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Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 02-14-2019, 05:12 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,466
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
On the 'Simpsons', years ago, Homer looks at a...

On the 'Simpsons', years ago, Homer looks at a strange little foreign car.
When he can't understand the symbols on the dash, he asks the dealer
"What country is this car from?'
Dealer replies...
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 02-04-2019, 02:53 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 529
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
1962 Hillman Super-Minx convertible - a mustard...

1962 Hillman Super-Minx convertible - a mustard yellow rust-bucket with red interior. In my senior year, spring of '74, I paid $50 for what was then the cheapest car in the Washington Post...
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 02-04-2019, 02:17 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,466
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Saw these at a mid '80s Washington D.C. auto...

Saw these at a mid '80s Washington D.C. auto show. The Yugo theme was 'Whats Right for America' so they had a red one, a white one, and a blue one.
Each car already had something broken on the...
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 02-03-2019, 02:08 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,009
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Haven't had an Email scam in a long time. But...

Haven't had an Email scam in a long time. But many scam phone-calls in the past 7 years - all in what sounded like an Indian or Pakistani accent!
First was the Publisher's Clearinghouse call (from...
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 02-03-2019, 12:19 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,575
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Well, they aren't getting any prettier. Saw a...

Well, they aren't getting any prettier.
Saw a new Toyota Yaris sedan yesterday (Mazda built by the way!)
and the lizard lights and angry giant fish-mouth grill looks like the face on a 'Mr Yuck'...
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 11-05-2018, 04:07 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,326
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Purchased for a song - repaired for an arm & a...

Purchased for a song - repaired for an arm & a leg - could make for a very brief ride.
Unless perhaps the buyer is in the controlled-substance business!

Happy Motoring, Mark
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 10-27-2018, 01:52 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,326
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Back in the early '80s, a friend had a '71 2800....

Back in the early '80s, a friend had a '71 2800. That car was plenty zippy and the exhaust note sounded wonderful. Several years later I looked at a cheap-priced '73 Bavaria that needed some TLC. But...
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 10-26-2018, 10:28 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,326
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
BMW 2800/Bavaria - their version of the German...

BMW 2800/Bavaria - their version of the German Gangster Car!

Happy Motoring, Mark
Forum: Mercedes-Benz Cars For Sale 10-25-2018, 09:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 979
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Miss Daisy left the neighborhood today for her...

Miss Daisy left the neighborhood today for her new home in rural Virginia.
Along with her, the new owner took a pickup-bed load of spare parts to help inspire him with his plans to refurb/restore...
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 10-25-2018, 09:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 606
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Miss Daisy left the neighborhood today for the...

Miss Daisy left the neighborhood today for the rural hinterlands of Virginia.
Along with Miss Daisy went a bunch of extra parts to inspire the new owner with his plans to refurb/restore her. It...
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 10-22-2018, 12:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 606
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Wish I could afford some extra land, or a...

Wish I could afford some extra land, or a warehouse to store all my stuff, preferably far away from here in Yuppieland!

Happy Motoring, Mark
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 10-20-2018, 05:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 606
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Free Fintail

If anyone is interested in an an early Fintail parts-car, I'm offering 'Miss Daisy', my '60 220S for free.
Shes pretty rough and rusty, but I believe the engine's salvageable- still turns over....
Forum: Mercedes-Benz Cars For Sale 10-20-2018, 05:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 979
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Sorry. Been busy & out of town & not checking...

Sorry. Been busy & out of town & not checking back here.
No current pictures.
She's rusty & pretty far gone, though I've seen worse brought back to life in some classic car mags.
Many parts...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz Cars For Sale 09-24-2018, 03:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 979
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Should be able to find better fintails there. ...

Should be able to find better fintails there.
As for mine, I did mention "rust".

Happy Motoring, Mark
Forum: Mercedes-Benz Cars For Sale 09-23-2018, 05:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 979
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Yes. I got her for free and enjoyed her for few...

