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  • DanStokes
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    Cool beans Andy, you'll be good as new. What makes me smile is that you and Dan hooked up in Arkansas. I wasn't there, but I was "there" thanks to your coverage. I was there heart and soul the whole time. You just couldn't see me. I was there.
    We missed you, Buddy.

    Dan

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  • pdub
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    Hi Dan - thanks - it's coming along. It's been a week now, and getting a bit more motion back every day.
    Cool beans Andy, you'll be good as new. What makes me smile is that you and Dan hooked up in Arkansas. I wasn't there, but I was "there" thanks to your coverage. I was there heart and soul the whole time. You just couldn't see me. I was there.

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  • Red_Kitty
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    Hi Dan - thanks - it's coming along. It's been a week now, and getting a bit more motion back every day.

    And yes it was the ALDA - the vertical rod had separated from the disc, so it was inop.
    Last edited by Red_Kitty; May 17th, 2019, 07:57 PM.

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  • DanStokes
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    Fixed some vacuum leaks and replaced some sticky valves and a broken diaphragm in the fuel metering system on the fuel pump were the main items. Also replaced the radio antenna. Rest was decorative trim parts.
    The ALDA was probably the bad diaphragm. ALDA is a contraction or some such for a German term - it modifies fuel delivery vs boost pressure. They could have put in a Dieselmeken pump and doubled the HP! But that might not have been the goal.

    Speaking of nice surprises - the 2:73 R&P arrived today from Richmond along with the installation kit. David Rackley will come to my shop with all his nifty set up tools and do the set-up so I'll pull the diff and clean everything up before he gets here. His ETA is sometime Tuesday so I'll try to have everything ready for him by then.

    BTW - Andy - how's your arm coming along? Hope all is well.

    Dan

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  • Red_Kitty
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    They were talking about it on the Mercedes forum I'm on but I missed the episode. Hope to catch it on a re-broadcast. Wondering what they did to it but I'm guessing that, among other things, the fixed the sunroof drains and the broken-down driver's seat, both common problems.

    Dan
    Fixed some vacuum leaks and replaced some sticky valves and a broken diaphragm in the fuel metering system on the fuel pump were the main items. Also replaced the radio antenna. Rest was decorative trim parts.
    Last edited by Red_Kitty; May 17th, 2019, 06:44 PM.

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  • DanStokes
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    Did you see the 1985 300TD wagon restored on Wheeler Dealers this week?
    They were talking about it on the Mercedes forum I'm on but I missed the episode. Hope to catch it on a re-broadcast. Wondering what they did to it but I'm guessing that, among other things, the fixed the sunroof drains and the broken-down driver's seat, both common problems.

    Dan

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  • Deaf Bob
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    Maybe not quite a derail, but y'all know I don't know jack about engines, and I'm not proud for not knowing, but.....I'm just curious. 30PSI boost and going for more? What does it take to blow the heads off of that thing?
    Watch tractor pulls.. Several engines, yes. But count turbos and blowers on each engine.. Compounding turbos being driven by blowers as well..

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  • Red_Kitty
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    I'm guessing I'll end up at 45ish. Remember, this IS a Diesel with a completely forged bottom end (the pistons, connecting rods, and crankshaft are all forged rather than simple machined casting and therefore much stronger) and there are lots of headbolts for each cylinder (6/cylinder IIRC ) so the head stays seated, and the whole deal is German overbuilt (I can relate). So it's tougher than the average bear. We'll find out!

    Dan


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  • Red_Kitty
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    Did you see the 1985 300TD wagon restored on Wheeler Dealers this week?
    Last edited by Red_Kitty; May 17th, 2019, 05:08 PM.

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  • RockJustRock
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    It took me a while to catch on. When hanging around tractor pull guys and Diesel guys for a long time I'd shriek "But, but, won't it detonate?". They'd always chuckle and say "Why yes, but it's supposed to.". Makes me wonder about direct injection and gasoline, but it only works in a radical level there to make up for the vaporization gasoline requires. Also the question is can Diesels gain from some "injection lead" the way gasoline gains from spark lead? Diesel guys only talk about two injection timings, right and wrong.

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  • DanStokes
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    Maybe not quite a derail, but y'all know I don't know jack about engines, and I'm not proud for not knowing, but.....I'm just curious. 30PSI boost and going for more? What does it take to blow the heads off of that thing?
    The answer is - quite a bit. The guys in Europe are running 60 PSI (I know - weird that it's in American units.... maybe 3 atmospheres?) supposedly with no bad results. I'm guessing I'll end up at 45ish. Remember, this IS a Diesel with a completely forged bottom end (the pistons, connecting rods, and crankshaft are all forged rather than simple machined casting and therefore much stronger) and there are lots of headbolts for each cylinder (6/cylinder IIRC ) so the head stays seated, and the whole deal is German overbuilt (I can relate). So it's tougher than the average bear. We'll find out!

    Dan

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  • Admirall2
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    30PSI boost and going for more?
    Because Diesel.

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  • pdub
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    Maybe not quite a derail, but y'all know I don't know jack about engines, and I'm not proud for not knowing, but.....I'm just curious. 30PSI boost and going for more? What does it take to blow the heads off of that thing?
    Last edited by pdub; May 17th, 2019, 10:44 AM.

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  • RockJustRock
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    There is a reason and that is the courts have ruled you don't have to return any item sent in error to get a replacement. Some online retailers were filling out of stocks with alternates and hoping the hassle would impel to customer to compromise. If they ship it to you in error it is now YOURS at no charge.

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  • Loren
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    My guess is that at your initial order Advance found they didn't have what you wanted, then your order sat there for a couple days while they decided getting you the correct part was too much of a hassle for them, so they finally just dropped what they had around in the box figuring on you the customer taking up their slop, i.e. just accepting it. When that didn't work and they wound up with an actual physical person in front of them demanding the correct part, somebody had to go hunt one down and then go through the process of acquiring it, wherever that may be from. As it turned out, their little gamble at the outset in sending the wrong one just to get the order passed through cost them, and it cost you.

    I've had good luck online-ordering parts to be picked up at the local O'Reilly's (generally staffed with patient, knowledgeable people), shipping free, where I can then open the box and confirm I got the right stuff before it ever leaves their hands. Maybe Advance will do the same thing.

    I like the parts that come from NAPA, in fact I prefer them even when more expensive, but the local counter people always stand there looking at me like I'm from Mars, or like they really don't feel like having to deal with another customer right then or something, and tend to be a little short on the knowledge thing when these days it doesn't take much with that computer in front of them. I just am not comfortable going there unless I have to, of-course that would have to do with whoever manages the place and not the NAPA organization itself. There's an Autozone with a similar staff attitude and less-good parts so we leave that one alone.

    The O'Reilly's lifetime-guarantee starter in my truck (how can you guarantee a starter for lifetime?) is going kaput after a year-and-a-half of very light use, it was inexpensive at the outset but it nearly stranded me on a recent road trip and now I've got to go through that hassle of changing it. Not worth the savings, that's for sure. I will swap it at the store for another which will then sit on the shelf as a spare while I go to NAPA and get the one I'll actually install, which hopefully stays there awhile.
    Last edited by Loren; May 17th, 2019, 10:18 AM.

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