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    Re: PWNER - gerryvz

    Just saw the FIRM (was Directed by Sydney Pollack) , I Think a collection like yours needs a W124 Cabrio as well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 195910 View Post
    Just saw the FIRM (was Directed by Sydney Pollack) , I Think a collection like yours needs a W124 Cabrio as well...
    Yeah, but with an M117/M119 :P
    "But if you really must have the Porsche — if you really must have a Porsche sedan — you can buy a 500E and have enough left over for something air-cooled"

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    Re: PWNER - gerryvz

    Nighttime shot tonight at the post office (with cell phone camera)
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    And no leaks!
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    Oh come on now, you can do better than that It's time for a new photo shoot!
    "But if you really must have the Porsche — if you really must have a Porsche sedan — you can buy a 500E and have enough left over for something air-cooled"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jelmer View Post
    Oh come on now
    Oh I agree, JB ! For a man who's just written a bible on "how to" R&R leaks, he comes up with this lousy cheap photo . Uncle, your car deserves better!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jelmer View Post
    Oh come on now, you can do better than that It's time for a new photo shoot!
    You're really one to talk. How about some photos of your new wheels ?!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerryvz View Post
    Nighttime shot ... (with cell phone camera)
    Isn't that an oxymoron...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsxr View Post
    Isn't that an oxymoron...?

    Only to those who don't own/use a cell phone...

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    Re: PWNER - gerryvz

    I've yet to see any "cell phone camera" photos that can achieve anywhere near the quality of even a mediocre pocket digicam, let alone my DSLR. I am a bit of a camera snob though, most people aren't that picky about photo quality and seem happy with fuzzy cell images.


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    You're really one to talk. How about some photos of your new wheels ?!?
    As soon as the sun pokes through the clouds, and my lower cladding bit has been repainted

    I've yet to see any "cell phone camera" photos that can achieve anywhere near the quality of even a mediocre pocket digicam, let alone my DSLR. I am a bit of a camera snob though, most people aren't that picky about photo quality and seem happy with fuzzy cell images.
    Says the person with the most posts but the smallest "owners and their cars" thread. Go on, prove the might of your DSLR
    "But if you really must have the Porsche — if you really must have a Porsche sedan — you can buy a 500E and have enough left over for something air-cooled"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jelmer View Post
    Go on, prove the might of your DSLR
    Luddites don't own/use things like cell phones and DSLRs.... remember that Dave is still using a PC with Windows 2000/XP for his daily use.... I finally figured out where the bulk of the weekly site statistics that show operating system usage are coming from ....Dave is heavily skewing/weighting the stats toward Windows NT/2000/XP.

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    Nope, I finally moved up to Win7 Pro on an HP Z1 workstation a few months ago. MS crippled XP with too many patches and it simply got too slow. XP was still awesome back at SP2, but no longer. Oh well. I'm learning to live with Win7.

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    Had my car aligned today at the dealer, after replacing the drag link with a new MB part, adjusting a bit of play out of the front wheel bearings, new upper strut mounts, new tires and installing the new RDMTek rear lower control arms with bushings.

    I've attached a PDF of the results.

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    Real nice collection Mercs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trae View Post
    I DO NOT miss the fire ants, roaches, mosquitoes, and humidity.
    i don't know where y'all get off saying we have all this humidity here in Texas....

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    Since when did you start saying "Y'all"?
    Oh, about 3 years after moving to Texas. You pick up the culture here gradually. "Y'all" is used both singularly (How y'all doin' today?") and as a plural reference to others ("All y'all live in a pretty nice neighborhood!"). Hey... at least I don't say "poe-leece" !!



    Quote Originally Posted by gsxr View Post
    I think since he turned in his hipster beard, left Portland, and moved to Tejas... might even see Honcho wearing a forty-quart hat while cruising in his SEC...
    Nope, no hat, but I do have one hell of a pair of bespoke alligator and leather cowboy boots being made for me by Rocky Carroll, the highest-end bootmaker in Texas. He's made boots for every US president since Johnson (except Obama). Here are boots he's made for Reagan and Dubya (who owns more than 20 pairs by Mr. Rocky). My boots are being made from the same croc skin as Dubya's boots pictured.

    I was measured for them back in April (they made a mold of my foot from the measurements), and I pick them up in about 6 weeks.....
    I took these photos the day I got measured.
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    Now them there are some nice manure kickers!


