What is the sound of one piston slapping?
What is the sound of one piston slapping?

I slapped together a Gambler style build then sent it! We converged on an offroad park in southern Illinois (offroad parks are open in Illinois and Indiana, with social distancing restrictions). It wasn’t a Gambler event but a few of us doing a very small convoy.

Despite only having all seasons, the Benz did pretty good! The undercarriage of the W123 chassis is pretty beefy and practically has skid plates in areas.

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Unfortunately the left rear axle began clicking halfway to the offroad park. I initially thought it to be a bad diff and changed the diff fluid. The diff is fine, but it did need a fluid change anyway. The axle survived the weekend and the trip home. Thankfully replacing both axles won’t be too bad.

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Mostly everyone stayed in tiny spaced out clusters and avoided contact, per recommendations for outdoor activity right now.

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Damage report: In addition to the bad axle, I lost my starter solenoid, hood pull cable, and a bushing on my throttle linkage. Only the axle will be a pain to fix, but at least new axles are cheap!

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Other casualties from the weekend include two seized engines (a Tracker and that Galaxie doing burnouts), a hydrolocked Jeep, an El Camino on a Blazer frame that ate 4 distributors and 2 tire tubes, 5 dead starters on various cars, a punctured fuel tank (leaked 20 ounces every 10 seconds), a Festiva lost its rear subframe, and a destroyed oil pan. MVP? I’d say some kid who brought a bone stock and honestly minty Hyundai Sonata and showed the side by sides how to send it.

So all the carnage considered, the Benz was a tank! It even climbed massive darn near vertical hills. The first gear may as well be a crawler gear.

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I finished out the weekend by selling one more asset. After thinking long and hard about downsizing and only going after bucket list vehicles, I sent the Goldwing to a new home. The Buell and the Burgman have spoiled me on how a 4 stroke bike made this millennium rides. I’ve been finding myself not wanting to ride the ‘Wing anymore. Two years, almost 10,000 miles of my own, and a little worse for wear...I managed to make money on it!

The new owner bought it as a first bike and it sounds like they’re going to cafe racer it. Well, good luck to them I say! :)

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