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  1. You will also need a clamp to hold the shock strut shaft while you are trying to remove the top bolt. Evilution has a great guide...... Good luck!
  2. FYI - always a good idea to disconnect the battery when removing seats or playing with airbags. Just remember that you will need the radio code once you're finished with the work to reactivate the radio. Take your time with the connections under the seat - they're German and finicky, but doable!
  3. That's the vehicle that my friend John has been working on this week. The car is 45 years old and as expected the brake lines were pretty corroded. He was working on the R front disc brake and the line from the caliper to the flex line was rotten. It's a special fitting to the flex line so that piece would be hard to make. So he asks me if I can help find a replacement. I call the London MB dealer and told Sean, the parts guy, that I have a challenge for him. I give him the vin and he confirms that it is for a 1972 300 SEL. OK. Then he finds the part on his computer. I ask how much - $45 - ok - is it available? and now the surprise - YES and it's in Toronto with a next day delivery. That was yesterday so this morning I picked up the part and delivered it to my buddy. It was a perfect match -EXCELLENT!! Now that's what I call support and service!! Can only hope that the support for the smart cars will be as good! If history is an indicator it looks like it will.
  4. 1. Yes 2. Yes, probably easier to change the whole seat. 3. Yes, the code needs to be erased by someone with a star system. Good luck with the repair!
  5. By Scott Sexton Winston-Salem Journal 11 Apr 2017 James Jessup is a curious sort. He likes to know how his hard-earned money — tax dollars specifically — gets spent. And he’s unafraid to ask questions if he feels something’s amiss. That’s how we wound up speaking. I’ve been known to be a kindred crank about tax money, so when Jessup phoned to ask about what appears to be a power-pirate at work outside the Kaleideum science museum, his call wound up here. At issue was a Smart car, one of those little bitty ones, that Jessup noticed had been plugged into a power pole in the parking lot. He’d placed a call to Paul Kortenaar, an executive director at Kaleideum, but he hadn’t heard back. “It looks jury-rigged, like somebody is stealing power,” he said. “No one would go open up the plate on a light pole, unless you’re stupid, to run a 110 (volt cord) to charge a car. It just looks funny seeing an extension cord coming out of a pole like that.” Since the north campus of Kaleideum — known as SciWorks until a recent rebranding/merger with The Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem — sits on property owned by Forsyth County, the next natural questions were: Do county officials know? Do they care? A tiny car like that can’t possibly use much electricity. But somebody’s paying those light bills, so why not ask? “We do fund SciWorks, just like the city does,” said Dudley Watts, the county manager. “We also own the building, so we have that dual role as funder and also as a landlord. But (one of the terms) of our lease is that they pay all the expenses of their building.” That would include the power bill. So the next — probably best, in hindsight — step was to find Kortenaar and ask him. It turns out that the Smart car plugged in out front is indeed his and he was more than happy to talk about the car, the plug, the museum and anything else. “I’m sitting here at Starbucks reading a book,” said Kortenaar, an affable enough guy. Kortenaar said he leased the Smart car “a year and a couple months ago” and drives it around town, mostly for work. Since Kaleideum merged with The Children’s Museum and is planning a move into the old sheriff’s office, it makes sense that he needs to be mobile and efficient in doing so. Kaleideum’s board of directors is well aware that he charges the car at work, and that it adds (slightly) to the monthly bill. “It’s roughly equivalent to paying for mileage, except that it’s much cheaper,” Kortenaar said, referring to a standard business practice for millions of Americans and their employers. Using round figures, it costs about $150 to run the car for 5,000 miles. Mileage reimbursement for 5,000 miles in a gas-powered car, if you use the federally accepted standard of 54 cents per mile, comes out to $2,700. Leasing a vehicle, another common executive-level perk, could easily run $300 a month. With those things in mind, running an outlet to a Smart car seems like a good deal for nonprofit board and for the local governments who help pay for it. Plus, Kortenaar happily reports that it’s fast. “I have great fun blowing away Camaros at stoplights,” he said. Huh? How’s that