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    Re: OWNER – DerFuror

    Well, that was pleasant to read. Feel free to post more.

    Accidentally, I also had a run-in with a Porsche. It was creeping slowly through a corner, heading towards the freeway. In the corner, I started getting closer and closer, trying to annoy him and make him want to "show me who's boss". I switched back to 2nd (at about 60km/h), and as soon as he floored it, so did I. Was able to keep up (barely, though, I admit) until we merged onto the freeway. No idea what kind of machine it was, and it would smoke me in a drag race or outrun me at top-speed. But the feeling that a 20 year old car which just came from the supermarket can keep up with a brand new Porsche is great. I always chuckle when I imagine their thoughts

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    Oh: you were too late with the avatar-change, sorry
    We need a Wiki that documents every avatar Jelmer has ever used, with the story behind it, etc...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jelmer View Post
    Well, that was pleasant to read. Feel free to post more.

    .................. it would smoke me in a drag race or outrun me at top-speed. But the feeling that a 20 year old car which just came from the supermarket can keep up with a brand new Porsche is great. I always chuckle when I imagine their thoughts

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    Rear Engine Mount at Transmission

    Looking back into my 500E’s service records, I could verify that the front engine mounts were replaced by the PO just prior to my ownership, but no documentation definitively verified that the rear mount (p/n 140 240 03 18) had been replaced.

    Since I was already doing several jobs around the tranny area of which removing the rear engine carrier was a prerequisite operation, I decided to remove, clean & inspect the rear mount assembly & replace the rubber mount if needed.Rear Mount.jpg Rear Mount 003.jpg

    The relatively easy job (FSM 22-2120 Removing & Installing Rear Engine Mount) requires the removal of several 13mm & 17mm hex head bolts which fasten the rubber mount, its bracket and the rear engine support to the chassis. The 17mm (M10) bolts, including the long centerbolt that connects the rubber mount to its mounting bracket, are torqued to 40Nm (29.5 ft/lb). The 13mm (M8) bolts are torqued to 25Nm (18.5 ft/lb).

    Comparing the old mount to the new mount, it was evident that some deterioration was in progress; the old mount’s centerbolt axis location had deflected by almost 8mm (0.313”) from the combined effects of time, gravity & its harsh working environment.Rear Mount 004.jpg Rear Mount 001.jpg

    The 500E didn’t have any prior noticeable driveline vibration issues. This new part installation should help keep it that way. Also, the car now has a complete & documented engine mount baseline.
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    Re: OWNER – DerFuror

    Great car Der Furor! Love that color!


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    Shifter Linkrod Assembly

    With all obstructions already out of the way, I took the opportunity to remove, clean & inspect the condition of the shifter linkrod assembly.
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    Although I had replacement bushings (p/n 115 992 03 10 ) ready to go in, the existing bushings were still quite good with no fractures or sloppy movement. So, with lots of service life remaining and no current need for replacement, I now have a set of spares on hand for when the time does come. The retaining clips are still in good shape, too.

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    I assembled components for a homemade bushing press, then placed the assembly & spare bushings in a labeled zip lock storage bag for future use.
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    First Gear Start valve body installation

    First Gear Start valve body installed (finally off the shelf & into the tranny). Time to form my own opinion on this little modification.
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    Re: Shifter Linkrod Assembly

    Quote Originally Posted by DerFuror View Post
    First Gear Start valve body installed (finally off the shelf & into the tranny). Time to form my own opinion on this little modification.
    Sweet looking forward to you review
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    Selector Shaft Seal Replacement

    I have pretty much finished up the job of replacing my transmission gear selector shaft seal (which I determined was the source of a substantial leak during off-season storage). I lowered, but did not remove the transmission to perform this procedure.

    I’ve partially re-filled the tranny & ran thru the gears several times to circulate the fluid. Checking for leaks. So far, the transmission housing is dry but outside the garage is not. Rainfall unfortunately prevents a validating test-drive.

    Looking forward to this final verification. I can’t wait to get back on the road. Prior to this late afternoon rainfall, the month of June’s weather has been ideal for driving.
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    Re: Selector Shaft Seal Replacement



    A couple days have gone by and the selector shaft area remains dry.

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    Time to reinstall the radiator shroud, bellypan, move the car out of the garage & then clean up all the leftover speedy-dry from the fouled floor.
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    Re: First Gear Start valve body installation

    Quote Originally Posted by DerFuror View Post
    First Gear Start valve body installed (finally off the shelf & into the tranny). Time to form my own opinion on this little modification.
    I'm getting ready to do one of these myself. I'll be curious to hear your assessment.

