Parts Catalog Accessories Catalog How To Articles Tech Forums
Call Pelican Parts at 888-280-7799
Shopping Cart Cart | Project List | Order Status | Help




Go Back   PeachParts Mercedes-Benz Forum > Regional Forums > Events & Gatherings

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 10-28-2007, 11:38 PM
JimmyL's Avatar
Rogue T Intolerant!!!
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Sunnyvale, Texas (DFW)
Posts: 9,673
MB Shop/Mt. Vernon, TX. GTG pics

Subtitle: How China got Chickenpox......

What a great weekend!! I can't tell you how enjoyable Saturday and Sunday were. An MB Dork's Heaven on Earth......

So, I'll do this part from my perspective, and let the others add on.
Started out with Little China girl all packed and ready to head out on this crisp morning.



Went to Bass Pro to meet up with whoever else was coming. Uhm, China and I would be flying solo.....



I was just fixing to drive through Sulfur Springs, when I saw a backdrop that I literally backed up a 1/4 mile down the one-way service road to take advantage of. No explanation necessary.....



Enough self promotion, let's get to the GTG already!
Our Super hosts for this event were Sunny and her husband John. For some reason I didn't get a picture of them together. Doh!
Sunny:


{with an assist from the forum's own Roy, aka Whunter}

John:


John is in the light blue shirt, also being assisted by Roy.

The finest hosts we could possibly have hoped for. They picked a great spot to get all this stuff done, they bought us a barbecue dinner Saturday night (a lot of us!), they kept us in Cinnamon rolls this morning and provided about 6 cars of their own for us to learn from. They even helped one forum member not have to sleep in their Orient-titled auto....
So, the next big Thank You's go to Roy, our own little Whunter. Little? Well, maybe not so much....





Not only was it great to get to meet one of our very helpful forum members (and staff), but he and Larry showed us things all weekend. {We'll get to Larry in a minute}
__________________
Jimmy L.
'05 Acura TL 6MT
2001 ML430 My Spare

Gone:
'95 E300 188K "Batmobile" Texas Unfriendly Black
'85 300TD 235K "The Wagon" Texas Friendly White
'80 240D 154K "China" Scar engine installed
'81 300TD 240K "Smash"
'80 240D 230K "The Squash"
'81 240D 293K"Scar" Rear ended harder than Elton John

Last edited by JimmyL; 10-29-2007 at 12:51 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 10-28-2007, 11:38 PM
JimmyL's Avatar
Rogue T Intolerant!!!
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Sunnyvale, Texas (DFW)
Posts: 9,673
The event was well attended, and there was an opportunity to see old faces and meet some new folks also.



I guess the next introduction is Mr. Larry Bible. I absorbed as much from him as I could, any time he would open his mouth. Then, as an added bonus, he is just as interesting to talk to about non-MB related items as well!

Here, Larry was showing us the relationship with the vacuum pump and how the engine mating surface is shaped. {pump drive portion}





There was a videographer there also, and Larry demonstrated injection pump timing and a valve adjustment procedure. What a great thing to see.











Roy also demonstrated the rebuilding of a vacuum pump on a W123. As with many projects, I believe it required a rebuild kit and 2 different vac pumps to make a good one. His experienced eyes recognized a flaw in the one being rebuilt, so a backup plan was necessary.



Armando {Rashakor} helped with the demonstration, and we all cycled in and out for a good view of the process.

__________________
Jimmy L.
'05 Acura TL 6MT
2001 ML430 My Spare

Gone:
'95 E300 188K "Batmobile" Texas Unfriendly Black
'85 300TD 235K "The Wagon" Texas Friendly White
'80 240D 154K "China" Scar engine installed
'81 300TD 240K "Smash"
'80 240D 230K "The Squash"
'81 240D 293K"Scar" Rear ended harder than Elton John

Last edited by JimmyL; 10-29-2007 at 12:43 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-28-2007, 11:38 PM
JimmyL's Avatar
Rogue T Intolerant!!!
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Sunnyvale, Texas (DFW)
Posts: 9,673
Look, it's as simple as this: When it comes to making your MB look as good as is possible, and maybe better, you want Shell {Bodyart27} providing this information. He used a beautiful black '93 W124 for the demonstration. {I'm so sorry that I can't think of your forum name at this late hour}
Shell taped off half the hood to show us a good before/after from this work.
Shell started out with clay bar, then I believe used a 3M compound to cut some of the imperfections, then on to a nice wax. {I may be missing a step in here}





He also gave us very detailed information and explanations on the different buffing pads, clay bar tips, good Mequires products for a 3 step process, buffing techniques, and loads of other info. He also ran us in in-between steps to feel and see the effect of his work. Great info, but you see the work that goes into why his cars look like they do. It ain't an accident.....

