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Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 11-10-2020, 03:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,099
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
If I had one of these sagging units, I would...

If I had one of these sagging units, I would replace it with the spring-kit in a heartbeat. I never had any problem with the coil-spring units in my two Fintails.

Perhaps, for show-car fanatics,...
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 11-01-2020, 07:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,099
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Is the coil-spring replacement/conversion for the...

Is the coil-spring replacement/conversion for the compensator advisable or still available? I installed one on a guy's '66 250S many years ago and he's still happy with it.

Happy Motoring, Mark
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-31-2020, 05:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 260
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
throttle part

An acquaintance has a 1984 Euro W123 non-turbo, automatic 300D sedan.
Near the valve-cover is a tab with a hole in it attached to the throttle-shaft.
In this hole is resting the bead on the end of...
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 10-17-2020, 03:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 778
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
I don't know why my '72 220 didn't already have...

I don't know why my '72 220 didn't already have power steering. Someone must've been a real cheapskate, or thought "Hm, it's only a 4-cylinder - it won't need power steering!". I'd seen one or two...
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 10-12-2020, 10:35 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 778
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
The '72 W115 220 I mentioned had been...

The '72 W115 220 I mentioned had been inadequately repaired after an accident. I was able to fix the upper control arm and restore the alignment, but the manual steering always felt vague and a chore...
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 10-11-2020, 12:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 778
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Yes, the manual column-shift W108 was available...

Yes, the manual column-shift W108 was available with power-steering. I had the pleasure to test drive a '69 280S many years ago that was so equipped.

First I would see if the shorter...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 05-29-2020, 04:29 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,274
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Yep. Still around Those special barrel...

Yep. Still around
Those special barrel fasteners look nice, but to use them, length is critical and with the heads in a blind space there's no assurance the barrels wouldn't turn while you're...
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 12-20-2019, 12:23 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,622
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
If we mean 'best NEW car for 2020, I'd have to...

If we mean 'best NEW car for 2020, I'd have to pick a Corolla with the manual (Toyota has recalled some of their CVTs, which is the only automatic available on a new Corolla) or Camry.
I wouldn't...
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 12-20-2019, 11:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 678
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
I presume you mean "torched it". Any pictures? ...

I presume you mean "torched it". Any pictures?

Happy Motoring, Mark
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 12-20-2019, 08:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 474
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
If you can't fix stupid, at least profit from it....

If you can't fix stupid, at least profit from it.
There's GOLD in the produce aisle!

DrDKW
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 12-20-2019, 07:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 678
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Skodas in the US

I was online, reading some recent news articles about the possibility that Skoda automobiles might be imported to the US.

So that got me wondering, does anyone here know or remember that, at the...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 12-19-2019, 02:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 729
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
The splined shaft is steel, and I believe it...

The splined shaft is steel, and I believe it makes splines in the alloy wiper arm when you tighten the nut. I've seen these wear the hole in the arm excessively if they worked loose repeatedly, or...
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 12-09-2019, 06:38 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,208
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
I lived in apartments from 1978 to 1989, during a...

I lived in apartments from 1978 to 1989, during a period of record interest rates that locked me out of home-buying for a decade. Eventually, my earnings improved and interest dropped below 10% so I...
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 11-15-2019, 04:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,247
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
In the early '70s I learned to drive stick in a...

In the early '70s I learned to drive stick in a column-shift '61 Ponton 180b.

Also fun are the reactions of passengers old enough to remember a column-shift, and younger passengers who don't have...
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 05-15-2019, 02:28 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,026
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
As usual - that Honda is NA for North America! ...

As usual - that Honda is NA for North America!

At first glance my '47 Doodlebug looks very much in shape & size like the cheap small minibikes that became popular in the '60s, with aluminum B&S...
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 05-14-2019, 03:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 809
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Somewhere online, I've seen a Miata wearing '59...

Somewhere online, I've seen a Miata wearing '59 Caddy fins.
Personally, I think some of today's evil-grin, lizard-eye car designs would be improved with a pair of fins!

Happy Motoring, Mark
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 05-14-2019, 02:47 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,026
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Back around 1969, where I was growing up, a kid...

Back around 1969, where I was growing up, a kid who lived next door had a red Trail-90. They moved shortly after, so I didn't have a chance to find out much about it. Does Honda still make a a...
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 05-13-2019, 05:30 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,026
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
I forgot about the Doodle-Bug scooter I inherited...

I forgot about the Doodle-Bug scooter I inherited from my Dad, and that I used to ride as a teenager. He bought it from a Western Auto store near the Texas airbase he was stationed at in 1947.
It's...
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 05-13-2019, 02:34 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,026
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Imagine what a horse-fly on the cheek feels like...

Imagine what a horse-fly on the cheek feels like at 103!
It seemed like my R27 had plenty of torque, at least up to about 30 - 40 mph - as fast as I was willing to push it on that side street.
When...
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 05-12-2019, 10:56 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,026
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
I still have one other vintage two-wheeler - a...

I still have one other vintage two-wheeler - a 1961 Sears Allstate made in Austria by Daimler-Puch. It's a motorbike-size 50cc moped, with a manual-clutch and two-speed, twist-grip, cable-shifter....
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 05-11-2019, 03:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 543
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Six a week? That's not very encouraging! ...

Six a week? That's not very encouraging!

Happy Motoring, Mark
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 05-11-2019, 02:58 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,026
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Only 'real' motorcycle I've ever owned and ridden...

Only 'real' motorcycle I've ever owned and ridden was a 1966 BMW R27 - the last of the BMW singles. Bought it from a guy in 1979, for $350. It was white, with black pinstripe, and the old 1930s style...
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 05-08-2019, 02:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 543
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
On the front of the engine, my '82 240d has an ID...

On the front of the engine, my '82 240d has an ID plate with the word 'TAUSCHAGGREGZT'. I was told on one of these forums that it's a factory replacement engine. Don't know if this applies to yours....
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 05-06-2019, 01:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 724
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Not crazy about the RH steering, but love that...

Not crazy about the RH steering, but love that column-shift!

Happy Motoring, Mark
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 05-06-2019, 12:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 774
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
The real G-wagons are the simple ones they...

The real G-wagons are the simple ones they originally built decades ago.
Not today's pimped-out monstrosities for idiots that want to spend Rolls-Royce money on an SUV!
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 05-06-2019, 12:39 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 714
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
The Constitution and Bill of Rights exists to...

The Constitution and Bill of Rights exists to limit how far our Government can over-reach, even if that over-reach is demanded by the majority. Often our Government needs to be reminded of that.
As...
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 05-05-2019, 11:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 714
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Yeah. Prosecute him. Until we commit a crime,...

Yeah. Prosecute him.
Until we commit a crime, not the rest of us!

DrDKW
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 05-05-2019, 11:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 655
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Reminds me of that Seinfeld episode where Jerry...

Reminds me of that Seinfeld episode where Jerry takes Elaine down to Florida to visit his folks, and they don't turn on the air-conditioning because they "never use it".

Back about 25 years ago, I...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 04-24-2019, 01:32 AM
Replies: 492
Views: 56,958
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Is that one of those nice California Cars?

Is that one of those nice California Cars?
Forum: Diesel Discussion 03-10-2019, 01:34 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 310
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Maybe if it didn't have the typical, well-salted,...

Maybe if it didn't have the typical, well-salted, north-eastern, swiss-cheese body!

Happy Motoring, Mark
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