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(WTKR)   Don't you hate it when you've got your 1986 Mercedes up on blocks in the driveway to do some work on it and it catches fire, burning the car, the house, and you?   (wtkr.com ) divider line
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4545 clicks; posted to Main » on 16 Sep 2012 at 6:21 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-09-16 06:21:48 PM  
Yes, I do.
 
2012-09-16 06:24:11 PM  
Every single farkin time
 
2012-09-16 06:28:38 PM  
Why not spend $25 and get some jack stands?
 
2012-09-16 06:30:48 PM  
Old car is old. That's why I don't like houses with attached garages and didn't park my car in there when I lived in one.
My garage is over 100 feet from the house and if something does ignite, at least it doesn't take the house with it.
/and me
//and the cats
 
2012-09-16 06:34:40 PM  
Hot car is literally hot.
 
2012-09-16 06:34:50 PM  
Huh? What was he doing to it?
 
2012-09-16 06:37:21 PM  

TheHighlandHowler: Huh? What was he doing to it?


If you know a better way to secure a fuel tank than welding, speak up Mr. Smartypants.
 
2012-09-16 06:38:05 PM  
I see no blocks?

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2012-09-16 06:38:06 PM  

TheHighlandHowler: Huh? What was he doing to it?


changing muffler bearings
 
2012-09-16 06:42:49 PM  

TheHighlandHowler: Huh? What was he doing to it?


The 560SL fuel tank mounts are very rust prone, so he was probably trying to fix the mounts without removing the tank. Either that or the car had sat for a long time and he was flushing the tank while smoking.
 
2012-09-16 06:43:38 PM  

TheHighlandHowler: Huh? What was he doing to it?


Replacing a fuel filter.

And smoking a cigarette.
 
2012-09-16 06:46:24 PM  
i bet that vynl siding driped on him while trying to put the fire out with the hose pipe
 
2012-09-16 06:48:22 PM  
There's a guy down the road from us--he's been working on some kind of rusty old van for the last six months. Not only does he have the thing "jacked" up on a couple stacks of cinder blocks and boards AND an attached garage only 20 feet from the house next door...he also works on the underside of the van lying on his back with his feet sticking out into the alley all of us use to access the main road.

But when he eventually gets run over or crushed, I'm sure it won't be HIS fault...
 
2012-09-16 06:50:19 PM  
I'm behind on the mortgage and can't afford a mechanic much less a new car... so... ya know. Thank God, the insurance policy survived.
 
2012-09-16 06:51:24 PM  
www.freemontsoffice.com

/speaks from experience...
 
2012-09-16 06:55:41 PM  
imageshack.us
 
2012-09-16 06:56:01 PM  

Ed Finnerty: TheHighlandHowler: Huh? What was he doing to it?

If you know a better way to secure a fuel tank than welding, speak up Mr. Smartypants.


Heh
 
2012-09-16 06:57:24 PM  

fusillade762: I see no blocks?


Also not in the driveway

/technIcally
 
2012-09-16 07:02:41 PM  
I bet his wife just said: You spend more time with that car than you do with me.
 
2012-09-16 07:27:10 PM  

TheHighlandHowler: Huh? What was he doing to it?


i492.photobucket.com

He took the restrictor plate off to give the Red Dragon a little more juice. But it's not exactly street legal, so keep it on the down low.
 
2012-09-16 07:30:10 PM  
White poorple problems.
 
2012-09-16 07:33:07 PM  
Hey that piece of junk is a whit trash magnet.
It's cool when the siding melts like that.

/Dude with a Benz lives in a house with vinyl siding.
 
2012-09-16 07:50:41 PM  

haywatchthis: TheHighlandHowler: Huh? What was he doing to it?

changing muffler bearings


He was replacing the high speed bumper bolts
 
2012-09-16 07:52:42 PM  

skinink: [imageshack.us image 562x419]


Perfect.
 
2012-09-16 07:56:12 PM  
Not if you're dead.
 
2012-09-16 08:02:22 PM  
I wouldn't know. I'm not a clutz and haven't burned down anything.
 
2012-09-16 08:07:54 PM  

Bonecrusher: Ed Finnerty: TheHighlandHowler: Huh? What was he doing to it?

If you know a better way to secure a fuel tank than welding, speak up Mr. Smartypants.

Heh


I know that the preferred way (not necessarily "better") is to flush the fuel tank with water PRIOR to welding, however.
 
2012-09-16 08:22:11 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Hey that piece of junk is a whit trash magnet.
It's cool when the siding melts like that.

/Dude with a Benz lives in a house with vinyl siding.


To be fair, it's 26 years old and has a litTle smoke and fire damage.
 
2012-09-16 08:24:24 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Bonecrusher: Ed Finnerty: TheHighlandHowler: Huh? What was he doing to it?

If you know a better way to secure a fuel tank than welding, speak up Mr. Smartypants.

Heh

I know that the preferred way (not necessarily "better") is to flush the fuel tank with water PRIOR to welding, however.


Details shmetails.
 
2012-09-16 08:55:37 PM  

Tom_Slick: TheHighlandHowler: Huh? What was he doing to it?

The 560SL fuel tank mounts are very rust prone, so he was probably trying to fix the mounts without removing the tank. Either that or the car had sat for a long time and he was flushing the tank while smoking.


Rear chassis wiring goes bad on those fairly often.
 
2012-09-16 09:21:26 PM  

TheHighlandHowler: Huh? What was he doing to it?


Well, if it were a British car rather than a German one, I might think that he got confused when the service manual told him to "inspect the petrol tank with a torch".

I shouldn't throw stones, though - I made a mess of a motorcycle chain once because I didn't know that "paraffin" means something completely different to the British.
 
