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Forum: Mercedes-Benz Cars For Sale 07-13-2015, 07:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,374
Posted By FRANKNBENZ
Well, it's been two years and I still haven't...

Well, it's been two years and I still haven't retired.
A past forum contributor, I've been off again to Afghanistan, rebuilding terrorist bomb damage to the U.S. Consulate.

Good news is the...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz Cars For Sale 06-13-2013, 01:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,374
Posted By FRANKNBENZ
Leave Voice Message

Alternately, you may leave a voice message on the recorder 301-236-9518.
Forum: Mercedes-Benz Cars For Sale 05-12-2013, 05:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,374
Posted By FRANKNBENZ
FS: 1985 300D TURBO PACKAGE SALE

Retiring, moving west. Will sell everything as a single package for $12,000:
1985 300D "Old Blue" 265,000; original owner; engine, drive train OK; now my parts car
1985 300D "Gray Ghost"...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 02-03-2008, 10:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,058
Posted By FRANKNBENZ
Check battery, grounds, all fat wire connections...

Ignition key wires to the relay are relatively small. The ones that put the juice to the starter are much larger in diameter. You can cross the terminals of these large wires up high or down low on...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 02-03-2008, 05:00 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 820
Posted By FRANKNBENZ
Stuff to Check on a "New" 123

Newest 123 is 23 yrs old, oldest 30 or so.

When I look at getting another 85 300D Federal for the fleet, I do the 360 rust check, drain hole check, full undercarriage check, then take her on the...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 02-02-2008, 09:28 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 9,659
Posted By FRANKNBENZ
Garages I Have Known...

Hey, writing this from Islamabad, Pakistan. Got here just last week. You folks asking about parts from Old Blue will just have to wait til I get back.

Folks have some nice pix of their garage...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 01-22-2008, 10:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 628
Posted By FRANKNBENZ
Fixed That Rattle!!!

Dave and others,

Patient was an 85 300D Federal.

Vapor tube mount tab failure was NOT the rattle -- try a sheared alternater pivot bolt, oval-ing of the mount shroud bracket, cracking of the...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 01-20-2008, 07:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,722
Posted By FRANKNBENZ
WARNING...maybe, certainly an inspection point, 1985 300D Federal.

Squealing belts and rattling noise led me to the alternator on my newest used car, Silver Bullet. What I found folks might wish to put on their maintenance inspection lists:

1. Loose belts.
2. ...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 01-20-2008, 07:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,638
Posted By FRANKNBENZ
Sindelfingen for $18,500.

:D

Old Blue, bought new. Great ride, now died. Bangs and strife, how? Ask the wife!!!

Old Blue is under the tarp on the right of the Pix. The other two 85's are transplant recipients many...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 12-28-2007, 11:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 628
Posted By FRANKNBENZ
Thanks, Dave. Getting at and removing the screw...

Thanks, Dave. Getting at and removing the screw seems straightforward. I'm concerned about removing the tube, with all its bends, as being the more challenging.

Other than removing the cleaner...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 12-27-2007, 06:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 628
Posted By FRANKNBENZ
85 300d Federal Vapor Tube Mount Problem

Silver Bullet runs great. Recently noisy at idle, then smooth when pedal applied. Removed the air cleaner, housing. Noted the down tube from the housing to the oil sump was loose to the touch.
...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 12-27-2007, 05:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,291
Posted By FRANKNBENZ
Thanks for all the input. Hope too the engine is...

Thanks for all the input. Hope too the engine is not seized. May, may not be since as I indicated, I can drive it around the front of the house. It just knocks loudly.

Originally, after I...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 12-26-2007, 12:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,291
Posted By FRANKNBENZ
85 300d Federal Oil Pump Failure?

Of course it's Christmas Day. Of course I and my family did 100 miles up US 95 towards Philly to visit my bro. Of course the engine started to knock a bit at 80 miles (valve chatter?). Of course...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 11-12-2007, 02:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 694
Posted By FRANKNBENZ
Another post somewhere also advised to clean out...

Another post somewhere also advised to clean out the fuse box contacts and then replace any and all aluminum (gray-looking) fuses with copper or bronze-looking, same amp rating, of course.

It may...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 11-12-2007, 02:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 757
Posted By FRANKNBENZ
Chattering regulators may possibly be only the...

Chattering regulators may possibly be only the deformation of the base material backing plate. My various 123's had several, all of which are now aligned, cleaned, lubed and back in service.
...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 11-09-2007, 09:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 799
Posted By FRANKNBENZ
What about this black box...