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    Re: First Gear Start valve body installation

    Quote Originally Posted by Maui View Post
    I'm getting ready to do one of these myself. I'll be curious to hear your assessment.
    The weather was a superb 73F Sunday. Took the 500E out for a legitimate longer distance testdrive around Lake vineyard country. I’ve been smiling ever since. The car ran flawlessly. Engine temp stayed consistently just a smidge over 90C. Oil pressure fine. Everytime I passed a bank, my dash ambient temperature display matched their displayed temperature. Acceleration was delivered strongly & smoothly when required. I imagined I was flying in a four wheeled version of the SR-71 Blackbird.

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    The car gets inspected tomorrow morning, so I didn’t get too carried away speeding about drawing attention. I mostly drove a leisurely pace over varying terrain which gave the valve body & gearbox a nice workout.

    Regarding the valve body: I followed the basic rule of thumb when refilling the tranny. I filled it halfway, then with engine running & foot on brake, I shifted thru all the gears for about 5 seconds each, allowing fluid to get to where it needs to be. I repeated this procedure several times. I then topped off the fluid & repeated the process.

    Over the past few days I would drive the car incrementally longer distances. I drove around the neighborhood first, so I would be close to home incase of any failure or leaking from the seal replacement.

    Leaving the garage, I was happy the car started off in first gear. But on several occasions it did not (or did not seem to) when pulling away from a red light or stop sign; it seemed confused which gear to start in. I told myself this must hopefully be a “breaking-in” process; the tranny fluid was cold & still working its way thru the system, and the tranny was probably trying to figure out its new situation after sitting idle since last season. I tried to be as clean as possible while working on the tranny (which was opened up for quite some time), but it’s possible this behavior was caused by some slight airborne contamination that had to work its way thru.

    The next testdrive included a slightly longer range of both town & highway at full operating temperatures. I was paying attention to shifting behavior & duration. It was noticeably better & much like what szvook has previously described. However, I wasn’t declaring any victories yet.

    After today I am thoroughly convinced it is operating properly. It smoothly does what it is supposed to do at the rpm shiftpoints. Give it the gas & the car really scoots from a dead stop. When using easy foot pressure, first gear is there, but almost unnoticeable.

    This car was already such a pleasure to drive. Adding the First Gear Start valve body adds another dimension of pleasure to this driving experience.
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    Re: First Gear Start valve body installation



    The car passed inspection today, so driving it is now 100% legitimate. Afterwards I then took a spirited drive on some nice backroads with $20 of ethanol-free gasoline. All is good.

    Upon returning home I rotated / checked balance of tires. I also took a good look at my inspector's noted discoveries.

    The front brake pads will be replaced at the end of this season with OEMs. I will also go with sst brake hose replacement during the off season. Since everything will be disconnected, I will clean & paint the calipers silver at that time.

    An impatient '92 LH module will be introduced to the CAN soon.

    LH Module 003.jpgLH Module 001.jpg

    Regarding WOT enrichment: Using a recent part number search of the epc as the definitive info source, LH module 014 545 18 32 is the current replacement for 014 545 17 32 regarding the pre '93 124.036.

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    Re: First Gear Start valve body installation

    Quote Originally Posted by DerFuror View Post

    SR71 Blackbird.jpg

    After today I am thoroughly convinced it is operating properly. It smoothly does what it is supposed to do at the rpm shiftpoints. Give it the gas & the car really scoots from a dead stop. When using easy foot pressure, first gear is there, but almost unnoticeable.

    This car was already such a pleasure to drive. Adding the First Gear Start valve body adds another dimension of pleasure to this driving experience.

    Quote Originally Posted by DerFuror View Post
    An impatient '92 LH module will be introduced to the CAN soon.

    2 of the best mods you can do to these cars ! Glad you are enjoying the FGS, adding the '92 LH will just make it even better !
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    Re: OWNER – DerFuror

    So, how was the valve body swap? It sounds a lot easier than the shift lever.

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    Re: OWNER – DerFuror

    Quote Originally Posted by Maui View Post
    So, how was the valve body swap? It sounds a lot easier than the shift lever.
    Valve body swap is painlessly quick & easy. Held in place with about 15 socket head screws (3 being shorter than the others). Transmission service manual (AT 27.51) page 4.8/1 covers the procedure.
    Last edited by DerFuror; 06-18-2014 at 06:38 AM. Reason: added more info
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    Re: OWNER – DerFuror

    Kicking around doing mine on Saturday.

