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Forum: Diesel Discussion 08-25-2009, 07:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 567
Posted By ncarter
Bump. It's still in the garage, and I'm...

Bump.

It's still in the garage, and I'm quite flexible on the price as long as it goes to a good home.
Forum: Mercedes Cars For Sale 08-25-2009, 06:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,518
Posted By ncarter
Yep, still have it. Drop me an e-mail, phone...

Yep, still have it.

Drop me an e-mail, phone call, or SMS/text if you like - PMs through this site don't always notify me by e-mail, and I don't check this thread every day. My contact info is in...
Forum: Mercedes Cars For Sale 08-24-2009, 05:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,518
Posted By ncarter
Bump. Still entertaining all reasonable offers. ...

Bump. Still entertaining all reasonable offers.


One more thing that I found when showing the car to a prospective buyer: the ignition lock is sometimes sticky. I have a replacement ignition...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 05-22-2009, 12:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,914
Posted By ncarter
What are rod bearings made of?

Ok, this post is kinda convoluted, so bear with me (and pardon the pun).

In addition to being an amateur mechanic, I'm an amateur jewelry artist and silversmith. I find that certain auto parts...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 05-20-2009, 04:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 567
Posted By ncarter
Very nice W123 body/trans/interior for sale - Tampa

Hope this post isn't against the rules, just thought ya'll would be the appropriate target audience.

Entertaining all reasonable offers.
...
Forum: Mercedes Cars For Sale 05-20-2009, 04:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,518
Posted By ncarter
Bump. Entertaining all reasonable offers. ...

Bump.

Entertaining all reasonable offers. My wife really wants it out of the garage! I'll hate to see it go, but realistically I don't think I'll ever drive it again.
Forum: Mercedes Cars For Sale 05-14-2009, 02:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,518
Posted By ncarter
1983 W123 240D - great body/interior/wheels, broken camshaft - $1000 (Tampa FL)

1983 Mercedes W123 240D. Approximately 250k on the body. It's a family hand-me-down, been in my possession since about 1994.

Pulled out the motor and rebuilt it due to low oil pressure. While the...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 09-19-2007, 11:45 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 534
Posted By ncarter
I found a few pictures on my computer, mostly of...

I found a few pictures on my computer, mostly of the broken camshaft. Here's the engine bay with the valve cover removed, the night it died. I was expecting to find a broken timing chain. When I...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 09-19-2007, 11:34 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 534
Posted By ncarter
What's it worth? (good-condition 240D w/ broken camshaft)

Good morning,

I'm trying to find out if my car is worth anything. My dad has been talking about taking it away for a biodiesel conversion, but it's been sitting for 9 months and my wife wants it...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 01-05-2007, 11:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,024
Posted By ncarter
Practically everything. New pistons, new cylinder...

Practically everything. New pistons, new cylinder liners, new crankshaft bearings, new valve springs. I did not have the head machined or the valves ground as the machine shop said the head was in...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 01-05-2007, 10:46 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,024
Posted By ncarter
It doesn't spin at all. When I turn the key, the...

It doesn't spin at all. When I turn the key, the engine twitches a bit due to the torque of the starter, but doesn't budge at all.

I unfortunately expect to discover that a piston is stuck due...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 01-05-2007, 10:21 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,918
Posted By ncarter
If he's doing a valve adjustment, then I...

If he's doing a valve adjustment, then I certainly hope he already has the valve cover off...

But you can quite easily pull them at any time without removing the valve cover. Just use a big...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 01-05-2007, 10:12 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,024
Posted By ncarter
More potentially useful information:

The section of the camshaft over piston #4 slides freely out of the rear bearing, so I suppose it's possible that the valves were both closed and the piston still will be OK.

I didn't try to turn...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 01-05-2007, 10:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,024
Posted By ncarter
1983 240D camshaft broken :cry:

I hope you're all having a better evening than I am.

I had just left the parking lot at work when the engine just ...stopped. I coasted for a short bit, during which I attempted to restart it; it...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 01-04-2002, 12:02 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,689
Posted By ncarter
Another joke...

Confucius says: Man who run behind 240D will soon get exhausted.

How come nobody else ever laughs at diesel jokes?