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    Are those boots any good for WSD?...
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    Hanging out at church this afternoon for our Christmas services, driving golf carts. My friend Ronnie's 2008 Ferrari 455 brings up the value of my SEC a few notches.....
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    Ferrari at a church...isn't that sacrilegious?

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    I got my annual inspection/emissions test for the E500 today. I updated the results as shown in this table.

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by gerryvz View Post
    Nope, no hat, but I do have one hell of a pair of bespoke alligator and leather cowboy boots being made for me by Rocky Carroll, the highest-end bootmaker in Texas. He's made boots for every US president since Johnson (except Obama). Here are boots he's made for Reagan and Dubya (who owns more than 20 pairs by Mr. Rocky). My boots are being made from the same croc skin as Dubya's boots pictured.

    I was measured for them back in April (they made a mold of my foot from the measurements), and I pick them up in about 6 weeks.....
    I took these photos the day I got measured.
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    Now them there are some nice manure kickers!

    Quote Originally Posted by szvook View Post
    Are those boots any good for WSD?...
    Following up on this ... I finally took delivery of my custom-made gator-skin & leather boots yesterday. I ordered them at the beginning of April of last year. They cost well above what a full-on .036 transmission rebuild will put y'all back...
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    Gerry,

    The boots are beautiful! Very cool. I was going to ask you about them.

    Bring them them up to Dallas and maybe we will run into that guy with a similar pair!
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    Gerry,

    Just like an E500E, you can just tell a quality, well made, and elegant pair of
    boots from just about any other's made.. As a boot Afficianodo myself, you have
    one pair of absolutely beautiful hand made alligator boots!

    Gerry, just what is the cost of a full on .036 transmission build anyway? I assume you are quoting the "stealer" (Mercedes Benz Price), right?


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    Them there are some purdy shit kickers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by texas993 View Post
    Gerry,

    The boots are beautiful! Very cool. I was going to ask you about them.

    Bring them them up to Dallas and maybe we will run into that guy with a similar pair!
    Quote Originally Posted by unrulyjess View Post
    Gerry,

    Just like an E500E, you can just tell a quality, well made, and elegant pair of
    boots from just about any other's made.. As a boot Afficianodo myself, you have
    one pair of absolutely beautiful hand made alligator boots!
    Quote Originally Posted by Maui View Post
    Them there are some purdy shit kickers.
    Thanks guys. I am doing my darndest to break them in. So far though, they've been very comfortable and I don't have a single blister or other blemish on my foot from them. The gator skin used on them was from the same hide used for the George W. Bush boots pictured above.

    Quote Originally Posted by unrulyjess View Post
    Gerry, just what is the cost of a full on .036 transmission build anyway? I assume you are quoting the "stealer" (Mercedes Benz Price), right?
    unrulyjess ... the cost of a quality, proper .036 transmission rebuild would run $2,000 minimum, more likely $2,500 with labor and all parts. Yes, that would be a stealer or high-end indy price.

    Cheers,
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    Roma just had a dealer install a rebuilt tranny. Check out that thread... I believe the total cost was well over $2.5k....


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    I was quoted $2800 from a local rebuilder. Fortunately I did not need it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerryvz View Post
    Thanks guys. I am doing my darndest to break them in. So far though, they've been very comfortable and I don't have a single blister or other blemish on my foot from them. The gator skin used on them was from the same hide used for the George W. Bush boots pictured above.
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    Here are "before" and "after" photos from the new rear bumper on my car.

    "Before" -- with the slightly bowed-out rear bumper:
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    The rear of the car, before cleaning, with the bumper removed:
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    "After" -- with the new rear bumper installed.:
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    Looks better. What's the story on the exhaust?

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    I had Exhaust Specialties in Portland do a custom cat-back exhaust for me about 10+ years ago, right after I got my car. It uses Walker DynoMax resonator and rear muffler, going into a single, welded-on oval tip that points slightly downward. It's about 20% throatier than stock and is just about right.

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    Couple of photos I found of the first day I took delivery of my car. These photos were taken in Burlingame, CA.

    You can see that the rear bumper on the passenger side was bowed out, even then. Thanks to a forum member .. no longer.

