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    Congrats Gerry, nice looking house!
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    Re: PWNER - gerryvz

    Congratulations on the new house, beautiful color and big front lawn.


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    Awesome, Gerry. Where will the standalone 6 car garage be built (or maybe it is already there and subterranean!)?


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    Congrats! Looking forward to getting the local members together once you get settled.

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    Re: PWNER - gerryvz

    Congratulations with your new home, Gerry.

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    Your last fall days in Texas!
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    Re: PWNER - gerryvz

    Looks nice. I imagine more space outside than you had in Houston. View out back looks interesting.

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    I spy, with my little eye, room for a big ol' shop.


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    Many places for trolls to hide back there. I hope you transfer the CHP to that state!
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    Does this mean I get cheaper shipping rates on purchases?!?


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    I think we should have our First Melville Entourage gathering at Potomac German Auto in Frederick, MD.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by nocfn View Post
    Many places for trolls to hide back there. I hope you transfer the CHP to that state!
    There is a large green belt behind the house that can never be developed. My property extends a bit back into those woods, as well. Yes, very large front and back yards. Trying to figure out whether to extend/enlarge existing garage, or build a separate shop building out back. Swimming pool and deck are definitely going in behind the house, so the shop project will likely be tied to that.

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    excellent space Gerry, looks like you brought some of the piney woods beauty with you - nice space!
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    I think we should have our First Melville Entourage gathering at Potomac German Auto in Frederick, MD.......
    Agreed! We'll have Potomac Pat in residence too.


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    Re: PWNER - gerryvz

    Quote Originally Posted by gerryvz View Post
    Trying to figure out whether to extend/enlarge existing garage, or build a separate shop building out back.
    If the existing garage is only a 2-bay, I would do both: enlarge existing attached to the house to 4-5 bay, and also have a separate shop building out back with higher ceilings / lift / tools / etc.

    Don't forget you also need storage space for lawn equipment (riding mower, etc) and also snow removal (snowblower, and/or 4-wheeler with plow) unless you plan to hire all that stuff out.


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    don't forget hammock and urinal, 55" 4k TV, microwave, coffee maker and large wash basin.
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    in ground hydraulic lift is where its at
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    It seems you guys are quite eager to spend my money for me on major construction projects.....

    Things are getting wrapped up in Houston, and it's starting to look like I'll be heading out tonight (Thursday) around 10PM CDT. Hopefully to make it to Jono's on Friday sometime, so I can disrupt his shop's business day and take him out to dinner.

    G-wagen loading begins at 6PM sharp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerryvz View Post
    It seems you guys are quite eager to spend my money for me on major construction projects.....
    Just trying to return the favor Gerry considering the parts stash accumulating in my garage thanks to your helpful HOW-TOs
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    c'mon Honch - all those rubber boots should clearly fund at least one of the electrical outlets in that shop!
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    I'm happy to report that I made it to Maryland just fine, and am officially "here" for good now.

    I began loading up the G-wagen around 6PM CT on Thursday night, and everything was loaded and read to go by 7 PM! Ended up not being nearly as much "stuff" loaded into the back of the G-wagen as I'd anticipated. It was low enough that I had a clear view out the rear window, no problem. After some final cleaning and misc. work, I left actually a bit earlier than scheduled, around 9:45 PM, and stopped at the nearby Shell gas station on the way to the freeway, to top off. After topping off the tank, I was officially "on my way" as of 9:58 PM.

    On Thursday night I plowed my way through as long as I could, stopping two different times for about an hour each time, to catch a power nap to keep going. I filled up the gas tank in Grosse Tete, LA at 3:46 AM CDT, and then again in Moss Point, MS at 8:51 AM. Next fillup was at 1:00 PM on the dot in Auburn, AL.