again? Kortenaar is a science guy, so he was ready to explain such an outlandish claim. “Seriously, because it’s electric it has more torque at zero revolutions,” he said. “It’s electric, so its acceleration is quite good,” he said. The power comes instantly in an electric car, no need to wait for gasoline to convert to energy to turn the engine and crank up RPMs. (At least I think that’s what he said.) “Plus, it’s light,” Kortenaar said. “Mostly plastic. Its maximum speed is about 70.” But the car looks tiny. There’s no trunk space to speak of, and not much there to protect a person in case of collision. “I don’t take it on the highway,” Kortenaar said. Two grown-ups of up to Kortenaar’s size — he’s 6-feet, 4-inches tall — can fit inside comfortably. Just the fact that people are asking questions about the Smart car is a further benefit to the museum. It can be used as a teaching tool before anyone even gets in the front door. People have asked about it, but it’s not the ones you’d think. It’s the dads more than kids who notice. “I like to think that one of the reasons I have it is so it can be used as an exhibit,” he said. “That’s one of the reasons I chose this model. And I can plug it in a lamp stand at the house.” As things turned out, Kortenaar did ring Jessup back later on to explain the same points. That helped. “Maybe they need to put a sign up or something (explaining it),” Jessup said. “It looks really peculiar sitting there like that.”
  6. Welcome to the club! I'm partial to the diesel. However the diesels can get expensive to repair. How many kms are on yours? Are you having any issues?
  7. Huffington Post UK Debbie Kirkley 5 Apr 2017 Everyone knows that certain types of car have always been a by-word for certain types of people. Despite recent style developments, the Skoda and the Lada will perhaps forever be associated with the socks, sandals and cardigan-wearing brigade. The Volvo is for Mr Sensible, the Mini for Miss Ditz. While these clichés hold predictably fast, few would seriously believe that the type of vehicle that they drive could have a genuine impact upon their love life. Well, it seems that we believe wrong. New research we conducted at OSV, has shown that it’s not just the gold diggers who pay attention to the wheels their dates arrive in. To really rev a woman up, a man should drive an Audi; sleek, professional and reliable; the car’s qualities are transposed onto its driver, making him too seem like a feat of glossy German engineering. Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen garner a similar response, but the poor male Mini driver leaves the ladies cold... And we’re not talking about the actress! The Mini is cute and reliable, with a top speed of 119mph and a real edge when it comes to parking, but with only 5% of women saying that they found men in Minis appealing one can only reach the conclusion that sometimes size really does matter. As for the men, well they seem to have a true antipathy for women who drive anything by Nissan. Despite being one of the most popular car makes for female drivers, only one in fifty men like to see a woman behind the wheel of the shiny Japanese run arounds. Perhaps it’s the fact that the Nissan is such a common sight on our roads that cuts a man’s motor, because with them it doesn’t appear to have anything to do with size: the dinky Smart car comes second on the male turn-off list, appealing to only 6% of the one thousand survey respondents, while the mighty Land Rover pulled into third place, being a bit of a no-starter for 92% of men. Conversely, what the male of the species really seem to want from their women is more German engineering; 72% said that Volkswagen, in its many guises, gave women the greatest curb appeal, with Audi (70%) and Mini (69%) drivers hot on their tail. Curiously though, it’s not all about the make of car; colour also plays a part. OSV’s research reveals that more than half (55%) of all drivers - of both sexes - are more attracted by the drivers of black vehicles... This seems somewhat idiosyncratic, given that there are more white and silver cars on UK roads than any other colour. It is also particularly odd when you take into account the fact that one in two (54%) people believe that the type of car they drive will influence their luck when it comes to landing a hot date. Does this mean that drivers are deliberately dooming themselves with their choice of car? So at the end of all this, there is still one other question that begs to be asked: can anyone really be shallow enough to judge a person by their mode of transport? Ummm, that’s a resounding ‘yes’! 59% of people admitted to holding stereotypes based upon the type of vehicle a person drives, so heaven help the humble pedestrian, or those forced to take the bus.
