Posts Tagged ‘old’

The Mystery Machine – Living Rent-Free on the Streets of San Francisco

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Living in your van is even cheaper than using AirBNB:

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OMG, They Made a Movie About the AC Transit Bus Fight – On Netflix Now – Entitled “Bad Ass” – $$ for Epic Beard Man?

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

This incident in the East Bay a few years back…

…has been made into a movie called Bad Ass:

Which I guess is old news.

But the new news is that you can watch this flick for free now via the NetFlix.

It’s just released. See?

“This movie is: Exciting”

(But, sorry streamer-only NetFlix people, right now you can only have them mail you the DVD or the Blu-Ray – you can’t just stream this to your device.)

And no, I don’t think Vietnam Tom Bruso, or anyone else on the bus that day…

…will get a dime out of Bad Ass.

That’s Tinseltown for you…

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…

He’s Ba-aaack: Infamous Pacific Heights Foreclosee John Lee Hudson – BONUS: Cheesy ACQUIRE Replicar

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Or maybe John Lee Hudson isn’t back but his car sure is, having been spotted in the Financh on Friday.

(Parked illegally, of course, with the four-way flashers flashing.)

As seen on Halleck Alley in the heart of the 94111 – note ogler taking a snap while gushing about this 100% fake 1928 Mercedes Benz SSK replicar:

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Now, if I had gotten taken down by Jim Cox over at the Socketsite in this fashion, well, I’d have left town vowing to never come back.

But some people are shameless.

Even more shameless than Hollywood Foreclosure King Nicolas Cage, who used to own 1945 Franklin* before JLH et ux. 

Anywho, this ride is not a “Refurbished 1936 Mercedes Excalibur,” just saying.

*I think he was the one who added the garages to the front – at least that’s what the nanny told me back in the day.

American Badass: Ford C-900 Attack Hose Tender No. 1, Still on the Job for the SFFD in the Western Addition

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

This firetruck is older than you!

Still on the job after all these years

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Area Man Goes His Own Way in a 1960s-Era Mercedes Benz

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

This is a 1969 (or so) 280S (or thereabouts) with a straight six engine and (possibly) a four-on-the-tree manual transmission:

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It pollutes* more than all the other cars you see put together…

No matter, he’s going the distance.

*Leaving the carbon dioxide issue aside.

The Black Market of Mid-Market: Bootlegged Butter on Special at 7th and Market – Remember to Negotiate

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Do you have a hankering for some Land ‘O Lakes butter packaged for institutional sale?

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Well, then get on down to the intersection of 7th and Market during today’s morning commute.

Butter is just one of the heavily-discounted products available these days…

These people are putting the market back into Market Street.

Cash only, please.

Mid-Market Update: Cut-Rate Groceries Sold on the Sidewalk – The Pink Bag Mafia is Back on 7th Street

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Here are about ten sellers in a row this morning on the corner of 7th and Market in the heart of the corrupt Twitterloin.

Cream cheese was the order of the day:

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Appears as if San Francisco’s seniors have more than enough food, but not enough cold hard cash.

I inquired about Crispy Hexagons, but there was no reply.

No reply at all.

Know Your Checker Marathon Cars: Marin Checker Taxi, 415-789-5356, Embarcadero Center

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Haven’t seen one of these in a long time:

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Historic Streetcars of San Francisco, From the #1 to the #1840 – Dig the Crazy Colors on this Poster, Man

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Learn all about San Francisco’s Historic Streetcars at Market Street Railway.

Now, you’re a Trainspotter.

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Pick up this poster at the Museum in SoMA not too far from the Ferry Building, why not?

After all, Christmas is coming…