We also had a very amateur paint and body man, and somewhat of a prankster. Young Dan {WhiskeyDan} got a hold of some cleaner wax, and decided to turn China into a Dalmation.



Now the pressure is on to get the rest of the car polished up..... No worries. It was very funny, and it was just nice to see that him and Tab made it to the GTG. Same with Rich and Mrs. Rich.

Today started out with another beautiful crisp morning, and the China coffee shop was open for business.


I think I might have almost burned Larry's face off with the temp of the coffee. And most important, it was NOT weak!

Sunday was spent mostly putting folks cars up on the scissor lift and having Roy crawl under it and tell us things that needed addressing. If you were missing exhaust hangers, you probably heard about it.







I really enjoyed this whole weekend! It was good to meet Roy and Larry and Dave Morrison and so many other new faces. It was also nice to see some old faces from some of the "regulars".
I always enjoy seeing the cars that folks bring. We had a 560SL, a Pagoda, a 300E W124 5sp, a dropped 300SD, a couple W124's, several SDL's and of course SD's and D's. {and a Honda }
We swapped stories, we swapped food, we swapped info, we swapped parts and it was just a great time.
Finally had to turn China into the sun and head back towards home.



Can't wait for the next one.......

Dave {Chasingthesun} took a lot better pictures than I, and hopefully he will add his at some point. I would forget to take pics for long stretches of time. Whoops......
__________________
Jimmy L.
'05 Acura TL 6MT
2001 ML430 My Spare

Gone:
'95 E300 188K "Batmobile" Texas Unfriendly Black
'85 300TD 235K "The Wagon" Texas Friendly White
'80 240D 154K "China" Scar engine installed
'81 300TD 240K "Smash"
'80 240D 230K "The Squash"
'81 240D 293K"Scar" Rear ended harder than Elton John

Last edited by JimmyL; 10-29-2007 at 01:07 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-29-2007, 07:42 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 106
With all those cameras there, is there some way to put any video that was taped up on You Tube? Those of us who couldn't go would love to hear and see some of those sessions!
__________________
1983 300D (Hans)
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-29-2007, 09:27 AM
Rashakor's Avatar
Darth Diesel
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Philly PA
Posts: 676
Twas a blast!

As a moron; i forgot my camera!
__________________
------------------------------------------
Aquilae non capunt muscas! (Eagles don't hunt flies!)


1979 300SD Black/Black MBtex239000mi
1983 300TD euro-NA. White/Olive Cloth-MBtex 201000mi. Fleet car of the USA embassy in Morocco
1983 240D Labrador Blue/Blue MBtex 161000mi
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-29-2007, 09:30 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Dallas
Posts: 802
How did China run

After the drip method for IP timing and the Valve Adjustment, could you tell any performance difference driving back to Dallas?
__________________
~shell
As of 2/2010:
2001 CLK55 0o\=*=/o0
13.6 @ 106mph
10K mi
1984 300SD
260K mi and going and going...
97 S600
46K miles
1991 Sentra SE-R (extremely dorked with)
www.se-r.net
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-29-2007, 09:31 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Dallas
Posts: 802
Rashakor....

Did you get your front end work completed?
__________________
~shell
As of 2/2010:
2001 CLK55 0o\=*=/o0
13.6 @ 106mph
10K mi
1984 300SD
260K mi and going and going...
97 S600
46K miles
1991 Sentra SE-R (extremely dorked with)
www.se-r.net
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-29-2007, 11:04 AM
JimmyL's Avatar
Rogue T Intolerant!!!
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Sunnyvale, Texas (DFW)
Posts: 9,673
Quote:
Originally Posted by bodyart27 View Post
After the drip method for IP timing and the Valve Adjustment, could you tell any performance difference driving back to Dallas?
It seems to run the same, but it now has trouble starting. Great.......
I'm sorry I didn't do your detailing demo justice. It was great info!
__________________
Jimmy L.
'05 Acura TL 6MT
2001 ML430 My Spare

Gone:
'95 E300 188K "Batmobile" Texas Unfriendly Black
'85 300TD 235K "The Wagon" Texas Friendly White
'80 240D 154K "China" Scar engine installed
'81 300TD 240K "Smash"
'80 240D 230K "The Squash"
'81 240D 293K"Scar" Rear ended harder than Elton John
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 10-29-2007, 11:14 AM
Rashakor's Avatar
Darth Diesel
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Philly PA
Posts: 676
Quote:
Originally Posted by bodyart27 View Post
Did you get your front end work completed?