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    Re: OWNER – DerFuror

    Quote Originally Posted by Maui View Post
    Kicking around doing mine on Saturday.
    Consider doing during a regularly scheduled fluid & filter change, otherwise you're prematurely going thru more fluid, pan plug crush washer & possibly another pan gasket.
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    Re: OWNER – DerFuror

    Quote Originally Posted by Maui View Post
    Kicking around doing mine on Saturday.
    Looks to me like DerFuror has hit all the high points. Big Plus 1 on doing the filter while you're in there. Note that your parts supplier may have to order in the filter. Not many models use the "slide valve" filter that is in the E500E.

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    Re: OWNER – DerFuror

    Oh Furor, Mein Furor! Have any pics of your 220b? Would love to see them.

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    Re: OWNER – DerFuror

    Quote Originally Posted by DerFuror View Post
    Consider doing during a regularly scheduled fluid & filter change, otherwise you're prematurely going thru more fluid, pan plug crush washer & possibly another pan gasket.
    I have a couple new filters, pan plugs, crush washers and 10 liters of synthetic ATF ready. I was planning to do the fluid change anyway just because I don't know when it was done.

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    Re: OWNER – DerFuror

    Quote Originally Posted by Klink View Post
    Have any pics of your 220b?
    Pics & bio here.
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    Re: OWNER – DerFuror

    Ha! I have the same set of Race Ramps. I purchased them back in my Corvette days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maui View Post
    Ha! I have the same set of Race Ramps. I purchased them back in my Corvette days.
    An excellent product.
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    Race Ramps will help you reel in the women....


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    Quote Originally Posted by gerryvz View Post
    Race Ramps will help you reel in the women....
    ...but the aphrodisiacal aroma of the leather interior augmented by an evening demonstration of the gray resettable door switch sets the hook!

    True poon-appeal.
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    Re: OWNER – DerFuror

    An Ethanol-free gas pump located in the town where my 500E is stabled is the second best thing I could hope for regarding this car. Here's a few pics showing current gas prices.


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    ...the best thing would be opening my eyes to Klink's avatar-girl working over my hood ornament to the beat of Mott the Hoople's "At the Crossroads".
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    Re: OWNER – DerFuror

    And 93 octane too? Whoa.

    The last 93 octane disappeared from the Boise area a few years ago. All we can get now is 91-octane ethanol. One station has non-ethanol but it's off-brand, not top-tier. Oddly, we can still get top-tier (Phillps 66) in 87 octane only at one station. I've given up and just use whatever Shell/Chevron station is handy.


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    Re: OWNER – DerFuror

    I've been able to get 92 octane without ethanol lately. It costs about 25 cents more than ethanol gas but my gas mileage more than makes up the difference.

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    Re: The Best of Both Worlds

    I like to say I enjoy the best of both worlds...the old & new(er) Benzus.
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    I returned to the stable today to clean up things after being away for an extended time. Treated Klaus to a wash & new car cover. A couple squirts of gas down the carbs & he fired right up, ready for action...
    BothWorlds 003.jpgBothWorlds 004.jpgBothWorlds 006.jpg

    ...but can't understand why I won't take him out for a stretch.

    I tried to compensate by assuring him how good he looks. My charade worked...but for how long?
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    Re: City Lights

    Quote Originally Posted by sheward View Post
    Post some daytime pics and enjoy some safer nightime driving.
    Sorry to take so long. I usually have a camera with me for photo-ops, but the car has been running so flawlessly that I forget about everything else except driving it!

    This pic isn't the best (I need to change some camera settings to better capture the lighting effect). The City lights are very visible to the naked eye, but not so much when captured in digital image.

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    I'll try for some better representative images later.

    PS: I let my Sister drive the car today after taking her for a little blast down our local autobahn (it's kind of nice to be a passenger once in a while).

    She was very happy to drive, but refused all of my requests for a WOT-stomping (says her first 500E encounter is still well-etched upon her memory & she 's perfectly content to drive this car like a normal person).

    After driving the 500E, she said it sucked to have to now drive hers (which ain't a bad car) back home!
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    Thanks Derf !!


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    Re: OWNER – DerFuror

    Thanks for the photo of the city lights, and also the link to your WGI adventure. What a great track!