    Hard to believe this is pushing 11 years ago !!
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    Those wheels look really familiar. Were the chrome wheels an option or were they S wheels?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maui View Post
    Those wheels look really familiar. Were the chrome wheels an option or were they S wheels?
    Typical California dealer accessory. 90% of the time when you see chromed stock wheels! they are from a car that originated in California, often SoCal.


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    Here are a few photos, taken this afternoon, of the 1994 G320 that I bought in May. The truck has 93,000 miles on it and was imported into the US from Germany in 2000, with around 39K miles on the odometer. Thus, it is a true "gray market" car that was legally imported into the US by Europa International.

    It is 744 "Brilliant Silver" on the exterior with black leather interior. Has a full load of options, but in true Euro form it does not have a sunroof nor motorized seats. It does have a digitally controlled Webasto pre-heater, factory MB brush guard, alloy wheels, and running boards. It has R-134a-based A/C that blows extremely cold, and has seat heaters for the winter time. The stereo is an Alpine unit, and I have purchased an upgraded current-model Alpine with Bluetooth and XM Radio capability to replace it. The speakers are MB Quart and it has an amplifier in the compartment under the driver's seat. There are dash speakers, 5 1/4" round Quarts under the dashboard; and woofers, midrange and tweeters in the rear corners of the truck. Needless to say, it sounds quite good.

    The truck comes with the original Euro Gloria 1.3 kg fire extinguisher, mounted just behind and under the driver's seat.

    The engine is the M104, using HFM injection, and a 722.3 transmission. The M104 as used in the G320 is slightly de-tuned from 217 HP to 210 HP, but has slightly more low-end torque than those variants of the motor found in sedans and wagons. The truck gets around 12-13 MPG in city driving, mainly due to its 5,300-pound weight, and the rolling resistance of the two differentials and the centrally mounted transfer case. There are three locking differentials (center, rear and front - same as found in G-wagens today) and also a low and high range gearing, controlled via a second gear lever between the seats.

    The automatic transmission gear selector ls lighted (just like the 500E) to indicate what gear the vehicle is currently in. My 1995 E320 wagons did not have this "feature". The black leather seats are of high quality leather, and there are acres of burl-wood on the dash - probably about twice as much burl as a 500E has. The truck has an extremely high ceiling... you probably have about a foot of headroom when you are sitting down.

    I'll take some further photos of the inside of the truck and in the engine compartment soon.

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    Great example!
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    How's the mpg with the 6?
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    Love the pics Gerry. Interesting to see the differences with my 2005. I particularly love the orange from signal lights, side markers, and mud flaps! How about some interior shots?
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    That's a great looking truck. Definitely hard to believe it's 20 years old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRW View Post
    How's the mpg with the 6?
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    The truck gets around 12-13 MPG in city driving, mainly due to its 5,300-pound weight, and the rolling resistance of the two differentials and the centrally mounted transfer case.

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    Re: PWNER - gerryvz

    Here are some photos of the interior of the G320 and the engine compartment. I have the driver's seat out today because I was working on the ICE system, basically tracing existing/old wiring to an amp located under the driver's seat, and checking wiring to/from the Alpine head unit and to the rear MB Quart component speakers.

    I have purchased a new Alpine CDE-SXM145BT head unit for the truck, for my wife, so that she can use her iPhone with it in Bluetooth mode (it has a mountable microphone) and also utilize XM Radio capability. I decided to add another two-channel amp to power the front speakers, in addition to the existing amp that is used for the rear MB Quart units via crossovers.

    As you can see, the truck is "old-skool" and utilizes a W124 instrument cluster, steering wheel, and various bits from the 1990s era. The leather on the doors and seat is almost identical to that of the E500E although the seats are not perforated. The front seat-backs use nets for holding items.

    If you have any questions, let me know. I tried to highlight some of the cool features, such as one of the under-rear-seat "stash" compartments. The one on the driver's side is much larger than the one I show on the passenger side.

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    That E-brake handle is well situated for performing J-turns and other Hoonigan™ antics!!


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    Looks very nice, Gerry.

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    The interior sure looks familiar. If you don't mind me asking, what kind of crash rating does this vehicle have compared to others in its class? Being the same vintage as our 124's, I'm sure it is built like a tank.

