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Volume 26 Issue 2 March/April 2008 WINTERTECH 2008 Our superb host, John Lewenauer. Black Forest facility and our 46 attendees, plus staff. wintertech '08 Michael explains why cylinder heads leak. Black forest owner Michael McKinney does the intro as the group ignores him and looks at Becky. Engine removed as a subassemby with the front axle. Keith Powers provides his expertise on the rear axle assembly. Every detail attended to even Snap-on paid us a visit. Yes, that is snow you see, with a balmy temperature of -50 wind chill. Randy Koehler's seminar covered the front axle in detail. 3908 190 SL Group Information Newsletter Staff Editor... Bruce L. Adams Technical Web Editor...Walt Puryear Proofing/Copy Editing...Karen Poppele Layout/Design/Printing...A Better Image Printing This publication is written for the hobbyist by hobbyists and is intended for use only as an open forum for the sharing and exchange of members, personal information, tips, and experiences. Members do not hold themselves out to be experts. All published information is the personal opinion of each author. In the event of doubt or disagreement, consult and follow factory model specifications and recommendations. Use of the information contained herein to modify, repair, or maintain mechanical, structural, or electrical equipment of any kind or nature is at the risk of the user. The editor, authors, and publisher assume no responsibility for the reliability of the information and contents published. CONTENTS WinterTech '08 Pictures Taking Note: The President s Letter Facts about WinterTech ' SL Club Store Member's Mailbag Collectors Corner Mini Meet in Carmel Valley By Sports Car Market Arizona Results New Members Get Rid of Your Points, Weights & Springs Things You Should Know SL Alternator Issues More Pictures! Policy Statement The International 190 SL Group, Inc., is a not-for-profit corporation, founded in 1983 for the owner-enthusiast who would like to learn more about the car and share his or her knowledge of and experiences with the car with others. This newsletter is published to help meet that goal. Want ads to buy or sell items related to the 190 SL are free to non-commercial members. Yearly dues are $35.00 (U.S.A.), $40.00 (Canada), $45.00 (International) in U.S. funds. Multiple-year subscriptions accepted. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express accepted. Forward change of address to the Business Office. The content of this Newsletter is copyrighted by the International 190 SL Group, and it cannot be copied in whole or in part for commercial purposes without the explicit written permission of the President of the International 190 SL Group Taking Note Thoughts, ideas and letters from the President, Tom Hamilton March 1, 2008 President s Letter As I write this letter, it s the middle of winter, February 1, 2008, hump day. Your club has scheduled a phone board meeting for February 3 in order to review all past, current, and future ideas, projects, and club issues. Your board is very active, and new projects keep being offered and accepted. What is even more exciting is that the club s treasury is strong (approximately $70,000 and growing). The club book, Volume I-second printing, has just been sent to the printers, Volume II of the club book is selling well, and Volume III is progressing nicely. The club store continues to amaze all of us, doing between $2,500 and $4,000 in sales each month, providing the revenue stream required to keep the club financially sound. Speaking of the Board meetings, if any of you wants to become more involved in your club, we are always looking for new officers and volunteers. Just give me a call, and we can discuss. The same is true on any issues you may want to have discussed at our Board meetings. We are always looking for new club ideas, and we would be pleased to place your suggestions on the next Board agenda. Bill Johnson, our Treasurer, is looking into transforming the club s accounting practices to assure all of us that this success will continue, by having the proper records to ensure proper fiscal accountability long into the future. This effort will result in the Club s first policy book. Even more exciting is the continued development of the club s social and technical activities. By the time you read this, WinterTech 2008 will have taken place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and what an intense experience it is turning out to be. John Lewenauer, who has organized the weekend, and Black Forest, the restoration shop that is hosting the event, have turned themselves inside out to assure that they provide the kind of hands-on educational event that most car