    This photo is from turn 2 at ~95mph during a SCCA race...

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    Re: OWNER – DerFuror

    Yeah, Good ol' Turn 2, the Slingshot into the back-straight & chicanes. Good times on it driving & on the periphery of that turn spectating.

    PS: While rubber-necking as my sister drove around today, I saw the exact body of your race car under a local roadside lean-to. Seemed in good shape. Primer-gray & looking for a powertrain to rest upon. Drove past it again this evening. Still there.

    Interested in any pics?
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    Re: City Lights

    Quote Originally Posted by DerFuror View Post
    I'll try for some better representative images later.
    Ok. Later is now. Here they are.

    To reiterate: These City lights are 5W bulbs wired into foglight circuit which allows parking lights to still operate as standalones.

    5W is better than 65W. No reason to burn the lowbeams during daylight hours. City lights run as daytime running lights; reduces/conserves the hours use of the halogen headlights.
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    Re: Steering Wheel

    ...for the steering wheel wh*res out there. This came with the car when I bought it. Don't know when or where it came about, but I likes it.
    Steering Wheel 001.jpgSteering Wheel 004.jpg

    Funny story: The burl will make an audible clicking sound as it expands/contracts due to exposure to sunlight & temperature change. I remember reading the PO's documentation when I bought the car...the PO paid buku dollars for a tech to figure this & a speedometer gear noise out. The Tech never did.
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    Re: Like a Drug

    I've got this b*tch of a 500E dialed in & I will make up any reason to go out and drive it...even if just for a short flog to ease the fixation.

    I love the little red electric eye of this MB Quart amp which indicates its doing its job. An external hard drive in the center rolltop houses my tunes. I'm still working my way thru bands starting with "A".
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    Just a short while ago, listening to this, I was powering up an inclined interstate on ramp at WOT. I rocketed into the mainstream (safely) pushing 100mph. My radar was rocking because right in front of me was a State Trooper SUV.

    Needless to say, I backed off on the Warp Factor, settled in behind the Trooper & behaved. I got off the Interstate at the next exit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DerFuror View Post
    5W is better than 65W. No reason to burn the lowbeams during daylight hours. City lights run as daytime running lights; reduces/conserves the hours use of the halogen headlights.
    I do the same with my 036's. It saves my $$$ Osram Hyper H4's as I always run the fogs+city lights during daylight hours. And it looks pretty cool too, IMO.




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    Quote Originally Posted by gsxr View Post
    I do the same with my 036's...And it looks pretty cool too, IMO.
    Yup. I like the looks, too. Thanks for your input as I bounced my wiring ideas off on you way back when.
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    QUOTE=DerFuror;]To reiterate: These City lights are 5W bulbs wired into foglight circuit which allows parking lights to still operate as standalones. [/QUOTE]

    So the city lights and the fog lights come on together?Are city lights what would be the euro parking lights?Procedure for this job available?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsxr View Post
    I do the same with my 036's. It saves my $$$ Osram Hyper H4's as I always run the fogs+city lights during daylight hours. And it looks pretty cool too, IMO.



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    Re: OWNER – DerFuror

    Those lights are looking pretty funky, Fellas. Nice work.

    Down here, all I'd accomplish with those panels is sucking in bugs and water...SMH

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    Quote Originally Posted by maw1124 View Post
    Those lights are looking pretty funky, Fellas. Nice work.

    Down here, all I'd accomplish with those panels is sucking in bugs and water...SMH

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    Re: City Lights

    Quote Originally Posted by 126v8 View Post
    So the city lights and the fog lights come on together?
    Yes.

    Quote Originally Posted by 126v8 View Post
    Are city lights what would be the euro parking lights?
    I don't know. I'm not familiar with European lighting standards. Maybe one of our members can answer.

    However, the Euro headlights on this car each have a socket for a city light bulb. The original US DOT headlights do not.


    Quote Originally Posted by 126v8 View Post
    Procedure for this job available?
    You can piece together the basics of the procedure using this thread. The major decision is the activation method...with parking lights, fog lights, other...
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    Re: OWNER – DerFuror

    The 4W "city" lights are used by non-US cars as what we in the US call "parking" lights. Non-US (and Canada?) cars DO NOT have/utilize the US parking lights in the turn indicator lenses. On these "Euro" cars, the turn indicator wired with single-filament bulbs/sockets that are ONLY the flashing turn indicators, whereas US cars use a dual-filament bulb that serves as both turn indicator and parking light.