2012-09-16 09:43:02 PM  
If you have a Mercedes, you should NEVER touch it your self.

PERIOD.

If you do, you are too poor to have one.

/That is what domestic, pre-1980's vehicles are for.
 
2012-09-16 10:01:17 PM  

Gonad the Ballbarian: If you have a Mercedes, you should NEVER touch it your self.

PERIOD.

If you do, you are too poor to have one.

/That is what domestic, pre-1980's vehicles are for.


I had a couple back in the day. Did whatever little work they needed myself. At that time they were domestic, and one of them was a pre-1980, too. 
So there's that then.
 
2012-09-16 10:03:33 PM  

Gonad the Ballbarian: If you have a Mercedes, you should NEVER touch it your self.

PERIOD.

If you do, you are too poor to have one.

/That is what domestic, pre-1980's vehicles are for.


Even being a pretty competent "shade tree" mechanic, I have to agree that this is good advice. Even the older Mercedes from the 60s and 70s have a lot of "strange" systems in them; vacuum-operated door & trunk locks, airbag suspensions with compressors, and that Bosch mechanical fuel injection. If you don't know what you're doing, it's pretty easy to screw things up. I had a 1972 Mercedes 250C until a few years ago, and I decided that discretion was the better part of valor and left anything other than routine maintenance to the professionals.

The nicest thing about owning an older Mercedes is that the dealership can order just about any part you need, regardless of vintage. One day when I was ordering a power window motor for my '72, a guy came in asking for the gas tank for a 1959 190SL. The parts counter guy dialed up the warehouse in Germany and found they had six of them on the shelf. in contrast, if I were to go into a Dodge dealership and ask for *any* part for my '72 Charger, they would look at me like I had a used condom hanging out of my ass.
 
2012-09-16 11:48:08 PM  

ScottRiqui: The parts counter guy dialed up the warehouse in Germany and found they had six of them on the shelf. in contrast, if I were to go into a Dodge dealership and ask for *any* part for my '72 Charger, they would look at me like I had a used condom hanging out of my ass.


That's because the Mercedes guy installed that for you too.
/Benz = money pit
 
2012-09-16 11:50:55 PM  
Working on a '68 Camaro parked in my garage, just finished installing a new fuel tank, waiting for timing chain to come in, getting a kick, etc.
 
2012-09-17 12:01:52 AM  

Gonad the Ballbarian: If you have a Mercedes, you should NEVER touch it your self.

PERIOD.

If you do, you are too poor to have one.

/That is what domestic, pre-1980's vehicles are for.


I beg to differ. I have a 1988 Mercedes 190E as a project car. So far, I've done everything it's needed on my own.

Of course, I'm a mechanic who specializes in European cars, but that's a small detail. European cars really aren't that complicated. They're just different. Once you get used to the differences, you find that they're no harder to work on than any other car.
 
2012-09-17 12:04:09 AM  
Oh, and wow... that was a nice SL that guy had. Note to subby: Yes, it's an '86, but that doesn't necessarily make it an old rustbucket. That, my friend, was a classic car, and was destined to be one when it rolled off the assembly line. So you can take the redneckish "up on blocks" reference and put it... somewhere.
 
2012-09-17 01:51:43 AM  

ScottRiqui: Even the older Mercedes from the 60s and 70s have a lot of "strange" systems in them; vacuum-operated door & trunk locks


I used to have several 1970's era Benzs. One time my 300CD got a vacuum leak. The engine would stay running after you turned the car off, but when you locked the door, it would shut the engine down. It was kind of amusing, but was a very simple fix.

Now I just have my 79 6.9. That sucker isn't going anywhere (Except the gas station).
 
2012-09-17 02:33:11 AM  

ScottRiqui: TheHighlandHowler: Huh? What was he doing to it?

Well, if it were a British car rather than a German one, I might think that he got confused when the service manual told him to "inspect the petrol tank with a torch".

I shouldn't throw stones, though - I made a mess of a motorcycle chain once because I didn't know that "paraffin" means something completely different to the British.


On my 2004 Triumph Thruxton, the original chain lube interval in miles was overwritten (you could see the different font) in kilometers for the Canadian market owner's manual. Unfortunately, they mistranslated it to 300kms instead of 3000kms. This was my first chain-driven bike after owning only shafties since the early 80s, so I didn't know any better and followed this advice religiously. Most of the extra chain lube accumulated between the front sprocket and its cover, dribbled on to the engine case and got baked on. Cleaning it was such a biatch ! In fact, some of it was still there when I sold the bike several years later... at least the chain was well-lubed.
 
2012-09-17 02:47:58 AM  

Kurmudgeon: ScottRiqui: The parts counter guy dialed up the warehouse in Germany and found they had six of them on the shelf. in contrast, if I were to go into a Dodge dealership and ask for *any* part for my '72 Charger, they would look at me like I had a used condom hanging out of my ass.

That's because the Mercedes guy installed that for you too.
/Benz = money pit


Not in my experience. Benz dealers are expensive, Benz parts, however, are not more expensive than quality parts for Japanese or American cars. There are lots of very good independent M-B mechanics around and you can get any part for any M-B ever made.

In fairness, my '06 R350 4Matic was a bit of a money pit because of its unquenchable thirst for large doses of premium gas, but that got taken care of when i replaced it with the diesel version of the same car. Meanwhile Mrs Capt.'s '01 SLK320 just soldiers on, summer or winter, snow or heatwave, with nothing much more than routine maintenance.
 
2012-09-17 07:06:44 AM  
Looks like ze Germans are staging for an attack on New England this time.

/Insert tasteless joke about old Mercs needing big gas chambers.
 
2012-09-17 10:50:49 AM  
I enjoy it.

i.imgur.com 

/but that's just me
 
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