- Nathan
'83 240D "Steiner"
'00 New Beetle TDI
Forum: Diesel Discussion 01-04-2002, 12:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 637
Posted By ncarter
I thought there were different thermostats for...

I thought there were different thermostats for different running temperatures: one for 80C and one for 90C, with the temperature stamped on the thermostat itself. If 84300D has the 80C thermostat...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 11-27-2001, 11:28 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,523
Posted By ncarter
Realistically speaking, I'm still at least a...

Realistically speaking, I'm still at least a month away from having the 240D ready to drive on a long trip, what with a 10-day-old baby and all the excitement.

But, Ryan, if you want to come over...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 11-27-2001, 11:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 714
Posted By ncarter
I need one too. The dealer won't sell just the...

I need one too. The dealer won't sell just the gear; they only supply the whole gearbox & motor assembly for roughly $330. I found a used motor & gearbox off a junker.. guess what? Yep, it was fried...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 11-27-2001, 05:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,022
Posted By ncarter
the Volkswagen TDI engine is amazing, too. When...

the Volkswagen TDI engine is amazing, too. When it was new, it was almost silent; you had to pop the hood or get near the tailpipe to hear it running. Now that it's broken in, one can hear it a...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 11-25-2001, 07:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,135
Posted By ncarter
I think the service manual has steps on replacing...

I think the service manual has steps on replacing the headliner. Using these steps you could probably remove enough of the trim and peel the headliner back to spray some adhesive up there, then...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 11-25-2001, 07:19 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,541
Posted By ncarter
For the sake of safety, I must expand on Larry's...

For the sake of safety, I must expand on Larry's previous comment:

If the high-pressure jet from an injector hits you, it will cut you. If diesel fuel gets into your bloodstream, even in a tiny...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 11-24-2001, 12:17 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,283
Posted By ncarter
I've got to agree with fryerpowered regarding the...

I've got to agree with fryerpowered regarding the Mustang. I've got nothing personal against Ford (I even worked for them as co-op while in college) but I'd take my 19-year-old Benz over a new...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 11-22-2001, 06:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,455
Posted By ncarter
It could be that the valves were not adjusted...

It could be that the valves were not adjusted properly last time - e.g. using the cold clearance values on a hot engine or vice versa.

Also, the valve clearances are held with a double-nut setup....
Forum: Diesel Discussion 11-20-2001, 08:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 588
Posted By ncarter
Smile It's a boy!

Off the usual topics, but worth sharing:

Nicholas Ian Carter, born Friday, November 16th, 2001 at 6:44 PM.
Weight: 6 lbs 12 oz. Length: 20 inches


Mom and baby are doing fine....
Forum: Diesel Discussion 11-20-2001, 08:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,455
Posted By ncarter
I'm concerned about your mechanic's report of the...

I'm concerned about your mechanic's report of the valves being "bad." Have you had the valve clearance adjusted recently? This is part of routine maintenance for this car and should be done every...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 11-20-2001, 07:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 448
Posted By ncarter
Your car uses a hydraulic self-leveling system as...

Your car uses a hydraulic self-leveling system as part of the rear suspension. I assume it uses engine power (vacuum or hydraulic pump) to operate this self-leveling system. So, when it's parked it...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 11-20-2001, 07:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,192
Posted By ncarter
Until you're certain otherwise, it's safe and...

Until you're certain otherwise, it's safe and cheap to assume it's dirty injectors like Larry stated.

Get some STP diesel injector cleaner (the blue bottle, not the red one, that's for gasoline),...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 11-13-2001, 02:26 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,672
Posted By ncarter
I've had the 240D up to around 95 on the...

I've had the 240D up to around 95 on the speedometer, hammer down on a long flat stretch. At this age in the car's life it's hard to tell how accurate that speedo is, though.

I've had the diesel...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 11-13-2001, 02:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 727
Posted By ncarter
i didn't do my research and bought one that I...

i didn't do my research and bought one that I *didn't* like. It picks up too many false signals and random interference, and doesn't pick up radar until they're within visual range anyway. I'll get...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 11-13-2001, 02:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 541
Posted By ncarter
Flux capacitor. - Nathan '83 240D...

Flux capacitor.

- Nathan
'83 240D "Steiner"
'00 New Beetle TDI
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