Tuesday, August 18, 2015

All Fall to Saint Luke.....

Luke, the writer of the Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles, has been identified with St. Paul's "Luke, the beloved physician" (Colossians 4:14). We know few other facts about Luke's life from Scripture and from early Church historians.

Hmmmm so while oh why would I look at an AME Church name Saint Luke's....If I didn't do my homework....oh I am not such a novice fellow people and please don't add me into any religion group...I float around on the winds of mankind...

In our day, it would be easy to assume that someone who was a doctor was rich, but scholars have argued that Luke might have been born a slave

Well turns out Mr Luke was a very good friend of our current god....odd huh? Well check this he was also a doctor and had "visions".....Turns out he was also a slave and was imprisoned with a man named Christ. Boy I wish people would turn to more then just one odd book found in every place with a cross.

During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, 'Come over to Macedonia and help us.' " Then suddenly in 16:10 "they" becomes "we": "When he had seen the vision,

 If we as an advanced civilization cannot see that these men loved each other and that these men were not on a mission to preach their "religion" but rather to help and save those who they could. St Luke was a doctor!!!! A DOCTOR!!! Can that not tell a person that these men were not just some holy entity from a church in some state but rather they were normal people who went on to meet another amazing person who was just a person....that we opted to turn into something crazy....

Luke is the loyal comrade who stays with Paul when he is imprisoned in Rome about the year 61: "Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus

Why is it that we had these people back then but now in this century we have no one with these abilities to help, heal and love their fellow men...This article also stated that Jewish men were the only ones circumcised as St Luke states that himself! So why do we take on this tradition??

He first mentions all those "of the circumcision" -- in other words, Jews -- and he does not include Luke in this group

Even this scholar states what he writes....

"Since many have undertaken to set down an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed on to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, I too decided, after investigating everything carefully from the very first, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus" (Luke 1:1-3). 

Oh Mr Luke are we just one of the same??

Luke's is the gospel of the poor and of social justice. He is the one who tells the story of Lazarus and the Rich Man who ignored him. Luke is the one who uses "Blessed are the poor" instead of "Blessed are the poor in spirit" in the beatitudes.

Stay tuned as I am very good at uncovering secrets and research comes natural for me. I've literally found these words carved in stone and how can one argue that?

Everything in blue are links, and I encourage those in doubt to sit down and do their homework!

Luke painting the Virgin Mary

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Clutch Work.....

Well since I vowed off the Mercedes forums, I still have my cars and well they still need work. I am trying to figure out how to configure my site to have a little add on section for posts on the cars. Its not as easy as one may think and finding someone to host a website with layouts instead of a Blog isn't easy to do. That and I am not willing to dedicate my life to 4 computer monitors and endless hours of code. 
 Repair Kit....Cylinder

This repair project was labor intensive and I know a garage would charge close to four figures and then not want to repair any of the old parts. Well I don't have the 80$ for a new part and to see if a repair kit would work I had to open it up anyways. So with a huge bottle of Dot4 brake fluid and brake cleaner I set out to get dirty. 

This is for the clutch master cylinder on a Mercedes 300D Euro with a 4 speed manual transmission, this also came on the 240D as well as endless European models. I've replace the slave cylinder shortly after I got the car probably seven years ago. That was not fun! I lost all the brake fluid because of a bad seal in the slave and I was backed into my driveway on a hill! 

The issue is a grinding when putting the shifter in reverse. I had already rebuilt the shifter and replaced all the missing bushings. The next step was the clutch master cylinder, the EPC shows that their are repair kits for them part number but I wasn't sure which one I needed nor if I could rebuild this one, as there was no other "rebuild" thread on clutch master cylinders for a Mercedes. I was also confused on mine as it is a FAG 22088...Yep when it was in the car I "thought" I read it right but nothing came up. Turned out the only picture of a repair kit I could find labeled this as ABS? I can now confirm part number 0002901967 is it and the other part number 0005862929 as far as I can tell comes with the piston.

Well today I opted to go out and take care of it. First thing I did was to empty out the brake fluid reservoir and disconnected the hose that lead to the clutch. Then I opened the bleeder screw on the slave clutch. I noticed the fluid dripping out was black as night! Not good!

Then I removed the master clutch and popped it open. Oh boy it is gross! and not good! I think when I bleed the clutch, when I did the slave cylinder repair, was the only time this has seen a bleed/flush. Opening it up showed why I was having issues and amazingly not worse ones! There was so much gunk huge pieces of it!

It showed a lot of rust and varnish buildup and was a pain to remove with brake cleaner, steel wool and screw driver. I didn't want to use sand paper but it was so difficult to remove! 

I then got out the old oil can, best thing to bleed this with! After cleaning it all up I filled it with brake fluid and then I connected it to the line that ran from the master cylinder to the slave and flushed the line(out the bleed screw) till it was clear. Then I reverse bleed the system(hooking the oil can to the bleed nipple and pumping the fluid up through the clutch master cylinder); I did that until the fluid became clear. A lot of work later I have a nice clean working hydraulic clutch peddle system.

 All of the bushing/seals were still nice and flexible and didn't fall apart with cleaning too. I don't even think I will need to buy a kit but at least now I know the proper kit to buy and that the main issue was all the gunk. The other thing is there really isn't any way to flush this gunk out as the holes; they are so small it won't pass threw. Time will tell if it will hold up or if I will need to just spend the 80$ for a new one because past maintenance not MILEAGE! has destroyed this one.

I wish I could post more find or flower photos but we are in the dead of summer. We're just now seeing the monsoon season and everything but the sunflowers have dried to a crisp even with regular watering. Vintage thrift store finds are becoming super rare here too.

I do have this cell phone shot of the spider uh hum Black Windows that just LOVE my euro! I don't under stand it, the 78 never has any webs on her but the euro....ha one night and its webbed to the ground! There was even one in the door jamb...never moved or left despite driving around town....WHYYYY??? I have no idea....

As my luck would have it, I had this all write up and the internet died....and then....we had a huge storm after I was complaining about no rain....and....and....and complaining of "no" finds....I go and drag another....piece of furniture home....UGH!!!

It is a Fashion Flow Birdseye Maple Vanity, that was from an "add a piece" line and this one has been used as a desk for sometime....I love the grain....but I am now seeing the work it needs isn't worth the grain...I will get more info added later....I told myself to PUBLISH!! this before I move to another "distraction"