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2011 Dettling D-1 Prototype Found in Michigan

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2011 Dettling D-1 Prototype

  Spotted in Michigan is a 2011 Dettling D-1 Prototype for $160,000 USD.  The seller states this the only one in the world.   The construction is superior to any automobile in the world, with it’s multi tube space frame and structural fiberglass and Q cell body. It is mid-engined small block chevy V8 with trick flow heads and Gm 4 speed transaxle. The body of the car holds a US design patent and the car is very roomy, with enough trunk space for 2 people to go anywhere on vacation.   See youtube video’s under Dettling for more info. Opinions?

1993 Mercedes 500GE: Stainless Steel Brake Line Upgrade

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Mercedes 500GE: Stainless Steel Brake Line Upgrade

  I am in the process of planning my 1993 Mercedes 500GE restoration.  The 500GE has been a lot of fun to own and it is time to see what can be done to improve the braking system.  It has disc brakes up front but still has drum brakes in the rear.  I researched the idea of upgrading to disc brakes but it seems to be a very involved upgrade.   Unfortunately, I do not have access to mechanics with G Wagon expertise especially with this model that never officially came to the USA.   I have had the brakes flushed when I got the car just to establish a base line for my future maintenance work.   My  next task is to purchase stainless steel brake lines to see if that will help with pedal feel.   Its been brought to my attention that the correct brake line kit for the 500GE is the same as the G320 so I will start gathering the parts I need.  According to the diagram , the brake kit will include lines number 14 and number 35.  It is also recommended that I replace the differential hose which is another number 35 line.  

Vintage Alpine Alarm 8101 Found in New Mexico

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Vintage Alpine Alarm 8101

Spotted in New Mexico is a rare Vintage Alpine Alarm 8101for $1,400 USD. Alpine Alarm Model No. 8101 Security System! Alpine car alarm Mobile security system new but has been opened but never installed. This alarm was seen on the streets around 1986, 1987 or so. This unit does NOT have a remote, it has a touch key entry code pad. Pictures that you see are of the actual unit, so what you see is what you get. Comes complete with instruction, manual, components, wire harness, brackets, warrantee cards etc. I had one of these units in my first truck, and it works like a champ, never had any issues with it, and was happy with its security performance. The box has seen better days for its age, but still holds the components like it came from Alpine. This Alpine 8101 is very rare! This might be the only one left, in its NEW conditon. Where is this typically installed?