In keeping with a slow once-over on the new to me 1982 Mercedes Benz 300D Turbodiesel, it looked as if the previous oil change was not a diesel specific oil … meaning that it wasn’t designed for the additional soot carrying and lubricating characteristics often associated with compression ignition engines. Along with needing EIGHT quarts of oil, I changed the filter which is quite substantial compared to previous diesel or gas vehicles I have owned – our ‘87 560SEL Mercedes included.
I was really just anxious just to get the old oil changed and wasn’t necessarily focused on oil brand, etc. – that will come after a conversation with my brother-in-law Gary Gerber who’s in the lubrication business. He sells diesel oils and has all the resources and contacts that will help me find an oil (and maybe a fuel additive) for an old 5-cylinder diesel. (previous posts)
I love reading stories about bright young inventors exploring the world of science and remember with fondness the days of science fair projects. One that recently caught my eye was a scholarship winner from California who worked with super capacitors and is finding ways to improve electrical energy storage devices (as well as charging and discharging them). LINK and video clip below
The future is bright so long as we have a next generation like Eesha Khare.
What Khare has designed and created is a supercapacitor with a “special nanostructure” allowing it to store significantly more energy while charging incredibly quickly. It also remains viable for 10,000 charges compared to the more typical 1,000 charges of today’s batteries.
Her experiment used the supercapacitor to power an LED, but both Khare and Intel believe the same tech can be used to similar effect on a smartphone. There’s also potential uses for car batteries, too, which could make electric cars more viable if their recharge time can be cut to a few minutes or even seconds.
Hmm, perhaps we are alone in having to make significant changes in our health care coverage this year … not to mention paying more for less?
“If you already have health insurance through your job … nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change your coverage or your doctor. Let me repeat: Nothing in this plan will require you to change your coverage or your doctor.” — spoken by President Obama in Pittsburgh on Sept. 15, 2009.
I’m sure that I’m not the only one hesitant to voice my thoughts about the IRS targeting conservative groups like the Tea Party and pondering the wisdom of even chiming in. Normally I favor the “keep quiet” approach and avoid even the thought of commenting on an agency with the power of the Internal Revenue Service. There is no denying that they have extraordinary power over every American and can make life pretty miserable.
I admit that initially I was skeptical of the alleged “targeting” of conservatives, but after hearing the admission from IRS officials and the many stories coming to light, it is pretty obvious that this is a big deal. How high it will go, who knows … but administration officials wouldn’t be the first to try to cover things up. Having dealt with an IRS audit of my company 20 years ago, I can’t imagine having to deal with the continued harassment True the Vote’s Catherine Engelbrecht had to deal with — video above (17 incidents from government agencies).
Learning, learning, learning. After spending the weekend putting a few things back together on the old Mercedes Benz 300D Turbodiesel, after taking too much off, it is back on the road again with four new rotors, brakes and both bearing and races pressed into the hubs. I’m waiting for a few new AC parts and have been reading about the hard shifting automatic transmission as well as playing with the “never before adjusted” ALDA setting after cleaning out the somewhat dirty (not too bad)intake manifold banjo bolt. I might just remove the ALDA to see how much power/smoke I get?
It is possible that I have a transmission issue, but more than likely it might be a vacuum modulator valve adjustment comparing my symptoms with what I’ve read. We’ll see, but unfortunately there is multi-step approach to diagnosing and fixing this and according the the guru Kent Bergsma, it is not as simple as just “adjusting” or replacing a part.
My son mentioned a video produced by his alma mater, Lakota East High School, and after first thinking it was just another goofy video, I realized that the community and student body effort was a lot of work – I even watched it to the end as the music gets more appealing to those of my generation.
At a time when the millennial generation is chastised for being self-centered, the Lakota East students are changing my opinion. The attention given, coordinated involvement and dollars raised($12,000 to-date/Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center) for Spina Bifida is impressive … impressive enough in my mind that they should be able to attract the attention of Ellen DeGeneres – their goal. I’ll do my part and mention it here and use the hash tag #wewhatellen in my subject line tweet.
Great series of 13 photos from St. Maartin’s Princess Juliana International Airport on Weather.com this month where Maho Beach-goers get up close and personal with landing aircraft (one of many posted short videos below).
I’ve been taking too many things apart and not putting them back together fast enough, so before I go any further, I think I’ll put some new parts back on? (forgetting where all my parts are from and where they go) I’m okay with working on brakes, rotors and wheel bearing, although I’m having the races pressed into the hubs by my buddy Jack Cook … but I’m not as comfortable in working on the AC system and probably should be leaving it to someone else. Anyway it has been enjoyable so far, but time to reassemble a few items this weekend.
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I was up late Tuesday night taking apart the well crusted rear brakes on the new to me 31 year old Mercedes Benz 300D Turbodiesel. It was a slower than usual process as the quality brakes were nearly down to metal to… »
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Erskine Bowles gave his pitch on CNBC’s Squawkbox Wednesday morning although doesn’t seem to be making much headway with the politicians who refuse to face reality. Neither Republicans or Democrats seem… »
I appreciated a video from America’s Test Kitchen on Lifehacker and thought it was worth archiving and sharing … not that I fix lobster everyday. Twist off the tail, split the shell on the back, pull… »
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Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee
lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.