clubs can only dream of. They have lit the fires to assure that all are warmly received and have planned for meals surrounded with warm hospitality to encourage the continued exchange of ideas. If you are involved in any way in the restoration or maintenance/upkeep of you car, you should have been there. As I write this letter, there will be 41 members from all over North America attending the event. Thank you, John and Michael McKinney, owner of Black Forest, for all that you have done to put together and to pull off WinterTech The growing domestic and international membership in the 190 SL Group has now passed 750 members, with growth and excitement continuing to build. Our first event outside of North America is now set. The May 2008 European tour is scheduled to begin in the Italian Alps at the Hotel Regina Palace, Stresa, Italy, on Lago Maggiore. Those of us planning to be there will have more than three days to play with the Italian, French, and German 190 SL Club members, driving, socializing, dining, and just drinking in the beautiful countryside in and around the lakes region of Northern Italy. There are currently 10 teams from the 190 SL Group signed on to come to Stresa (2 from the UK, 1 from Belgium, 1 from Germany, 2 from Canada and 4 from the USA). The most difficult problem to solve in organizing the tour has been the import/export of our cars from the East Coast to Germany. I have contacted, cajoled, harassed, yelled at, and ultimately failed to solve this problem in an efficient and economical way. It seems that the European Union has changed the rules that apply to tourists bringing cars into Europe for club events. The strength of the Euro has resulted in a flood of cars being imported by Europeans but not declared by them because of the VAT (value added tax) of 29% on value of cars being imported. This has resulted in a new rule that all tourists with cars have to purchase a Carnet and bond at a cost of $1,500 to $3,000 per car (depending on value) that is not refundable. I have invested some 300 man hours and over 2½ months' time trying to find an acceptable way to get our cars into Europe. The actual cost to ship two cars in a 40 container to Europe and back is between $4,000 and $4,500 per car. That is not too expensive when you balance the cost of shipping against the cost of renting a car in Europe for three weeks. This is a disappointing outcome to an extended effort, but it offers a new opportunity as well. My next idea is to find as many cars coming to the convention with an empty seat or seats that are available among cars already in Europe. We ll have to see how it plays out. The first truly International 190 SL Convention will be followed by a two-day drive through the Swiss Alps and the Black Forest region in Southern Germany to Stuttgart, the home of Mercedes- Benz. Ambrose Kluyskens, M-B, and I have been hard at work to put together a selection of tours and events that represent the best of Mercedes-Benz (the cars, the manufacturing, the museums, the food, and the historic areas around Stuttgart). We ll be staying in a central hotel and taking daily trips to a number of behind-the-scenes events not open to the general public, areas with things Mercedes-Benz AMG, the new museum, the Classic Center, etc. After Stuttgart, we will drive north to visit a large automotive museum and research center before continuing north and east into Poland to join the Mercedes Classic Car Club of Poland in the Lakes Region of Northeast Poland. The Polish Club will be our host for their Star Drive Poland 2008 from May 22 to 25 in the city of Ryn. I will again be looking to find seats for our members in other antique cars participating in the Star Drive. At the end of Star Drive Poland, we will go our separate ways and, eventually back home. The next event that Bruce Adams and I have signed up to attend is another new event being planned by one of our members in Australia in the first three weeks of September. Art Love is also a member of the M-100 Club based in Pennsylvania and volunteered to organize the tour using cars owned by club members in Australia who will chauffer the international participants for the tour. The event is scheduled to begin in Sidney, where most of the international people will spend a few days to get adjusted to the time change before boarding a train (the Indian Pacific Motor Rail) for an overnight trip to Adelaide, South Australia, with many of the cars being shipped on the train. Once in Adelaide, the tour really begins in the city and the surrounding hills, following many of the roads used in the Classic Adelaide Rally each November. After Adelaide, the tour drives south and east to the Great Ocean Road (better than Route 