    I know this is comparing apples to oranges, but if you were going to put your wife and kid in either this truck or the 500E, which one would generally be safer in the event of an accident? Would this hold up to a roll like the 500E?
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    G-wagen over W124, hands down. The laws of physics say that any vehicle that is heavier (and the G is heavier than most on the road) is going to offer better crash dynamics, hands down. The G is extremely robust and (unlike Land Rover products) it is extremely difficult to cave the roof in, in a rollover type incident.

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    Jon, this should answer your question... I'm not sure the W124 would have fared as well:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7yRnq7uEXk


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    Thanks. I saw a fatal accident when a suburban flipped over and collapsed the roof. I was thinking that would be the most vulnerable scenario for something like this. Too bad they don't publish survivability ratings for vehicles across the whole spectrum, regardless of class. They don't even compare the same class from year to year. For instance, how would a new E-class compare to a 500E from 1993? Or how would this truck compare to the newest version of it. Because no one seems to want to put this information out there, I can only surmise that they don't want us to see it.
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    Got the driver's seat back in after letting it sit outside for 4-5 hours with some leather treatment on it.

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    Hi Gerry,

    Very nice G Wagon! Tell us about the search and the acquisition - these things are not exactly growing on trees. Nice examples like yours must be very difficult to find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gerryvz View Post
    G-wagen over W124, hands down. The laws of physics say that any vehicle that is heavier (and the G is heavier than most on the road) is going to offer better crash dynamics, hands down. The G is extremely robust and (unlike Land Rover products) it is extremely difficult to cave the roof in, in a rollover type incident.
    Hmmmmmm.......was that comment directed at anyone in particular??

    If your gonna hate on Land Rover's, I may have to go on a Clark Vader type rant.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by mistermiata View Post
    Hmmmmmm.......was that comment directed at anyone in particular??
    Absolutely not. Honestly I don't remember who on this forum owns what type of vehicle and is a fan of what. But I have seen several threads pertaining to crashworthiness comparisons between Range/Land Rovers and MB G-class models, and the general consensus has been that G-class models are considerably safer and stouter.

    The main reason I mentioned Land Rover was because the Range Rover is quite often the model that is most closely compared to / associated with the G-class models.

    Quote Originally Posted by mistermiata View Post
    If your gonna hate on Land Rover's, I may have to go on a Clark Vader type rant.....
    Vader-style rants are welcomed, as long as they don't get too personal. Vader actually happens to be one of my favorite forum members

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    Quote Originally Posted by mistermiata View Post
    Hmmmmmm.......was that comment directed at anyone in particular??

    If your gonna hate on Land Rover's, I may have to go on a Clark Vader type rant.....

    Why hate on Land/Range rovers ???

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    It's all good guys, I'd be the first to tell you my Disco is built like crap, it makes me appreciate the E500 build quality all the more.

    However, for 1/10th of the cost of a G-wagon, you get most if not all of the off road capability, decent luxury (although they basically slapped lipstick on a pig), and a fairly basic design that can be worked on by a shade tree mechanic. As long as they don't overheat(which they are prone to do), they will last awhile. THe body is aluminum so no rust (except the frame).

    Anyway, if your on a budget, it's a decent way to get a very capable SUV that cost $40k new, for $4k....I do however admit that it's no G-wagon, not by a long shot....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allgonquin View Post
    Tell us about the search and the acquisition - these things are not exactly growing on trees. Nice examples like yours must be very difficult to find.
    You know, there are actually quite a lot of nice ones out there, particularly the "MBUSA" models imported from the 2002 model year and newer. The thing about G-wagens is that there are relatively few of them in the US, so they tend to maintain high values and depreciate slowly. Even a 10-year-old G-wagen in decent shape is going to run $35-40K

    My prerequisite for one was that it had to be a 1990s model, so that it was something that I was more or less familiar with in terms of the powertrain and running gear, and something I could maintain myself at a reasonable cost.

    My wife had wanted a G-wagen or a Range Rover for many years -- almost as long as I can remember. Since 1998 she's been exclusively driving W124 wagons, which have served her very well. But living in Texas the past 6 years, the need for a 4x4 / SUV became more important to her so she could be "higher up" and perhaps have a larger vehicle for carrying stuff and clients related to her real estate business (my wife is a Realtor for Keller Williams). Having a 20-year old station wagon just wasn't going to cut it for hauling clients around, as well as FOR SALE signs, open house signs, and the like.

