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    Re: OWNER – DerFuror

    Quote Originally Posted by KarlC View Post
    Your making me miss my 1969 MOTO GUZZI AMBASSADOR 750, here's one just like the one I had.......
    If I was to get back on 2 wheels again, it would be with an Ambassador (if there were any good affordable ones left), an El Dorado (the Ambassador's successor), or whatever the current retro-equivalent is. Good stuff. Lotsa soul, thump & sex appeal, those bikes...Guzzi was the only marque I had.

    AAMOF, I recently considered auctioning off my Guzzi gear. I tried on my jacket one last time for old time's sake. It fit like a lifelong leather glove. I changed my mind. It (and the rest of the swag) stays for now.


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    Back to Stealth Mode

    Driving season is culminating. In anticipation of my upcoming last long distance drives, today was the day I swapped the 17" Monoblocks for the refurb'd 16" painted stock 8 holers shod with the Michelins from my old chrome rims.

    I flogged the sh*t out on some of the Hinterland's back roads today like a Rallye car. What a blast! Listening to Frank Black: Teenager of the Year full blast (Divine Providence picked the album...I hadn't listened to it in decades).

    Leaves, gravel & flotsam flying everywhere. The funny part was, I even sent a bunch of Hillbillys scattering for cover (them thinking I was the "Guy" coming to crush or collect on their backwood Meth lab debts). Shiny big bad black car coming in hot out of Nowhere. Whoo! Good Times.

    Anyhoo, here's some pics of today with the stockers on...

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    I Like 'em.
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    Re: OWNER – DerFuror

    I'm gonna wait til the beginning of next driving season (just to make sure no surprise leaks occur again over the Winter), but the Redline D4 ATF is here. Ready & awaiting to go synthetic.

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    Looking forward to it.

    PS:Check out that painted stock rim...
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    Re: OWNER – DerFuror

    Derf,

    Your car looks great. I especially like your re-furbed 16" wheels.

    With all of the fallen leaves it won't be long before you will have to tuck in your baby for the long cold winter.

    Take Care
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    Re: My Loss is my Gain

    One of the 2 Guzzis you mentioned was my first ride on a real road bike. I think it was the Ambassador. You make me want to put my stock wheels back on. Unfortunately they won't fit anymore and don't look as nice on the silver. Excellent.

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    Re: Back to Stealth Mode

    Quote Originally Posted by DerFuror View Post

    I flogged the sh*t out on some of the Hinterland's back roads today like a Rallye car. What a blast! Listening to Frank Black: Teenager of the Year full blast
    You're dialing my phone with that one, Derf! I keep a couple of cd magazines loaded with Frank Black and another full of Pixies always at the ready. Had the newly released Pixies blasting on the way home last night...
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    Re: Back to Stealth Mode

    Quote Originally Posted by Klink View Post
    You're dialing my phone with that one, Derf! I keep a couple of cd magazines loaded with Frank Black and another full of Pixies always at the ready. Had the newly released Pixies blasting on the way home last night...
    Agreed! The summer of '89 I took my Yamaha FZ750 and rode to the Grand Tetons and had two cassettes loaded in my Walkman and routed into my Shoei helmet: U2's Joshua Tree and Pixies Dolittle. Blasting across Nebraska blaring Monkey Gone to Heaven.

    Wheels look stellar!


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    Quote Originally Posted by makemann View Post
    Agreed! The summer of '89 I took my Yamaha FZ750 and rode to the Grand Tetons and had two cassettes loaded in my Walkman and routed into my Shoei helmet: U2's Joshua Tree and Pixies Dolittle. Blasting across Nebraska blaring Monkey Gone to Heaven.

    Wheels look stellar!


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    Re: OWNER – DerFuror

    Quote Originally Posted by TerryA View Post
    With all of the fallen leaves it won't be long before you will have to tuck in your baby for the long cold winter.
    The leaves have left. Its profoundly colder this evening with rumors of upcoming snow flurries. Now that my O2 sensor has been re-tightened, I gotta sneak out onto the motorway early tomorrow to try to recreate my recent LHM situation before the snow flies. Otherwise, after a final wash down, this year's enjoyable driving season is pretty much done for me.

    Best wishes to all members & your cars!
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    Re: OWNER – DerFuror

    Everytime I see these picks of your car I want to run out and take mine for a spin. Black is beautiful.
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    Re: OWNER – DerFuror

    Maui, you are very kind, as always. Hope to meet up with you somewhere along the ride to my final destination.

    Cheers!

    Now get out & Spin! (figuratively, of course...).
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    Happy Ending?

    I had a window of opportunity today to test the car regarding my recent LHM situation & then wash it afterwards.

    The test seems a success...

    ...and the car always looks and feels better when it is clean. I have a random orbital & am actually looking forward to finally waxing this car for the first time of my ownership.

    I'm such a delinquent
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    Captruff saves my MoJo!

    I noticed a disturbing pattern forming towards the end of Summer. While festively driving around the Lake, the Chicks became less & less inclined to expose themselves to the outside world via the 500E sunroof.

    For a while I was erroneously thinking it was something about me...

    Then it all made sense when I discovered the front trim strip of my sunroof opening was missing a couple of screws! Oh why Me?! What to do Now??
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    Chicks HATE missing hardware. I was literally quaking in my Recaro with self-doubt until I remembered captruff was parting out some W124s. I explained the situation & he immediately express mailed some replacements. What a valued forum member!

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    Needless to say, I loctite-blued these into place. I never want to go thru that type of trauma again.
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    Re: OWNER – DerFuror

    Ha ha! I love it!

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    Re: OWNER – DerFuror

    WHew!!

    I had a bad feeling Inspection was due by the end of this month. After stressing for a few moments, I was happy to discover that it's due by the end of next month.