Nope, but the car was the poster child of a car that need new upper control arms urgently (to the point of dangerous drivring says Roy!)
__________________
------------------------------------------
Aquilae non capunt muscas! (Eagles don't hunt flies!)


1979 300SD Black/Black MBtex239000mi
1983 300TD euro-NA. White/Olive Cloth-MBtex 201000mi. Fleet car of the USA embassy in Morocco
1983 240D Labrador Blue/Blue MBtex 161000mi
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 10-29-2007, 11:19 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 2,301
WOW ,Jimmy l ,your pictures are great ,youve pointed out I think everyones feeling about the meet ,GREAT times !!! If their was a vacation package offered for any enthusiast of the 123 ,I would call this event the deluxe package.Thanks to all who made it happen .Sunny ,John ,W Hunter ,IT WAS FUN IN THE SUN ,from beginning to end.I didnt realize this at the time ,but Roy was describing a problem with the differential that Ive come to own on my 84 300d on the way back to Houston.I had been driving south on I-45 and just out of Centerville I was getting a rolling vibration noise from the rear of the car,pulled over and checked the wheel and sure enough something will be coming off the car with help from that nifty differential tool that Ill need to order now . I do realize now ,after it has soaked in , I have learned more about my car than ever before , not to mention from Roy ,a master tech , and wish I could learn more,all ways next year!!!
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 10-29-2007, 11:26 AM
JimmyL's Avatar
Rogue T Intolerant!!!
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Sunnyvale, Texas (DFW)
Posts: 9,673
Quote:
Originally Posted by chasinthesun View Post
.......I was getting a rolling vibration noise from the rear of the car,pulled over and checked the wheel and sure enough something will be coming off the car with help from that nifty differential tool that Ill need to order now .
Wheel bearing??? While you're ordering, better make sure you have the proper # of exhaust hangers!
__________________
Jimmy L.
'05 Acura TL 6MT
2001 ML430 My Spare

Gone:
'95 E300 188K "Batmobile" Texas Unfriendly Black
'85 300TD 235K "The Wagon" Texas Friendly White
'80 240D 154K "China" Scar engine installed
'81 300TD 240K "Smash"
'80 240D 230K "The Squash"
'81 240D 293K"Scar" Rear ended harder than Elton John
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 10-29-2007, 11:28 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 2,301
I wonder what sunny is looking at with Roy in picture 4 rashakor? It aint perty.I cant bragg on my car though ,underneath was an oily zebart special.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 10-29-2007, 11:38 AM
Rashakor's Avatar
Darth Diesel
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Philly PA
Posts: 676
Quote:
Originally Posted by chasinthesun View Post
I wonder what sunny is looking at with Roy in picture 4 rashakor? It aint perty.I cant bragg on my car though ,underneath was an oily zebart special.
Roy is pointing at ball joint pornography! The ball joint are clearly oozing a rusty mess on the picture.
__________________
------------------------------------------
Aquilae non capunt muscas! (Eagles don't hunt flies!)


1979 300SD Black/Black MBtex239000mi
1983 300TD euro-NA. White/Olive Cloth-MBtex 201000mi. Fleet car of the USA embassy in Morocco
1983 240D Labrador Blue/Blue MBtex 161000mi
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 10-29-2007, 12:17 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Dallas
Posts: 802
Jimmy and Rashakor - front end rebuild???

If Saturday weather permits, you guys want to tackle Rashakor's front end rebuild at my place? Saturday would be better only because the parts department at Park Place Mercedes is open until 5pm incase we need something last minute and we can get the car on the road in a day. With three of us tackling it I think we can get it done in a day.

I've got the tools etc.... Rashakor just needs to bring the car and parts

If so, Private Message me if this weekend works, or, we will schedule something for the future.
__________________
~shell
As of 2/2010:
2001 CLK55 0o\=*=/o0
13.6 @ 106mph
10K mi
1984 300SD
260K mi and going and going...
97 S600
46K miles
1991 Sentra SE-R (extremely dorked with)
www.se-r.net

Last edited by bodyart27; 10-29-2007 at 12:35 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 10-29-2007, 12:27 PM
R Leo's Avatar
Stella!
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: En te l'eau Rant
Posts: 5,393
Great times, great folks!

That was a fantastic GTG!!! Tech sessions are a great way to find out more about these cars.

Thanks again to Sunny and John for getting Roy down here from the Rustoleum Belt and herding all the cats on Saturday (and Sunday too, I guess, but I wasn't there).

Putting a face with notables such as Larry Bible was cool too!
__________________
Never a dull moment at Berry Hill Farm.

Last edited by R Leo; 10-29-2007 at 01:02 PM.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On




All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:57 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Peach Parts or Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page