Posts Tagged ‘smoke’

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…

What It Looks Like When “The Man” Patrols Golden Gate Park: SFPD Checking for Open Containers in the Panhandle

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Open containers of alcohol, that is.

It looks exactly like this – note the bottle of Jack:

Oh, and there’s a “no smoking” law here as well, if you catch my drift, man.

All’s I’m saying is that the cops don’t enjoy this exercise neither.

So why not do as they want and just put your booze in a giveaway plastic water bottle?

Like this:

Now you’re protecting your juice AND making the cops happy.

This concludes What It Looks Like When “The Man” Patrols Golden Gate Park

San Francisco’s Official “420″ Bus, as Seen in Haight Ashbury, of All Places – Plus, GO GIANTS!

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Look closer, you’ll see it.

You think it’s just a coincidence that the old 420 rolls through the Upper Haight?

I don’t.*

We’re on our way to The Vapor Room!**

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And hey, speaking of bud and Giants baseball, back in the 1990′s, people, just regular people, not just baseball players, would hang out in the crib of star pitcher William Joseph Van Landingham and smoke weed all day. So much so that other Giants called him Van Bongingham. I’m srsly.

All right, GO GIANTS!

*Check out what’s on the side of area fire trucks, for example.

**Indeed. 607A Haight is about ten blocks down the road, in the Lower Haight.

The Open-Air Employee Lounge of Michelin-Starred One Market Restaurant

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Stuart near Market, right across the street from Justin Herman Plaza:

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Mid-Market Renaissance Update: Open-Air Crack Den at Marinello School of Beauty in the Heart of the Twitterloin

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

I’ll tell you, I don’t think I have ever seen the flames of a crackpipe IRL, but Bluoz has, certainly.

Check it:

“Congratulations to Mayor Ed Lee for winning the mayor’s race.
November 10, 2011, from the Ed Lee-Randy Shaw-Mid-Market-special-project-corrupt-Twitterloin-tax-area
4 more years of this – yay, 
Yep, he ‘get’s it done’ all right”

Marinello School of Beauty betwixt Sixth and Seventh:

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Forget About Bubble Tea Tapioca Balls: Today’s Fashionable Thirst Quencher Accessory is Dry Ice

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Apparently.

Just substitute cubes of dry ice for tapioca pearls and you’re in bidness, you’ll be staying au courant.

As seen in the West Bay:

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Kid was leaving a vapor trail all the way across Noriega.

2011 Haight Ashbury Street Fair a Huge Success – Great Photos from David Yu, Brian Brooks, Chris Witte, and Bluoz

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

[UPDATE: And here's a late entry, from Bluoz: Upper Haight is for Lovers:

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Things really didn’t get hopping until the fog went away in the afternoon, but the 2011 Haight Ashbury Street Fair went off without a hitch, with nary a peep from the notorious NIMBYs of the Western Addition.

(And oh, honorable mention goes to photographers Bob Horowitz (nice) and Dropatan (also nice).)

Let your freak flag fly, baby. From the Eastern Stage:

And here are some great shots.

First, from famous David Yu:

And here are a couple from Brian Brooks:

And here’s one from Chris Witte:

And more from past HASFs, after the jump

See you next year!

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OMG, It’s Time for the 2011 Haight-Ashbury Street Fair: 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM Today

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

There’s a feeling I get/

when I look to the West…

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…and the East…

…on Haight Street on the Second Sunday in June.

It’s the Haight Street Fair!

Look up…

…and down…

…and all around:

See you there!

The day is upon us.

Sunday, June 12, 2011, from 11am to 5:30pm. Come one, come all! Once a year, on the second Sunday in June, the Haight-Ashbury community hosts a special celebration and everyone in the World is invited. Music is in the air; people dance in the streets; a festive atmosphere springs up; and Haight Street, once again, becomes the center of Peace, Love and Happiness. This annual event is the Haight-Ashbury Street Fair, one of the most highly anticipated public events in San Francisco.

The 34th Annual Haight-Ashbury Street Fair will be taking place on Sunday, June 12, 2011, from 11 am until 5:30 pm. A variety of activities will be taking place including three stages offering live entertainment; a six-block Vending Area featuring arts & crafts, food and other merchandise; an area dedicated to the entertainment of families with children; and an opportunity to celebrate with many other like-minded people.Directions and Access to the Haight Ashbury Street Fair

Above all things, we highly recommend that you and your friends take the public transportation systems to get to the Street Fair. Parking spaces are very limited and, besides, why spend your time roaming around in your car while you could be enjoying the Street Fair first hand. Here are some leads on how you can make your way to the Haight-Ashbury Street Fair.

MUNI: The Haight-Ashbury is served by six routes that directly serve this neighborhood. They are #6 – Parnassus, #7 – Haight, #33 – Ashbury, #37 – Corbet, #43 – Masonic and #71 – Noriega. Each of these lines travel directly to the Haight-Ashbury District. Other lines that serve the neighborhood indirectly are the N-Judah streetcar, #21 Hayes and the #5 Fulton. Connecting lines vary so please call MUNI (673-MUNI) for information on the best lines to use.BART

For East Bay travelers, your best bet to the Street Fair is to disembark at any S.F BART station on Market Street and catch the #5, #6, #7 or #71. You can also catch the N-Judah streetcar in any Metro Station.If your are coming from Daly City or beyond on BART, catch the #43 at the Balboa Station to the Street Fair. For more information, please call (510) 839-2220 or (650) 992-2278.AC TRANSIT

Coming from the East Bay, you can catch the #6 Parnassus or the #21 Hayes at the TransBay Terminal. For more information, please call (415) 817-1717.GOLDEN GATE TRANSIT

If you are traveling from Marin County, you can take any bus headed to San Francisco and get off at the TransBay Terminal. There you can take the #6 Parnassus or #21 Hayes. For more information, call (415) 455-2000 or (415) 257-4554.SanTrams

Traveling along the Peninsula, you can jump into a bus heading to San Francisco and get off at the TransBay Terminal. There you can catch the #6 Parnassus or the #21 Hayes. For more information, call (800) 660-4287 or (650) 508 6448.Any way you choose to get to the Haight-Ashbury Street Fair, we encourage you to take public transit.

BE HIP & BUS IT!

Wake and Bake, Frisco Style – Hippie Season Starts Early in Golden Gate Park

Friday, February 18th, 2011

A communal smoke cloud is just what the millionaire NIMBYs of the NoPA and SoPA don’t want to see every AM in the Panhandle, but this is the scene these days.

To get revenge for this kind of thing, the NIMBYs complain to their fellow millionaire RPD Boardmembers and that’s how we lost the harmless Panhandle Bandshell.

Oh well.

Hippie Jam Fest 2005 II:

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And BTW, The Nevius, Supermarket Does Not Signal a New Day in the Haight.

House Fire on Tamalpais and Turk in University Terrace near USF – Injuries – SFFD has Contained

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

House fire on Tamalpais near Turk, one block up from USF. SFFD has contained now. Injuries. At least one ambulance is en route to hospital now.

As it looked at 5:19 PM today:

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And five minutes earlier, with the smoke a bit blacker: