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Interesting business bigsky! What is your water source there? The area looks pretty arid in the pics.

The shots of your C107 are great with the mountains and clouds! Thanks for posting.
Each tank holds about 7000 gal of water, I have to add 15 5gal buckets of salt to get the salinity to about 16ppt. Will slowly bring salinity to 20ppt. Once the salt water is in the tanks, my only water usage is through evaporation. I have a 100 gallon + deep well. Having the full covers on the tanks appears to really help in controlling evaporation, and humidity in the building itself. The tanks are running at 29C, with 70% humidity in the building. Shrimp in picture are about 35/pound. Will start selling at 26/pound, with 20/pd being the target weight when everything is operating correctly. Hope to have everything running good by spring, so I can start working/enjoying the 107's again,
 

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Thanks benztag.

The weather was great again today and I was hoping to get in a longer drive. Preparation for Thanksgiving visitors got in the way. I did get it out for my shopping errands in late afternoon. Stretched it as far as I could! A couple of more sunny days predicted for Thursday and Friday. I hope to get the grandkids out for a little top down driving then.

I will leave the hard top off for as long as possible. I don’t enjoy top down driving much below 60 degrees so the top may go on in a few weeks.
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Each tank holds about 7000 gal of water, I have to add 15 5gal buckets of salt to get the salinity to about 16ppt. Will slowly bring salinity to 20ppt. Once the salt water is in the tanks, my only water usage is through evaporation. I have a 100 gallon + deep well. Having the full covers on the tanks appears to really help in controlling evaporation, and humidity in the building itself. The tanks are running at 29C, with 70% humidity in the building. Shrimp in picture are about 35/pound. Will start selling at 26/pound, with 20/pd being the target weight when everything is operating correctly. Hope to have everything running good by spring, so I can start working/enjoying the 107's again,
Thanks for the details bigsky. Very interesting! Wishing you every success with this effort.
 

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Enjoy it while you can!
It is hard to believe but the great weather continues! I’m driving the 107 nearly every day. The Thanksgiving visitors are now here. This afternoon I took my son in law to the nearby Barber Motor Sports Museum. What a collection of bikes and (mostly Lotus) cars! Great weather projected for tomorrow also!
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I broke in a new 107 driver today. My recently licensed 16 year old grandson and I took the 560 SL for a spin today. He is shown here at the wheel with his younger brother in the passenger seat.
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Participated in the local Cruise-in Saturday morning. A bit nippy early, but a very nice day. I may make it until January before installing the hard top!
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We had snow this morning. I think the hard top is going on tomorrow. Drove the SL into town yesterday to buy a new headlight. Ran like a top.
 

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Nice pic! Glad you took advantage of the opportunity. It was warm here as well (65 degrees F at one point), but Elke is tucked away at the other place. It was short sleeves, and shorts while I was outside working on the 124.
 

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Yesterday was the MBCA Alabama Section annual “Winterfahrt.” This annual event is noted for not being postponed due to weather. I had been driving the 107 on nice days sans top up until three days ago. Unfortunately rain showers were predicted for Saturday, the day of the run, with temperatures in the high 50s. On went the hardtop Friday afternoon for the first time since last Spring!

We started the run at 08:30 in a light drizzle. The first stop on the run after about 75 miles was the Brierfield Historical Park, location of the only Iron Works owned by the Confederate government during the Civil War. It was destroyed by Union Forces in March of 1865.

The next stop was at the Mercedes-Benz Brand Immersion Center near Vance Alabama. We drove by the major expansion project on this 25 mile leg. This MB factory is the second largest MB facility in the world.

The third and main stop was at the Bright Star restaurant for lunch.
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Founded in 1904 and the longest continuously operated restaurant in Alabama, it is still operated by the same family.

A nice event overall, about a 150 mile run including the drive home in heavy rain.

One picture is at the start in the morning and the other is at the MB factory.


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Nice! The 107 looks great in white, and the 116 in icon gold looks pretty as well.
 

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Thanks mico1aj and benztag. Yes, driving in the rain can be fun!

By the way, the gold 116 is a factory delivered one-owner car approaching 400k miles and is used as a dd!
 

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By the way, the gold 116 is a factory delivered one-owner car approaching 400k miles and is used as a dd!
Wow! it only goes to show how well those cars were made, I love my CLK but I don't think it will look as good in 25 years with additional 350k miles on the clock ;-)
 

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Today, the Countess and I participated in the 15th annual Pensacola, FL to Atmore, AL Road Rally sponsored by the Pensacola Austin-Healey Club and the Panhandle Cruisers. This is a 56 mile non-competitive run for all comers, The highlight of the day was lunch at David’s Catfish Restaurant in Atmore, advertised as the purveyor of the best catfish in the country. There were only three of us representing the MB Mark.

We enjoyed a nice 550 mile two day drive in the 107, mostly on the interstate at 65 to 80 mph and marred only by a few rain showers on the trip home this afternoon.
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Nice! A great selection of cars. Did I get that right that you did almost 500 miles just to get there? If yes, that's super dedication. ?
 

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Today, the Countess and I participated in the 15th annual Pensacola, FL to Atmore, AL Road Rally sponsored by the Pensacola Austin-Healey Club and the Panhandle Cruisers. This is a 56 mile non-competitive run for all comers, The highlight of the day was lunch at David’s Catfish Restaurant in Atmore, advertised as the purveyor of the best catfish in the country. There were only three of us representing the MB Mark.

We enjoyed a nice 550 mile two day drive in the 107, mostly on the interstate at 65 to 80 mph and marred only by a few rain showers on the trip home this afternoon. View attachment 2619847 View attachment 2619848 View attachment 2619849 View attachment 2619850 View attachment 2619851 View attachment 2619852
250 miles each way, 500 miles total. This was our third year to participate, each time in a different car. Our Alabama MBCA Section support this event every year as our section’s
area includes the Florida panhandle. This year we were also supporting another competing event at Seaside Beach, about 110 miles away thus fewer MB cars at this event.
 
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