Possibly related, as it appears to be a black box...

85 300D passenger side footwell, right bulkhead. I find a plastic trim plate about 4"x6", which, when popped out, reveals the mysterious black...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 11-08-2007, 11:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 546
Posted By FRANKNBENZ
You may not have lifted the handle up far enough....

You may not have lifted the handle up far enough. Please try again. First, sit and move the seat up, release. Then haul up hard on that side handle, hold, and push pull with the legs.

If...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 11-08-2007, 10:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 546
Posted By FRANKNBENZ
Talking As in Life...your seat has its ups and downs...

The side handle links to some teeth and springs that cause the seat assembly to rise and fall (up and down)...BUT...not vertically. It's more like an angular motion.

Presuming everything under...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 11-06-2007, 04:29 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,527
Posted By FRANKNBENZ
War story and a tip or two...

Sorry to hear about your battery issues. I had to replace two on two cars within a week.

War story: Received Old Blue at Sindelfingen with a Bosch OEM in it. Battery, with regular maintenance...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 11-01-2007, 06:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,509
Posted By FRANKNBENZ
Buyer Pays for Inspection

A person wishing to get MD plates on a used car must submit the vehicle to a licensed MD inspection station: usually an indie garage or one associated with a gas station (rarely stealerships), for...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-29-2007, 04:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 795
Posted By FRANKNBENZ
I bought two Tiwanese knock-offs from Potomac...

I bought two Tiwanese knock-offs from Potomac Auto
http://mbpartsonline.com/index.html

You might be able to find them at a pick and pull.

Both fit great. Remember to reuse or create a new...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-29-2007, 03:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,509
Posted By FRANKNBENZ
Well, at least you have a wide spectrum of...

Well, at least you have a wide spectrum of opinions on this subject... :rolleyes:

The operative phrase recently quoted was "If it ain't busted..." Quite true, but this assumes a level of...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-27-2007, 08:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 618
Posted By FRANKNBENZ
Check out this how-to...

To remove a fuel screen in a D or CD, check out this thread:
http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/showpost.php?p=1613769&postcount=1

Wagons are a bit easier.

If the tank has never been cleaned,...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-27-2007, 08:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,509
Posted By FRANKNBENZ
If recent buy...do the whole deal...

Your mech probably found a torn boot or worn bearings giving the rod a loose, rattle-ly feeling.

If you just got the car, it is wise to do the whole front end steering deal, L, R, C (drag link),...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz Used Parts For Sale & Wanted 10-26-2007, 12:02 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,376
Posted By FRANKNBENZ
Reply from Dakar, Senegal

Noble Forum Fellows,

At first glance, all the stuff mentioned by Ken, James, Dave (the geek), and GC are still on the car.

Ken - The air cleaner housing, cover, intake air tube, etc. are all...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz Used Parts For Sale & Wanted 10-22-2007, 01:42 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,376
Posted By FRANKNBENZ
Hey, James. Wife is from your neck of the woods....

Hey, James. Wife is from your neck of the woods. Everybody down there learn to drive demo derby? :rolleyes:

1. Wheels. Standard 84, 85 OEM (model with no hub caps), alu or mag, not steel...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-22-2007, 01:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,200
Posted By FRANKNBENZ
Ripoff? Maybe. Everyone gets to reserve...

Ripoff? Maybe. Everyone gets to reserve judgement.

Before reading Kemp, I purchased the latest edition of her homebrew compendium -- the articles, references, etc. Good stuff. Thought the...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz Used Parts For Sale & Wanted 10-21-2007, 01:22 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,376
Posted By FRANKNBENZ
1985 W123 300D Turbo. "Parting" with and Old Friend! Sniff!

Wife got Old Blue whacked for the last time. Lots of good stuff left on her (the car, not the wife :D ) save for the LF headlight, grille, Oil cooler, radiator...the point of the near T-bone.
...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-20-2007, 12:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,200
Posted By FRANKNBENZ
For those who are now serving or who have served,...

For those who are now serving or who have served, you are welcome. Thank you for remembering.
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-20-2007, 12:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,528
Posted By FRANKNBENZ
Winter = "White"; Gray = "Glorious days"

OK, so a poet I ain't. :cool:

Proper oil weight for each season is the key. I go with the Castrol Diesel stuff for two reasons: $7.77 a gallon; change filters and oil every 2.5K miles.

The...
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