    Friday afternoon around 4:30 PM EDT, I rolled into Jono's World Headquarters in Lilburn, Georgia for a quick two-hour visit. I got the personal tour of his amazing shop. All I can say is that it's an amazing place, and everyone on the 500Eboard should visit him. You have parts, cars, engines, transmissions, detailing area, and a huge parking lot/boneyard out back. It's definitely Mecca for 124 and 126 owners, that's for sure !! Jono was quite hospitable for being a Friday night, and with a large cup of Peruvian iced coffee, he sent me out on my way. That special Jono-coffee kept me wired for many hours to come !!!

    I kept moving, though I did stop at a rest area for a three-hour power nap in the middle of the night, as I was running on nearly zero sleep (and the waning remains of Jono's coffee). Next fillup was in Anderson, South Carolina, and then again in Durham, NC. I drove the entire height of Virginia, and my final fillup was just 10 miles away from my new home in Bowie, MD, after getting through Washington DC traffic on Saturday morning.

    Arrived in Annapolis on Saturday morning at about 11:20 AM. Total distance was almost 1,600 driving miles (including the detour through Atlanta to visit Jono) and most of it was done at the 75-80 MPH range. No speed traps or encounters with any law enforcement personnel along the way. Only saw perhaps 2-3 state troopers on the whole trip -- mostly Virginia state police. The G-wagen averaged about 12.5-13 MPG at the 75-80 MPH mark. Not horribly efficient, but I needed that carrying capacity.

    I was paying anywhere from $2.95-$3.10 per gallon for Super gas along the way, until I hit Maryland where things jumped up to the $3.40-3.50 level.....

    Feels so good to be in my own home again. It's still sinking in.

    Thanks to all for the nice messages and support leading up to and during the move. And to Jono for his hospitality, and for checking in with me to make sure I arrived OK. Looking forward to getting "back in the saddle" with the forum in the coming days.

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    Forever a honorary Texan!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nocfn View Post
    Forever a honorary Texan!

    Texan? WTF is that? Never heard of it!

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    Re: PWNER - gerryvz

    Congrats on your new home. I only got my phone to open to the first pic but loved the kitchen. I will see the rest later today on computer. From other's posts it sounds like a mansion. I knew you were moving but that was quick and final.

    And you did all that while I was cruising from Amsterdam to Fort Lauderdale for 30 days via the Atlantic and Mediterranean. I miss a lot when at sea. Not much time for free Wi-Fi and the ship's is pretty expensive. So I miss a lot and it's hard to catch up with the current affairs on the 500eboard.

    My 500e hasn't had much love lately. I've been cruising the ocean much more than the highways lately. I felt guilty enough to get it out in the driveway and give it a good bath to get the dust off and get my juices and interest going again. I really miss driving it.

    I can't wait to see the new 6 car garage that Dave and the local boys are designing for you.
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    Glad you were able to stop by Sir! Sorry didn't have more time to spare that particular evening...life and stuff..

    Coffee is killer, eh? Rocket Fuel.... We're getting a nitrogen infuser for our cold brew, should be even Better next time you swing by.

    Looking forward to your next trip down...maybe starfest/tech in AL next year, yes?? Gary Anderson will be flying in/driving out from here and we'll be caravaning a few cars. Should be an Exciting drive that much I can promise!


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    Re: PWNER - gerryvz

    "Coffee is killer, eh? Rocket Fuel.... We're getting a nitrogen infuser for our cold brew, should be even Better next time you swing by.

    Looking forward to your next trip down...maybe starfest/tech in AL next year, yes?? Gary Anderson will be flying in/driving out from here and we'll be caravaning a few cars. Should be an Exciting drive that much I can promise!"
    Sweet trip of 1600 miles. Wow-

    Jono is great! I want to see the new faculity this next year.. not sure how or when. But I'm coming out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samiam44 View Post
    Sweet trip of 1600 miles. Wow-

    Jono is great! I want to see the new faculity this next year.. not sure how or when. But I'm coming out.
    Come on up! Gerry made it in a G wagon so you'll be Fine!!

