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Did you guys know rrbrucea is awesome? #2692725
08/29/19 09:16 PM
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I was rather in over my head on a recent graphics thing and Bruce stepped up and offered to breeze through my dilemma. He did a great job and now I've got a tasteful logo for my hobby based machine shop.

This is related to another fun dealership story.

Mercedes began production of a new turbocharged inline six gasoline engine this year. It is the M256 and there is no drive belt. Instead of a converter hanging off the back of the crank there is a large electric generator. It weighs 45-50 lbs and acts as the starter, alternator, hybrid drive unit, and torque converter. This engine is in several of the new cars and SUVs. The dealership I worked at 5 years ago got a car that needed this generator replaced. The parts are not readily available yet so it took a little while to get one in. Then, they found out that Mercedes had not released the specialty tools to install the part. After another extend wait the tool arrived. It's little more than a long stick to hold the generator in line with the pilot bearing. Strangely, Mercedes didn't give them any way to hold this long stick.

Fearing this turning into a buy back situation they turned to the Mercedes Field Technical Specialist and cried for help. He had no official answer but knew about the tools I made for my store so he told them to call me. I checked out the situation, took some measurements, and thew them a quote. They bit so I knocked out the tool over the weekend. Money changed hand, they fixed the car, and the client is back on the road.

Now, the Mercedes FTS (a buddy who treated me to lunch today) asked me for some photos, the number of parts, and materials I used. He has forwarded it all to the corporate folks and is trying to get them to buy the tool from me. There are a lot of these engines out there but only one tool. Who knows? Maybe they'll buy the plans off me. They are known to recognize and reward cost saving input from corporate employees. Maybe Ridgewood Machine (my shop) will make its first corporate sale. biggrin

That was the encouragement I needed to get busy on the logo I wanted for the shop. Frustrated, I asked for help. Bruce volunteered. I threw him the stuff and he put it together. It is exactly what I hoped for.

RM logo.jpg
Re: Did you guys know rrbrucea is awesome? [Re: feets] #2692730
08/29/19 09:25 PM
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As for the fixture, here's the "Christmas tree stand" I sold them.

My name and date are stamped into the main part so they can remember where it came from. biggrin
The legs are pinned and bolted into place so they won't loosen, let the stand twist, and allow a stupid expensive part go crashing to the floor. The center hole is .003" oversize for a nice easy fit and I made copper tipped set screws so they could tighten the tool in the fixture without marring the surface.

The second photo is the stand mounted on the transmission jack with the Mercedes tool in place.


Yes, I've already sent the word out to the other stores in this area and let them know who to call if they need one.

M256 generator stand.jpgM356 generator stand assembled.jpg
Last edited by feets; 08/29/19 09:28 PM.
Re: Did you guys know rrbrucea is awesome? [Re: feets] #2692742
08/29/19 09:57 PM
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Awesome is not a word I’d use to describe myself. And I know my wife wouldn’t! My 13 year old? Fuggetaboutit! But it’s cool to hear the backstory. It was really a collaborative effort. The concept provided, and I just worked through some hiccups in the file. Good luck with this tool! Hope it leads to huge things for the company...

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Re: Did you guys know rrbrucea is awesome? [Re: rrbrucea] #2692785
08/30/19 01:50 AM
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Gotta love it when a plan comes together up


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Re: Did you guys know rrbrucea is awesome? [Re: hooziewhatsit] #2692816
08/30/19 09:39 AM
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good job feets ! bow hope this works out for you.
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Re: Did you guys know rrbrucea is awesome? [Re: moparx] #2692827
08/30/19 09:57 AM
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Nice work plus the fact that a PARTS GUY out thought the highly touted German engineers. You rock! Proof again that [censored] mobiles breakdown in the field even after testing.


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Re: Did you guys know rrbrucea is awesome? [Re: CKessel] #2692845
08/30/19 10:47 AM
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Originally Posted by CKessel
Nice work plus the fact that a PARTS GUY out thought the highly touted German engineers. You rock! Proof again that [censored] mobiles breakdown in the field even after testing.


This parts guy has out thought the engineers on a number of things. That's not uncommon. Engineers of all types frequently get buried in their project and focus on fitment regarding initial assembly. Techs of all industries curse engineers for not thinking of the poor schmuck who has to fix their junk in the field. Even machinists curse them for not considering manufacturing processes. Frequently, the biggest problem is how you're going to hold a part when you're making it.

As for the reference to failed German superiority, I don't see any of the major brands as being truly trouble free. They all have faults. They all break down eventually. With the technology that goes into luxury vehicles you will see different types of failures. Sure, a 2007 Toyota Camry may have stayed out of the workshop more than a 2007 S600 but it didn't have adaptive cruise control, night vision, power heated ventilated rear seats, adaptive body control suspension, a twin turbocharged V12, and all the other trappings of luxury found in the big Benz.

When you buy a big fancy thing with lots of gee whiz toys you have to understand that each of those features presents another potential mode of failure. That gives truth to the expression that the most expensive car you'll own is a cheap luxury car.

Re: Did you guys know rrbrucea is awesome? [Re: feets] #2694157
09/03/19 10:35 PM
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Re: Did you guys know rrbrucea is awesome? [Re: DirectSubjection] #2694176
09/03/19 11:22 PM
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Feets you need to patent that.


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