    I hate having to rush things at the last moment...
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    Re: OWNER – DerFuror

    Derf,

    You gotta QUIT rubbing in that Lazy Boy pic from your front yard in our faces.

    It's MAKING ME CRAZY!!!
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    Re: OWNER – DerFuror

    Sorry for such a delay in response, Terry, but the sea plane that delivers the email around here was in the repair shop for a few weeks & finally arrived.

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    I'm catching up on correspondences before the plane leaves back to Civilization. I hope to catch a ride back....
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    W124 Mania

    The delivery of email gave me lots of reading to do. Some of the recent forum posts & discussions regarding the virtues of the venerable W124 product-line must have planted subliminal seeds in my mind...

    While bushwhacking my way back to Civilization from the Boonies, I peripherally spied a familiar shape parked trail-side. A quick backtrack revealed a 1993 300CE...a rare sight indeed around here...more rarely seen than the elusive albino deer.

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    Blue with Camel interior & blue ragtop. 125K miles. Chrome arch accents & wheels. No dents, but a few knicks here & there. The ragtop is intact, but has two areas of contact point abrasion apparently from resting in the retracted position. Also a slight bit of door line droop.

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    Looks like the car was imported to the Hinterlands from Indiana. The interior is decent for its age. No apparent seat rips. Typical console wood cracking. Has an aftermarket audio head unit.

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    NA head lights. The hood could use a good color sanding or reshoot. I haven't had the VIN or a Carfax processed yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerryvz View Post
    Anyone seen DerFuror lately? Me neither.

    A quick inquiry about what his situation is, showed that he's been so mobbed by the ladies in his native NY State, that he has precious little time to even peruse the forum.

    Such is the power of the gray switches.
    I'm thinking Summer is for Convertibles! I'd pop a set of grey switches in this car so fast..OMG, imagine the possibilities & new stories this could create!

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    I never should have accepted the email from the seaplane & read all your non-500E W124 derivative posts, because I now believe I'm gonna arrange an upcoming test drive & inspection for sh*ts & giggles....that's if it doesn't fly off the shelf beforehand
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    Or this in Rosemary Beach, FLA

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    Re: OWNER – DerFuror

    Took advantage of nice clearance prices from FCP for some “good to have” spares, including Meyle tranny filter kit, Behr radiator elbow pipe, 30A strip fuses, Mann air filter & Meyle strut dust boots/stop buffers.

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    The fuses & elbow pipe will go into the car's road kit. The others will all get installed in due time throughout the year.
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    Re: Stay wrenching, my friends…

    Quote Originally Posted by Klink View Post
    ...It seems counterintuitive, I know, but the upper dust boots are not supposed to be stretched over, or in any other way firmly attached to the lower guides on the struts. They are being stretched and deformed by this, and usually will either detach from the top mount, or break relatively soon in this condition. The guides are only there to keep the boots concentric with the strut so that they don't chafe and wear through, etc...
    Was recently researching front strut dust boot & stop buffer installation. A nice diagram illustrating Klink's point resides in FSM 32-100 Removing & Installing Shock Absorber Struts

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    Re: When it rains it pours Mercedes

    I reinstalled the 17” Monoblocks for local driving. All but one tire held its air pressure over the off-season. No surprises were discovered when inspecting the wheel well regions. I will invest in new disc rotors. This is the last driving season for the current rotors (which came with my car purchase).

    It's been a rather overall damp Summer, but the weather was decent for a drive this day. I’ve done minimal driving since bringing the car out on July 2. The ambient temperature displayed 82 deg F (28C), but felt like 92 F (33C) with the humidity.

    I filled up on 91 octane ethanol-free premium & took a spirited drive up into the Hills on one of my favorite routes full of twisties & elevation changes. I had a ball averaging 80 mph (129 kph). The temp gauge kept a rock steady smidge over 80C (approx 180F). Both the car & I reacted nimbly in avoiding several blind curve centerline roadkill carcasses (which would have messed up the front bumper cover).

    As I powered down a certain section of road, I was reminded of a 500SL that was displayed for sale last year or the year before…son of a gun, it still was there! I double-backed & pulled over to check it out. I kept the 500E running with the hazard lights on. I was happy to hear the fans actuate.

    The car has evidently not moved much since I last saw it (a leafy tree branch has been allowed to grow into contact with the rear window). 040 paint with camel interior. The car mileage is only 65,828 (105,940 km). Other than a cock-eyed passenger side headlight wiper, the body looks fine.

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    Hmmm…what would be more fun, this 500SL or last week’s 300CE? Regardless, it is quite unusual to see either around here these days & especially so close in succession.
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    of Loss & Gain

    ...I've also scored a rather new backup battery for the 500E (although it comes by the detriment of another car owner). You see, BMW-guy finally tapped out of ownership. NO MAS!

    He had sidelined his 7-series for a season or two after his kid (who has since been excommunicated) screwed up a transmission control feature.

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    Equivalent to the frequency of a total eclipse of the sun, I discovered a similar model 740-series (different color) in the local boneyard & tallied the cost of all the items required to get his car back to a state of respectfulness. Via empathy, I'd get this car stripped & then install the items for him.

    Upon later visiting his residence, I noticed the car was gone...I was informed that he had become so intensely sick & angry of his perpetually problematic situation that he sold the car to the same boneyard for chump-change. Ouch!

    Anyhoo, I recently built a set of new steps for his back porch. He gave me his 3 month old Interstate car battery as a bonus for a job well done.

    ...and he finally did what I suggested he should do when he first informed me he was seriously thinking about buying the BMW. He bought a Jeep.

    PS: I didn't have the heart to tell him that on the day I originally visited, I was prepared to make an offer to buy the car from him if he wasn't interested in or couldn't buy the replacement parts.
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