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    I had a very nice, albeit too brief, visit yesterday here in Annapolis with Melville. He brought his beautiful 500E out from DC, and we had a quick lunch in downtown Annapolis. A quick tour of the new house and a show off of the G-wagen and he was back on his way.

    Thanks Mark & it was great to see you & catch up. And your beautifully maintained & shiny car....


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    I was very happy to see in person the new Intergalactic HQ for the 500Eboard. It's a great house and great location! I think most of my house could fit in the garage!

    It was great to see the G wagon but it was unfortunate that the 500E and the 560SEC were not yet in MD. I especially want to see the freshly painted SEC. Next time!

    Now that you're getting settled, we'll soon have to get the local troops together to start planning the next East Coast GTG...

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    Re: PWNER - gerryvz

    I'm a bit behind but welcome to the East Coast!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gatorblue92 View Post
    I'm a bit behind but welcome to the East Coast!
    Thanks! Finally starting to feel like home and really get settled into the new house. Just started in earnest last weekend on getting my garage unpacked and set up. Looking forward to finishing that job soon, and seeing the Melville Gang in the coming weeks and months!!


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    Re: PWNER - gerryvz

    If they don't tax you, post a photo or two of the new shop in various stages of perfection....
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    Re: PWNER - gerryvz

    Also, post the shop hours and phone number for appointments (or do you accept drive-ins?)


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    Re: PWNER - gerryvz

    Well, it's not anything really special. Basically just getting my workbenches, tools, and parts set up. This is just Phase 1, the existing garage. Phase 2 will be the real deal -- that will be the construction expansion of the garage to a proper "shop" per se, but that is probably two years out. Right now it's all about just getting things set back up so that I can actually work on my cars again.....

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    Re: PWNER - gerryvz

    My G-wagen experienced its first snow yesterday ... had to make an early-morning trip to the dentist for an appointment. We only got ~3 inches of snow, but the G handled it with no problem.




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    Gerry: Just curious, are you running winter, all season or summer tires on the G wagon? We only got 4 inches here in Albany, NY but the Thruway was coated on my drive home. I'm running Hakkas ( non studded ) on the E320. Very good winter tire.

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    Re: PWNER - gerryvz

    I have a brand new set of Yokohama Geolander tires on my G-wagen, installed last August. No intent to replace them with snow tires at this time -- if conditions get too bad during/after a snowstorm, I just won't drive.

    The Maryland department of transportation folks did a good job of keeping the roads plowed and cleared from what I saw yesterday. Even in front of my own house. Although, we didn't get that much snow. But, they seemed to be on top of things quite well.

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    Your exploited tax dollars hard at work it would seem....
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    Your exploited tax dollars hard at work it would seem....
    I have found the following, compared to Texas, since moving to Maryland:

    • Property tax -- in Maryland, approximately 60% of property taxes paid in Texas (and on a newly built home in MD, on a full acre of land vs. 0.27 acre in Texas)
    • Sales tax -- 6.0% in Anne Arundel County, MD compared to 8.25% in Montgomery County, TX
    • Homeowner's insurance -- approximately 60% of that paid in Texas, with double the actual coverage amount
    • Automobile insurance -- approximately 30% higher in MD than that paid in Texas (difference of approximately $1,000), though coverage is double the amount, and includes 5 vehicles
    • Motorcycle insurance -- 50% less in MD than in TX, with same insurance company (Safeco) and despite double the coverage amount in Maryland
    • Umbrella insurance -- Approximately 40% less in Maryland than in TX, despite double the coverage amount
    • State income tax -- 6.46% of income in Maryland; zero income tax collected in Texas
    • Excise tax for vehicles -- Maryland requires one-time, mandatory excise tax for all incoming vehicles. Each of my vehicles was $39; newer vehicles based on current book value of vehicle. Texas -- no excise tax for incoming vehicles. Excise tax included in below category of "Vehicle license registration".
    • Vehicle license registration -- initial vehicle license (includes new MD title, excise tax paid, plates, registration, etc.) ~$300 in Maryland for 2 years ($250 for historic vehicles); ongoing MD registration renewal approximately $100/2 years regular plate, $50/2 years historic plate; Texas approximately $120 per vehicle regular plate per year including annual mandatory state inspection.
    • State vehicle inspection -- MD requires extremely comprehensive, one-time $80 inspection for all incoming vehicles to get regular plates; no inspection required for vehicles getting historic plates. TX -- mandatory annual safety inspection approximately $35-40 per vehicle per year; $13 for motorcycles.