Yes.
I got her for free and enjoyed her for few years. Hate to just send her to the crusher!
I do have spare parts for her. Some would be included with the car. Others would be for an extra...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz Cars For Sale 09-22-2018, 02:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 979
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Time to part with 'Miss Daisy'

Looking for new home for my '60 W111 220S.
Originally purchased in Italy, and owned by USN Captain Lucien Powell, and then his widow Eloise, who left the car to me in 2001. Eloise's daughters used...
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 06-26-2018, 09:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 433
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
No septic to screw up here. Just my throat &...

No septic to screw up here. Just my throat & eyes!

Happy Motoring, Mark
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 06-26-2018, 09:39 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,575
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Didn't car writers start decrying the excesses of...

Didn't car writers start decrying the excesses of chrome and fins by the late 50s? Then, by the mid '70s, I remember one critic compared some Japanese new-car styling to those mythological Asian...
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 06-26-2018, 04:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 433
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
I'm tired of inhaling fumes. I think it's time to...

I'm tired of inhaling fumes. I think it's time to confiscate the bleach!

Happy Motoring, Mark
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 06-25-2018, 06:32 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,575
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
I'm surprised no one suggested the be-snouted...

I'm surprised no one suggested the be-snouted Mercedes SLR for at least honorable-mention!

Happy Motoring, Mark
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 06-25-2018, 12:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 433
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
My Toxic Toilet!

So I share a small house and tiny bathroom with my brother, who has been (hopefully inadvertently) trying to gas me!
Now and then, he likes to pour a cup or two of bleach in the toilet - and leave...
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 05-19-2018, 03:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 449
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
I try to avoid even used cars with timing belts -...

I try to avoid even used cars with timing belts - often the seller doesn't have a clue if it's ever been serviced. Though I once made an exception with an '84 Accord as I'd just replaced the timing...
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 05-19-2018, 08:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 449
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Beginning with Honda mower engines, and now...

Beginning with Honda mower engines, and now moving up to some of the small Ford car engines, They've been running the timing belts internally, exposed to engine-oil!

Happy Motoring, Mark
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 05-19-2018, 08:08 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,575
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
I think that's the "kings's new clothes" effect,...

I think that's the "kings's new clothes" effect, not because the new models are breathtakingly beautiful.

Happy Motoring, Mark
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 03-04-2018, 10:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 711
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Well, the fuel-pump seal kit arrived three weeks...

Well, the fuel-pump seal kit arrived three weeks ago, but my schedule and weather prevented doing anything until last week. When I got the pump all apart, I discovered the motor's copper...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 02-28-2018, 08:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 366
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
I get to Virginia Beach about once a month and...

I get to Virginia Beach about once a month and the P-N-P is fairly near my place there. So I pay the $2 every month, since I also own a few Asian vehicles, and sometimes get requests from customers....
Forum: Diesel Discussion 02-27-2018, 07:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 366
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
At least mine don't have the nylon reservoirs to...

At least mine don't have the nylon reservoirs to worry about!

Happy Motoring, Mark
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 02-27-2018, 06:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 415
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
As I said, getting the lines out wasn't the big...

As I said, getting the lines out wasn't the big problem.

With the first radiator, the bores at the O-ring were undersized in the aluminum fittings. So the tips of the lines wouldn't even begin to...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 02-27-2018, 11:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 366
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
A CD, a TD, or a brass radiator for one? ...

A CD, a TD, or a brass radiator for one?

Several years ago, I also picked up a brass radiator for my '82 240D.
(Maybe that's why I haven't needed to replace it yet!)

Now if only I could find a...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 02-27-2018, 03:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 366
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Brass W123 Radiator at PNP

So last week, because I have a 'Toolkit' card, it was half-price weekend for me at the Virginia Beach Pick-N-Pull. I scored an aftermarket brass & copper radiator out of a non-turbo 1980 300CD for...
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