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Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum Today, 12:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 244
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
You mentioned someone unplugged the blower. I...

You mentioned someone unplugged the blower.
I only commented because, even with the AC compressor out, to get the heater blower working properly, you may still need to sort out the two blowers and...
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum Today, 07:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 244
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
If your car has AC, there are TWO blower motors,...

If your car has AC, there are TWO blower motors, with a vacuum servo and change-over switch mounted above the gas-pedal, to switch from heater-blower to AC-blower, depending on the position of the...
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum Yesterday, 03:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 519
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Here it is! Got it last week. Thanks again,...

Here it is! Got it last week. Thanks again, rumb. :)

Happy Motoring, Mark D.
Forum: Diesel Discussion 09-10-2021, 02:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 457
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Well, here's where we are today. I spent the...

Well, here's where we are today. I spent the afternoon jacking up the front of my friend's 300D. Found vacuum line and connector solidly fastened to the modulator. Also the driveshaft, center bearing...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 09-04-2021, 09:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 457
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
I have no doubt there's worn bushings, mounts...

I have no doubt there's worn bushings, mounts etc.... But for now the only vacuum systems connected and running are the power-brake and the engine shut-off. Weather permitting, I hope to get under...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 09-04-2021, 08:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 457
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
So what kind of up-shifts should I expect with NO...

So what kind of up-shifts should I expect with NO vacuum connected to the modulator?

Mark D.
Forum: Diesel Discussion 09-04-2021, 06:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 457
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Car is an '84 Euro, 300D non-turbo. So no ALDA...

Car is an '84 Euro, 300D non-turbo. So no ALDA and no EGR vacuum valve or cam on the valve-cover throttle linkage.
Engine does have a twin EGR valve & block attached at the front of the...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 09-04-2021, 06:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 457
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
I'm OK with 'firm', but not so violent, it feels...

I'm OK with 'firm', but not so violent, it feels like the rear-end or driveshaft is going to blow up!

Happy Motoring, Mark
Forum: Diesel Discussion 09-03-2021, 10:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 457
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Shifts Like Whiplash!

A friend just bought a project 300D - an '84 Euro W123 4-door, non-turbo, manual HVAC, automatic. The tranny upshifts with a bang in every gear.
The vacuum pump works well enough to operate the...
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 08-22-2021, 12:53 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 531
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
I'm surprised no one mentioned cassettes! My '98...

I'm surprised no one mentioned cassettes! My '98 Altima's premium factory system still has a working cassette-player. Good thing too because its' CD player was DOA when i got it used in '05....
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 08-16-2021, 09:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 519
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Because of the plastic on this part, it might be...

Because of the plastic on this part, it might be difficult to find a good one in a wrecking yard after so many years of temperature extremes, fumes and weather.

Happy Motoring, Mark
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 08-16-2021, 04:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 519
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Part ordered and on the way. It was the last one!...

Part ordered and on the way. It was the last one! :)
Thanks All!

Happy Motoring, Mark D.
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 08-16-2021, 11:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 519
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Talked to a very nice lady on the phone. They...

Talked to a very nice lady on the phone. They show one in stock and on sale for $35, but she will confirm, then call if it's not, or eMail a Paypal invoice later today if it is.
By the way,...
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 08-16-2021, 04:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 519
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
A number of online searches turned up photos of...

A number of online searches turned up photos of various MG, Triumph, and Jaguar Stromberg carbs up through the late '70s. None had the automatic enrichment device used on the Mercedes version.
...
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 08-16-2021, 03:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 519
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Thank you so much. I attempted to buy it on their...

Thank you so much. I attempted to buy it on their site, but was blocked by a "Payment method not available" message. Hope this doesn't turn into a dead-end. Their 800 number works, so I'll attempt to...
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 08-15-2021, 06:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 519
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Thanks. Yes, many British cars used Stromberg...

Thanks.
Yes, many British cars used Stromberg carbs, including my '67 Sunbeam Alpine. But most used manually-operated chokes or enrichment-valves, and there are substantial detail differences...
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 08-15-2021, 05:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 519
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
I can get threaded rod, and even fabricate some...

I can get threaded rod, and even fabricate some ends that may work. Problem is - a couple years ago, I made the part, but needed to finish the socket-ends. Meanwhile, it was in a plastic baggie,...
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 08-13-2021, 11:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 519
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
' Thanks for the heads-up. I checked eBay...

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Thanks for the heads-up. I checked eBay last night, and you may need to change your definition of 'cheap'. At this time, the only two listings of a Stromberg carb for a '72 W115 220 are approx...
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 08-11-2021, 05:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 519
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
Trying to find part for W115 carb.

I'm trying to get a friend's '72 W115 220 going and looking for a carburetor part, or maybe a used carburetor that has this part.
It's the little threaded rod with the plastic ball-sockets that...
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 08-11-2021, 04:36 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,222
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
In decades past, when I was younger, braver, and...

In decades past, when I was younger, braver, and my vintage Benzes were much less vintage, I'd take one of them out once, 'just to see what she'll do'.
Max speeds as indicated on the speedometer -
...
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 01-24-2021, 01:57 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,786
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
My relatively heavy '72 220, equipped with AC,...

My relatively heavy '72 220, equipped with AC, automatic, and fatter radials was drudgery parking in a tight space.
My '60 Fintail 220S wasn't so burdened, and with its' skinnier tires, parking was...
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 11-10-2020, 02:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,470
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, 06:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,470
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, 04:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 292
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, 02:50 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,786
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, 09:35 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,786
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 10-10-2020, 11:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,786
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, 03:29 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,634
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, 11:23 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,777
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, 10:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 758
Posted By Mark DiSilvestro
I presume you mean "torched it". Any pictures? ...

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

Happy Motoring, Mark
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