    We actually went to the local Land Rover dealership last year and test drove the LR4 and the Range Rover Sport. Both were very nice, extremely luxurious and refined, but for some reason a bit uninspiring. And honestly we weren't prepared to pay the costs for a new or even recent used LR/RR model. Friends we have who currently own the RR/LR4 and Evoq models (a neighbor a couple of doors up the street, near the Bentley coupe house) reports that they still spend a fair bit of time in the shop. I just was not prepared to have to pay for that kind of downtime.

    For the past 5-6 years, I've had my friend Robert Fenton in Marin County on the lookout for a G-wagen for me. I've bought a number of cars from Robert over the years (including my 560SEC, and he brokered the purchase of my E500 11 years ago. In any case, I keep Robert informed as to "must have" cars that I want to buy, and when he sees one or has the opportunity to acquire one that he knows is on my bucket list, he contacts me about it. In this case, he knew that I wanted a gas-engine, 1990s (pre-MBUSA) G-wagen but not a 1980s model or a diesel, and not an MBUSA model because I didn't want to spend that much money.

    So I happened to be out in the San Francisco area for a few days on a business trip, and visited him and he showed me this G320 that he has purchased with intent to keep it for his own collection. He had decided to let it go and sell it, so I decided after a few days' deliberation to make the move and buy it. That set in motion the decision to sell my wife's 1995 E320 wagon (which I'd just refreshed the top end on, and replaced the transmission with a Sun Valley rebuild, both documented on this forum) as the G-wagen would replace the E320 wagon as my wife's daily driver. Secondly, I also decided simultaneously to sell my 1990 560SEL, which I'd owned for two-plus years. I'd always wanted to own a pristine V126, and having done so found that it was largely an "extra" car that we didn't actually drive all that much except as a Sunday church car. It was a bit redundant with having the E500 (which I'll never sell).

    Bottom line is that I'm down to three cars in the garage at the current time. It feels a bit light to me; I like having four cars. Probably the next car on my "bucket list" to own (and perhaps keep as part of my permanent collection) would be a 1993-1995 E320 cabriolet with <50K miles on it, and/or a second and more pristine 500E/E500 perhaps in Brilliant Silver, Almandine Red, Spruce Green or something like that. I am in no hurry to find these cars; but I think probably the E320 cabriolet would be the next car I'd like to get. Although we didn't use our 560SL all that much, I think with a motorized top it would be more practical for my wife, and she is very familiar with the W124 chassis and thus it would be an immediately comfortable ride for her. If I could find a white E320 cab with low miles, in the next 18 months, that would be what I would get her for a 20th anniversary present.

    Anyway, hope that rant answers your questions.

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    Here are a couple of views of the "Troll" figure that Arnt gave me when he visited me earlier this year. I keep it on my shop work-bench next to my Cub Scout Pinewood Derby cars.

    The green car is the first Pinewood Derby car that I made with my dad circa 1976. It was modeled after a Porsche. My dad did the flame job
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    Here are a few shots of the GVZ shop.

    A few shots of the long parts shelf where I store my spare maintenance items like filters, O2 sensors, brake pads and the like. Yeppers...that's a full set of "Clark Plugs" you see there as well as a box of Bosch F8DC4s !!
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    My racks of most frequently used Griots products. In one shot you can see two of my four skateboards -- a 48" Dewey Weber longboard and an old-school Powell-Peralta Steve Caballero model circa 1993. The dart board was in my bedroom when I was a boy & in my skateboarding days of high school I covered it in skate stickers...
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    My products & chemicals shelf -- lubricants, plenty of ATE Blue brake fluid, all my MB greases & pastes, etc. The bins up top are categorized by plumbing, tapes, small MB parts, fuses & bulbs, home electrical, air compressor stuff, swimming pool parts, etc.



    Here on my large workbench I'm finishing up the rebuild of a 29cc Zenoah two-stroke engine that powers my Go-Ped motorized scooter. I've hopped it up with a larger carb & intake, overbore/piston, rocket key for 4-degree timing advance, and soon a tuned exhaust pipe. Should bring it from ~2.5 up to 5 HP.


    Enjoy,
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    Sheesh, your recently burglarized high-mileage fashion horse neighbor got nothin' on you and your parts stash, Honch...
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