  8. Did anyone get sick? It's probably coincidental, but last night I didn't feel right and then vomited. Slept the day away and now have a fever. I feel achy but no pain - I'm diagnosing flu - anyone else?
  9. SIGN-UP 1) Bill 2) Ron & Dot 3) Larry & Gail 4) Liz & Glenn 5) Ralph & Monica 6) 7) 8) 9) 10)
  10. Published on March 31, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter Published on March 31, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter <img class="alignnone wp-image-78979 size-large" src="" alt="This Is Not A Truck With A Full Load Of New Second Generation Smart Cars" srcset=" 660w, 120w, 300w, 768w, 792w" sizes="(max-width: 604px) 100vw, 604px" data-recalc-dims="1" /> You might think that this is a flatbed truck loaded with second-generation Smart cars that somehow ended up in China. You are wrong. This indeed is a flatbed truck loaded with Jijie Tule cars, clones of the Smart. There are 14 cars on the truck and at least three are of the special Hello Kitty Edition, with a partially pink roof. <img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-78980" src="" alt="" srcset=" 660w, 120w, 300w, 712w" sizes="(max-width: 604px) 100vw, 604px" data-recalc-dims="1" /> The Jijie Tule is a low-speed electric vehicle (LSEV). It is made by a company called Jujie Electric Technology, based in the great city of Changzhou in Jiangsu Province. They also make a clone of the Volkswagen Up! (scroll down). <img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-78982" src="" alt="" srcset=" 660w, 120w, 300w, 768w, 804w" sizes="(max-width: 604px) 100vw, 604px" data-recalc-dims="1" /> Happily, I met the Jijie Tule Hello Kitty Edition at the the 2017 Jinan EV Show. All the pink stuff is factory standard. Sadly, the pink on the wheels is of a darker shade than all the other pink. <img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-78983" src="" alt="" srcset=" 660w, 120w, 300w, 768w, 1034w" sizes="(max-width: 604px) 100vw, 604px" data-recalc-dims="1" /> Pink seats and a pink steering wheel. Nice, but Zotye does pink interiors even better. The touch screen is a nine inch and plays MP4 video, it has a radio and even a navigation system. Drive selector stick is located on the tunnel just in front of the red panic button. <img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-78984" src="" alt="" srcset=" 660w, 120w, 300w, 768w, 817w" sizes="(max-width: 604px) 100vw, 604px" data-recalc-dims="1" /> The Jujie Tule is powered by an electric motor with 4 horses, mated to a 60V lead-acid battery. Charging on 220V takes 8 hours. Top speed is 45 km/h and range is 100 kilometers. Price for all this Hello Kitty smart-ass pretty is 18.800 yuan or $2725. Size: 2730/1570/1570 (as wide as high) and wheelbase is 1850. Curb weight is 738 kilo. Let’s compare that to the sec-gen Smart: Size: 2695/1560/1540, and wheelbase is 1870. Curb weight was 795 kilo, just a bit more than the Tule, but the Smart had a petrol engine and was undoubtedly much safer and better build. The Tule then, is a fat cat. <img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-78981" src="" alt="" srcset=" 660w, 120w, 300w, 768w, 801w" sizes="(max-width: 604px) 100vw, 604px" data-recalc-dims="1" /> On their way to an LSEV market near you.
  11. Sign-up 1) Ron & Dot 2) Bill 3) Liz & Glenn 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) 10)
  12. SIGN-UP 1) Bill 2) Ron & Dot 3) Larry & Gail 4) Liz & Glenn 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) 10)
  13. Yup, could have stopped for a chat! It'll probably be a long time before we get that way again. It's lovely country and the people seem to be so much more relaxed on the east coast
  14. Hi Marc! Drove through Pictou county last Thursday. Stayed with a smart owner in Shediac NB.
  15. That's too funny!!! Today I changed the oil, replaced the fr R bearing, and replaced the alum fuel cover shield underneath the car. The little green one is ready for another adventure!!! Here's a pic of the brier trophy - taken just before the big game!! And 1 of the Nfld landscape and 1 of our ''screetch in'' ceremony at the B&B - a couple from Montreal...