Posts Tagged ‘aging’

Can Your Aging Mercedes Leave a Trail of Blue Smoke a Hundred Yards Long? Well, THIS One Can!

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

[UPDATE: This might be a gasoline-powered 230S, if that’s even possible. My bad. If anybody in town has an unusual euro-only Mercedes, it’s this guy. It might even have a manual transmission.]

Old Mercedes diesels* might be really slow, and they might emit more particulates than a fleet of new cars, and they might get converted to run on french fry grease, but…

The most cartoonish cloud of smoke coming from a car exhaust I’ve ever seen:

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…they will never die. 

And here’s the thing – old diesels are exempt from California’s annual smog check program.

That’s a giant loophole big enough that you could drive a big old honking Mercedes Benz diesel through.

Hurray!

I’ve only been a Benz owner for less than a year now. However, I’m beginning to think that stamping out smoke on these 616s is like trying to rid your yard comletely of dandelions – it’s a fool’s errand.

I’ve had my IP rebuilt, rolled in a new timing chain, and had the valve seals replaced all within the last 6 months. Injectors are also new and the valves were adjusted when the seals were replaced. Fuel filters and fuel lines are also new and all fluids are fresh. The only differences between mine and yours are that I have lower compression and I use perhaps a 1/2 quart of oil in 2,000 miles.

Despite this, I still have some smoke. There’s a hint of whitish smoke on cold idle at start up and a bit of black smoke when I get on the throttle or climb steep hills.

I have another set of injectors that I had rebuilt and will install them in due course. I’ll also rebuild the vacuum pump as a preventative measure. But after that, this game of “whack a mole” has to end.

There is one good thing to come from all this work, however. My engine sounds silky smooth. No knocking, no nailing, and no hicccups. The only underhood sounds you hear are the clickity click of fuel injectors popping and the combustion inside the engine. So long as this continues to be the case and my oil consumption doesn’t increase, I should consider everything else to be inconsequential.”

*Pray that this particular old Mercedes is a diesel. ‘Cause otherwise this rig prolly needs to get oil added on a daily basis…

Rolling Museums: Cuba Has Old Cars, San Francisco Has Old Motorcycles – Triumph Bonneville T100, Honda CB200, BMW R75/6

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

San Francisco is the world capitol of aging, somewhat exotic motorcycles, don’t you know.

This view of Scott Street is typical.

Triumph Bonneville T100:

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Honda CB200:

BMW R75/6:

Hurray!

If a Tree Falls in Golden Gate Park, What are the Odds It Will Land on Some Pot-Smoking Hippies’ Van?

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Well, maybe not a tree, but how about a big old branch of a eucalyptus [See Comments] cypress(?) tree what’s stood in the Golden Gate Park for a century or so?

The branch comes down and hits this van, straight outta Indiana. So out pop two hippies, who just happened to be inside smoking weed.

The clear-headed one is all, “We gotta get out of here, man,” but the other one just couldn’t understand the urgency, he didn’t appreciate the danger.

See?

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So they worked together to move the branch as much as they could and then sped away with a quickness. The SFPD showed up five minutes later to fix things so that the branch no longer blocked a lane of Fell during the evening drive.

(Later on, another nondescript white van took over the same space, which, as you can see, is just behind yet another nondescript white van. It’s like people from all over the country just decide to Go West, and then they end up in the 415…)

Actually, something in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle is probably falling next to some pot-smoking hippie pretty much all the time.

So let’s be careful out there.

And now, let’s remember the time when Gaia struck back at a forester, a Subaru Forester:

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Ben Davis-wearing members of Laborer’s local 261 + giant Swedish buzz saws = problem quickly solved.

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Excepting for Caroline’s Subie, that is.

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The City crew failed to leave a note, but I think the driver will figure things out for herself after seeing the flat tires and all the sawdust.

Just another foggy day in Paradise…

Besuited Commuter Defies MUNI’s New Pricing with an Aging Honda 175

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Who needs a bus when you have a 1970 (or so) Honda 175?

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Stick It To The Man!

Gaia Strikes Back! Subaru Clobbered by Giant Tree Branch in Golden Gate Park

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

This is not how you want to find your ride (a Subaru Forester believe it or not - chop chop! That’s what foresters do, right, chop down trees?) after you park right next to a giant aging Blue Gum Eucalyptus tree in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle.

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Ben Davis-wearing members of Laborer’s local 261 + giant Swedish buzz saws = problem quickly solved. 

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Excepting for Caroline’s Subie, that is.

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The City crew failed to leave a note, but I think the driver will figure things out for herself after seeing the flat tires and all the sawdust.

Just another foggy day in Paradise…