    It's a fair little bit more work to wire the city lights in line with the fog lights in the bumper, as opposed to jumpering them to the US parking lights.

    Would be a great HOW-TO. The "normal" city-light connection to the US parking lights has been well covered in this forum, and diagrams/parts lists have been posted for this.

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    Forgot to mention... you can get 5W halogen, or 6W non-halogen, in place of the stock 4W city bulbs. These are rated 80-85 lumens, which is more than double the stock output. From my notes:

    4W stock (Osram # 3893, 35 lumens)
    5W halogen, for city lights (Osram # 64111, 80 lumens)
    6W incandescent, non-halogen (Osram 3886X MiniXen, 85 lumens. May be Xenon…?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DerFuror View Post
    Yeah, Good ol' Turn 2, the Slingshot into the back-straight & chicanes. Good times on it driving & on the periphery of that turn spectating.

    PS: While rubber-necking as my sister drove around today, I saw the exact body of your race car under a local roadside lean-to. Seemed in good shape. Primer-gray & looking for a powertrain to rest upon. Drove past it again this evening. Still there.

    Interested in any pics?
    A photo would be nice, but don't go to any extra effort. While my race car is now being campaigned by a friend in Chicago, I still have an early '74 260Z in the garage waiting on time to restore it. I really need to get around to it because there are a ton of new parts in my shed and my wife is losing her patience with all my car projects. I guess after 30+ years of marriage, she has all my schemes figures out...

    I want to second the request for a tutorial or wiring diagram on hooking up the city lights to the fog lights!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollybrook View Post
    I want to second the request for a tutorial or wiring diagram on hooking up the city lights to the fog lights!
    I agree. I'm sure all gsxr has to do is push a button or two for an instant upload from his archives.
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    Re: City Lights

    Quote Originally Posted by DerFuror View Post
    Ok. Later is now. Here they are.

    To reiterate: These City lights are 5W bulbs wired into foglight circuit which allows parking lights to still operate as standalones.

    5W is better than 65W. No reason to burn the lowbeams during daylight hours. City lights run as daytime running lights; reduces/conserves the hours use of the halogen headlights.
    So sharp looking car ! Love it ! Saved pics to my gallery of E500Es !
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    These early models look so good with these lights...I think it should be a crime not to have them. Nice job.

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    Watkins Glen Vintage Grand Prix 2014

    An awesome start to the 2014 Vintage Grand Prix up in Watkins Glen, NY. Sunny, 90F degrees & lots of vintage cars. MG is the featured marque this year & I'm kinda chewed because its the 60th anniversary of my MGTF & I failed in having it completely prepared for attending this event.

    I get there early in the morning with a friend, park the 500E in my usual area & start walking. My friend needed to be back home by 1pm, so after watching the pre-war MGs qualify, we head back to the 500E.

    I'm taking pictures of stuff when I hear him say, "Nobody circles the wagons like MG!".

    I say, "What the hell you talking about?". He says, "Look!"

    No sh*t. My car has been inundated by a hundred MGs. I'm parked perpendicular to their verticality.

    My friend says, "Your cars spend a lot of time in the garage next to each other. Looks like your TF knocked up your Benz & it just hatched all its babies!".

    I told my friend it's a long walk home.

    The car is running superbly. Good times.


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    Re: Watkins Glen Vintage Grand Prix 2014

    Day3 conditions at Watkins Glen were the best…dry, mostly a brilliantly sunny +70F degrees with a cool breeze appreciated by both fans & vintage motors alike. Lots of Dr. John music for a low-key Sunday ride up to the track after a nice breakfast while watching Mercedes win the F1 Monza race on tv made a great start to the day. No hooning or power-passing on this peaceful morning (unlike the previous afternoon).

    Spent most of the day up top in one of my favorite perches; the Ninety/Seneca Grandstands between turns 1 & 2 which give a commanding panoramic view of 1/3 of the track (including start/finish) & 360 degrees of the surrounding countryside.

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    We utilized our big umbrellas up in the grandstands because of the sun’s intensity. It was a sun-worshipper’s dream day. During the scheduled hour lunch break we hammed it up for “across the track’s” benefit while stripping down for suntan sessions.

    (Below left: Here's a telephoto bird's eye view of the 500E from the top of the stands...proudly wearing its previous Saturday night bug guts & water-spots).

