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Old 11-12-2010, 10:26 PM
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The Sad Demise of Beirut Taxi

Richard, the Virginia Beach neighbor who bought 'Beirut Taxi', my rusty but nice-running '81 240D, called my up his morning with a sad tale. Seems a carpenter hired to help enlarge the loft above his garage turned out to have a phony name and a felony rap-sheet. After several days work, said carpenter (hereafter known as Dirtbag!) became familiar with where Rischard kept the car-keys.
Ignoring the keys to Richard's nice 2.6 190E, and the wife's late-model Volvo SUV, Dirtbag decided to help himself to Beirut Taxi. After an unsuccessful attempt to fence the old car, Dirtbag then drove to a deserted street near the Virgina Beach Pick-N-Pull and torched it. Unfortunately for Dirtbag, he was unaware that security cameras at the nearby industial-park, caught his bonfire on videotape!
About a week after the car dissappeared, the arson investigator for the local fire department showed up to inform Richard the his car had been found and would he like to accompany them downtown for questioning! Richard informed them that he'd reported the theft to the police the previous week, and that the car only had liability insurance coverage, which probably took some of the wind out of the arson investigator's sails.
Dirtbag was arrested, and with his prior record, they say he's facing a minimum 5-years for arson, plus grand-theft charges.
Unfortuately, Richard is still out his nice-running 240D, plus what he spent for the new brake master-cylinder, timing-chain, shocks, tires and stereo.
Despite it's cosmetic flaws, Richard and his wife really came to like that car. Just a week before it was stolen, they drove it down to Beaufort SC for a weekend holiday.
To top it off, Dirtbags attorney called Richard to claim his client was owed $2500 for the work on the garage! Richard replied the amount was actually closer to $150 and Dirtbag was caught red-handed on tape.
The attorney's response "Well, he hasn't been convicted"
Richard's final word "Go ahead and sue!"

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Old 11-12-2010, 10:55 PM
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Well that just sucks... amazing what people will do....
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Old 11-12-2010, 11:30 PM
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Sorry to hear of your loss. Dirt Bags attorney is probably trying to get some money from some place as he realizes that dirt bag has none. The counter claim if he was stupid enough to sue would be interesting, Maybe $10k, when you consider that he failed to complete the work & you have suffered significant psychological injury from his actions!
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Old 11-12-2010, 11:41 PM
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It's actually my neihgbor Richard's's loss, as he bought the car from me last year, but I had some good times and fond memories with it during my brief ownership, and I'm sad to see another old 240D destroyed.
Not sure he would collect for mental anguish, but since it was a deliberate and malicious act, Richard might be awarded a sizeabe sum in punitive damages if it ever went to civil court. But I doubt Dirtbag has any significant cash or assets.

Richard told me the car is actually intact from the windsheild forward. I'll have a look when I get to Virginia Beach next week.
Wouldn't it be ironic if I wound up getting some spare parts from Beirut Taxi's remains at the Virginia Beach Pick-N-Pull!

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Old 11-12-2010, 11:51 PM
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Pick n pull atleast here has a policy of Crushing burnouts right away
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Old 11-13-2010, 12:02 AM
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I've seen some burnt vehicles linger awhile at the Virginia Beach Pick-N-Pull. So long as they still have some valuable undamaged parts like engines, trannys, etc...
Richard was talking about getting some parts off it BEFORE it gets sent to scrap.

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Old 11-13-2010, 01:55 AM
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I had a middle school math teacher that used to teach in Chicago. Said his SAAB was torched, but he was able to drive it to the junkyard.
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Old 11-21-2010, 09:02 AM
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I went with my neighbor Richard over to where they towed the charred hulk that once was his (and my) 240D.
Turns out the fire made it to the engine compartment, and burned for some time before the fire department arrived. Everything around the top of the engine - fuel lines, vacuum hoses and other combustible items have vanished.
So it looks like the engine is toast. Richard managed to save the hood-star, and I got the left front corner-light. There were a few other undamaged bits, like the alternator, and possibly the transmission, but we brought no tools and Richard will probably leave them. He does plan on returning to recover the three undamaged new tires, and four aluminum rims to use on his 250SL.
So sad!
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Old 11-21-2010, 11:12 AM
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The scumbag that torched the 240, should be offered as a burnt offering to the MB Gods. In the middle of a busy intersection .

Seems odd to sell the car to the PNP, then go back and buy parts off it should have removed the parts first.

The MB dies and the Scumbag lives on............


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Old 11-21-2010, 10:52 PM
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The scumbag that torched the 240, should be offered as a burnt offering to the MB Gods. In the middle of a busy intersection .

Seems odd to sell the car to the PNP, then go back and buy parts off it should have removed the parts first.

The MB dies and the Scumbag lives on............


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Well, the car isn't mine anymore, but belongs to my neighbor, so he has the final say on it's disposal. The only thing I'd really like would be the manual tranny (if it's the aluminum-case) but the car is secured in the back-lot of a local bodyshop, they want it out by tommorrow, and I need to get back to Alexandria Tuesday, so I don't think I'll have an opportunity.

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To top it off, Dirtbags attorney called Richard to claim his client was owed $2500 for the work on the garage! Richard replied the amount was actually closer to $150 and Dirtbag was caught red-handed on tape.
The attorney's response "Well, he hasn't been convicted"
Richard's final word "Go ahead and sue!"

****ing scumbag losers piss me the **** off and some of these lawyers are becoming awfully close to them in my book......



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Well, the car isn't mine anymore, but belongs to my neighbor, so he has the final say on it's disposal. The only thing I'd really like would be the manual tranny (if it's the aluminum-case) but the car is secured in the back-lot of a local bodyshop, they want it out by tommorrow, and I need to get back to Alexandria Tuesday, so I don't think I'll have an opportunity.

Happy Motoring, Mark

Yeah I knew it was you neighbors from the first post. If you wern`t so far away I`ed pull the trans for you. hate to see good parts crushed.

There should be some kind forum member that would pull it for you in your neck of the woods. Hey guys!!!!!!! don`t be bashful

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1) Not much power
2) Even less power
3) Not nearly enough power!! 240D w/auto

Anyone that thinks a 240D is slow drives too fast.

80 240D Naturally Exasperated, 4-Spd 388k DD 150mph spedo 3:58 Diff

We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics. Funny how that works
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****ing scumbag losers piss me the **** off and some of these lawyers are becoming awfully close to them in my book......




then down the road these Lawyers become Scumbag looser politicians.


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there were three HP ratings on the OM616...

1) Not much power
2) Even less power
3) Not nearly enough power!! 240D w/auto

Anyone that thinks a 240D is slow drives too fast.

80 240D Naturally Exasperated, 4-Spd 388k DD 150mph spedo 3:58 Diff

We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics. Funny how that works
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Old 01-07-2011, 10:47 AM
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Well. My neighbor told me a local Virginia Beach scrapper gave him over $400 for Beirut Taxi's charred remains, and he was able to keep the 4 alloy hubcap-wheels, with the three remaining new undamaged tires for his Pagoda 250SL.
last I heard, the price for junkers was around $250 so it sounds like the price of scrap is up.
If I can figure out how to do it, I may post Beirut Taxi's final photos if anyone's interested.

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1) Not much power
2) Even less power
3) Not nearly enough power!! 240D w/auto

Anyone that thinks a 240D is slow drives too fast.

80 240D Naturally Exasperated, 4-Spd 388k DD 150mph spedo 3:58 Diff

We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics. Funny how that works
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