    Hope this helps.
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    Re: PWNER - gerryvz

    I just finished changing the oil on my 560SEC. I hadn't done this since April, 2016, which was the month before I filed for divorce, and six months before the car got hit by the semi-truck in Houston. The car had only driven 4,700 miles during that time, which is MUCH less than is normal, of course.

    Because of the Houston flood, my move to Maryland, and other circumstances, I delayed the normal ~3,000 mile oil change interval to ~4,700 miles. I will send the oil in to Blackstone Labs for an ongoing analysis. Will be interesting to see what the differences in the chemistry and mineral levels are, as compared to 3K mile oil.

    Changed the oil in my garage, and it was 28F outside (ambient temp). Interestingly, I went to pour the oil (20W-50) out of the bottle, and it poured MUCH more slowly than I was used to in Texas. Ambients have a big influence on viscosity. I believe that MB says not to use 20W-50 in temps below freezing (32F/0C), but I will continue to do so. I used 20W-50 when I lived in Portland, Oregon and never had any problems whatsoever.

    These old M117 engines LOVE thick oil. I'm all out of Penn, so I need to find a source for it hopefully here in Maryland. If not, I'll just mail order it. I'm going to miss not having a muscle car shop a couple miles from my house that always has it in stock.

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    Its been in the upper 20’s, makes for interesting morning startups
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    My car starts right up in the morning, no problem. However if the temp is below 35F, I'll let it idle for 5 minutes or so before I get in and go. Just to make sure everything is circulated.

    Before I changed my oil, I ran a few errands and drive the car for about 20 miles up to Cape St. Claire, MD (an Annapolis suburb) and then over to Arnold, MD (neighboring town to the north) to put some gas in it, and get things good and warm. It's nice to see the thermostat operating properly again

    I had my E500 out yesterday for about 10 miles on US-50, to the last exit before the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and then back to my house again. Most all of it was freeway. I got 'er up to 100 MPH at one point. It was ready for much more, but the drivers here in MD are very very slow. I guess it didn't help that US-50 is only a 55 MPH highway, either.....

    One thing I'll say, that between the G320, E500 and 560SEC ... they LOVE the cold, thick, oxygen-rich Maryland air MUCH more than the thinner, humid, hot air of Texas. I noticed as much when I lived in Portland, OR as well. The E500 was MUCH happier temperature and running-wise in that more moderate climate.

    And we have 93 octane Super gas here, too.

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    Oh I agree with the cold air improving aspiration. I start right up as well, just aware of the temp and the thickness of the oil.
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    Re: PWNER - gerryvz

    The video review for last summer's Alpentour 2017 was just recently completed.

    The Tour was mainly in the South Tirol and Trentino areas of northern Italy. One of the highlights was visiting the mountaintop World War I memorial at Monte Grappa. We also visited and had lunch at a farm that specializes in growing and harvesting very old/antiquated species of vegetables. A lot of stuff that you'd never see, ever.

    Watch the video highlights here: https://www.500eboard.com/Alpentour_2017.mp4

    Some amusing stuff too ... the 300SEL 6.3 pulling an overheated Jaguar XJ-S (12-cylinder) up to the top of a mountain pass.

    Cheers,
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