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    (Above right: The window of opportunity to take a good picture of a rare classic can be challenging & fleeting. This person blocked my ability to take pictures of rare cars for a....for a...a long...long time. How inconsiderate!)

    The vintage races are my favorite because of so many interesting historical classes of Race Groups competing & exhibiting in one location along with all the bustling activities of participants & spectators. You can free-roam almost anywhere & the race teams are quite approachable.

    (Below:A huge turnout for the Thornley Cup / Collier Cup Vintage "B" cars. The Group 2 pre-1973 Open Wheel cars were staples at the Glen thruout the 1960s).

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    (Below: A 1930 Alpha Romeo leads the pack of pre-war MGTs closely followed by a Lester. The pre-war cars take to the track from pit lane. I have books with very similar black & white pictures of this scene. Etched in time once again).

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    And before you know, it’s over. You drive home with nice memories & the anticipation for next year’s gathering.

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    (Above: Once again I believe I was the lone Wolf in Sheep's Clothing at the Glen this year. Parked with the Porsche boys at the McDonalds Grandstand).

    The Vintage Races usually mark the end of the Glen race season, but this one gets extended a little longer. The Ferrari Challenge of North America will be here in two weeks.
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    A nice morning for picture taking & 130 mph bursts down the motorway...

    I'm awake now!
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    Re: OWNER – DerFuror

    It just keeps getting better.

    The price of gasoline has been slowly dropping & for what's left of this year's driving season, I'll now be filling up the 500e at the gas station providing 93 octane ethanol-free fuel for a discount of 20 cents per gallon!

    Just in time for the final grand touring before the weather changes for the worst!

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    Fill 'er up!
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    What a gorgeous car ! Beautiful pics !
    Thanx for sharing ! Love your chrome rims on black color !
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    The acceleration of this car is brutal. I feel for those who have not yet dialed theirs in. I recently returned home from a 600+ mile roadtrip. The car was great. I was well behaved on the way up. No “speeding” at all. However, I got pulled over 1 mile from my destination by a State Trooper while doing about 15 mph after making a right turn at a 4 way intersection. When all was said & done, he really just wanted to see what the car was all about. We talked cars, government, eventually shook hands like best friends & went on our way.

    On my way back I ran into a roadblock evidently looking for the 3 Afghani “officers” who bailed from Massachusetts on their attempted way to Canada. I was waived thru by a Border Patrol chick with a smile. The car just has a way with folks.

    Upon return I immediately started back up restoring the foyer to an old Victorian house. Dirty work, but looking sweeter by the hour. Never did get any groceries upon my return. I’m hungry. Ordered Chinese. Ready in 10 minutes. Took the long way on the local autobahn with the 500E listening to this at full-tilt.

    Rocking memories. FGS & WOT. I flogged the car all the way. I drove it like I stole it. It was impossible to stay below 110 mph. I actually used my turn signal to let left lane marks know I was gonna pass them on their right. “Hey, You look comfortable there, so just stay there. Don’t mind me!” They never knew what passed them like they were going backwards.

    Got my food & headed back the opposite direction. Seemed like I was moving even faster on the way back. Had to curtail the throttle. The Knight Rider would’ve been envious.

    Good times.

    PS: Just remember one thing. When you garage your 500E after a good romp, always pop the hood open to let the heat dissipate. Your car will thank you.
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    Please explain "dialed in". What did you do to dial it in?

    Beautiful car by the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DerFuror View Post
    I was waived thru by a Border Patrol chick with a smile. The car just has a way with folks.
    I think it was your authentic "A MERCEDES-BENZ PRODUCT" windshield sticker. I was just getting ready to ask you whether that sticker has had any positive effects for you...guess my question is answered before it was even asked.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Maui View Post
    Please explain "dialed in". What did you do to dial it in?

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    Re: OWNER – DerFuror

    Quote Originally Posted by gerryvz View Post
    Was KITT one of the cars in the left lane that you passed on the right?!?



    KITT woulda been milquetoasting almost each & every decision..."Michael, you do know the speed limit is 65mph? Michael, what are you doing? passing on the right is frowned upon & potentially dangerous...Michael, the way in which you tromp upon my accelerator will cost you in excess petrol consumption...Michael, the risks you are taking with an outdated radar detector...blah, blah, blah."

    We do both share a black stealthy exterior with a red electric eye...oh, and Germany loves us! (Him a bit more).


    PS: yes, I believe the decal provided the final "click" of the dial!
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