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Old 05-04-2004, 03:31 AM
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Angry One of those days...

Well, I was going to do a valve adjustment on my car today.

A friend of mine happened to get a set of Hazet valve wrenches with his car, so for the past month or so, him, myself, and another friend of mine tried to find a time when our schedules coincided, to do a valve adjustment on all three vehicles (two 617 turbos and one Euro n/a 617).

The only problem was that, apparently, someone accidentally invited Murphy to join us.

First, the water pump went bad on the Euro 300D, so the day started out changing that out. Problem is, one of the bolts holding the fan clutch in started stripping. We wound up partially drilling out the threads, then took a BFH and a screwdriver to break the head off. Also, it turned out that the coolant was the green stuff, so he got to do a coolant flush, and that actually still hasn't been completed.

We then moved to starting the valve adjustment on that engine...actually went uneventfully, once we got the hang of it. I need new feeler gauges, though; a few of my gauges were really rusty.

Then came the second car ('84 300D, belongs to Ibe300D on here). He showed up a bit later in the day, so we made the mistake of starting to tear things apart while the engine was still warm. Of course, one of the valve cover nuts decided to jump out of my hand, and is still AWOL after a good hour of 3 people searching. If this wasn't bad enough, we wound up stripping the head of one of the bolts holding the fan clutch to his car as well. GYAAAAAAAAA!!!! It was about 9:00 by this point, so we decided to give up trying that and see about turning the crank with the power steering pulley (a no-no, I know, but better than nothing). Only problem there was that the belt kept slipping, either on the crank or the power steering pulley. After trying various things for maybe a half hour, we finally threw in the towel...

In retrospect, it's probably a good thing that we didn't even touch my car, but to say the least, this has not been a good day (in addition to all of this, one of my friends' computers took a dump and I couldn't resurrect it)...

Sorry, had to vent...have a good day
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Old 05-04-2004, 07:01 AM
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Sounds like an interesting day!
I've had a few like that, and all I can say is " Whew, I'm glad thats over"
People seem to misunderstand my friend, Mr Murphy--they think he is an awful fellow, and so pessimistic!
On the contrary--they fail to realize that Murphy was an optimist!
Here's hoping it goes better next time!
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Old 05-04-2004, 08:27 AM
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Intellectually I tell myself to just stop for the day when that stuff starts.....but emotionally I keep going. At least I keep the band-aid people in business and get to practice verbal restraint

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Old 05-04-2004, 08:41 AM
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Old 05-04-2004, 10:25 AM
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Warden,

I hope you 3 guys never decide to open a MB repair shop and charge by the hour.

P E H
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Old 05-04-2004, 10:34 AM
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Re: One of those days...

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If this wasn't bad enough, we wound up stripping the head of one of the bolts holding the fan clutch to his car as well.
Tim,
You are using the wrong tool!; quit using an open-end on those bolts!

Go right now and buy a Craftsman 10mm box-end. Grind the box end to about half-thickness (top to bottom and around the closed face of the box-end) and use that tool instead of an open end.
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Old 05-05-2004, 05:02 PM
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I hope you 3 guys never decide to open a MB repair shop and charge by the hour.
One of these guys actually wants to open a repair shop. I know better; I'm a halfway decent (note the word "halfway" ) shade-tree, but there's no way I could do this professionally.

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Go right now and buy a Craftsman 10mm box-end. Grind the box end to about half-thickness (top to bottom and around the closed face of the box-end) and use that tool instead of an open end.
Don't I risk weakening the box end by doing that? The bolts thus far have been pretty well torqued on.

I also need access to a grinder...but the friend who wants to open a shop is in an auto program at the moment; maybe he can do something (may as well; he's already going to go through the heads on my truck )...

Thank you all I've calmed down now, although yesterday proved to also be a "bad" day...here's to hoping that today goes better
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