1 in California) and Melbourne for more city sights before driving up the east coast for the next seven days to Sidney. The tour is scheduled to take us through some wonderful Australian areas, such as Mclaren Vale, Victor Harbour, Tailum Bend, Mt. Gambier, Warnammbool, Great Ocean Road, Geelong, Ferntree Gully, Eildon, Echuca, Albury, Bathurst, and Sidney. They are also planning an extended tour continuing north from Sidney to Hunter Valley, the New England Tableland, the Gold 3910 Taking Note Thoughts, ideas, and letters from the President, Tom Hamilton Coast, and O Reilly s on the Lamington Plateau before ending it all in Brisbane, Art Love s hometown. Bruce and I have always wanted to be chauffeured, and this looks like the only opportunity we may ever have. The Australian tour allows just enough time for me to fly back to the US to attend the next club event, our National Convention in Laguna Beach, California, September 24 to 28. Here again, our hosts Bill and Linda Ainsworth, with Jack English, have planned another spectacular convention. The Laguna Beach area is Southern California at its best. The host hotel, Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course, is located in a secluded valley away from the hustle and bustle of LA but close enough to make it easy to get there from here. Bill has planned for great drives, wonderful museums, a California Beach Party, and most important of all, a beautifully secluded area for the concours and awards banquet. This is another of many not-to-be-missed 190 SL National conventions. Remember, it s a 190 SL kind of day, so enjoy it. Tom Hamilton The 2008 International 190 SL Group Convention Laguna Beach, California September Facts About WinterTech '08 Milwaukee, WI 2 nd Annual WinterTech, February 8-10 Host: John Lewenauer Host Shop: Black Forest, LLC Owner Michael McKinney Professional Staff: Randy Koehler Keith Powers Becky Limberg Nick Olson Matt Scheel Sponsors: Black Forest LLC Cherry Classic Cars 190 SL Services LLC PK Engineering LLC B. L. Adams, LLC Guest Speaker: Lothar Altman, 50-year member of MBCA Attendees: 46 members from 21states and Canada The widest selection of Mercedes-Benz services offered under one roof maintenance repair restoration parts professional tools We perform most operations in-house no cost & wasted time associated with outsourcing We use proven processes resulting in efficiency and consistency We stand behind our work no excuses, strong after-sale support w w w. b l a c k f o r e s t l l c. c o m 3911 190 SL CLUB STORE ClubStore New! New! The Club Book-Volume II Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Restoration and Ownership Volume II is a continuation of the Club s book Restoration and Ownership book. This volume includes additional technical topics and ownership stories. It continues to focus on the hows and not the whys and in providing solutions rather than descriptions of the problem. Our objective has been to compile solutions to those restoration and drivability problems that only experience can solve. Edited by Bruce Adams, hard bound with 164 color pages (400 images). The book is available to Members for $65. non-club members $75. Spin-On Oil Filter Adapter The Group has designed and manufactured a Spin-On Oil Filter Adapter for all 190 SL engines. It will adapt both the wire screen and paper filter style housings to accept a modern spin-on filter. The adapter is anodized billet turned aluminum with rubber internal and external seals. A 1 1 /8 inch deep well socket is required for installation. Spin-on Oil Filter Adapter - $90. 25mm Sway Bar Kit This upgraded sway bar, resists leaning of the car during cornering and is 50% stiffer than the original 22mm bar. The bar comes complete with hard 25mm Sway Bar poly frame bushings, new poly links and has a black powder coat finish. Installing the bar is a straightforward, two-hour, do-it-yourself job. Available only to US members for $250. which includes UPS ground shipping. 190SL Cockpit Cover This cover is made from tan Sunbrella fabric and is secured to the car with Velcro straps around the door handles and windshield wiper shafts along with small plastic tabs that are inserted between the front fenders and the front doors with larger tabs that slide under the convertible top boot, between the snaps. Snaps can be installed to the rear of the cover if desired. The cover is priced at $225., which includes domestic shipping. Chrome License Plate Frame This beautiful license frame is solid cast brass with heavy chrome plating. The Group s star logo and name are laser etched on the surface. The frame comes in two styles, solid bottom and notched bottom (required by OR, GA, CO, WI, OH, and others). The License Plate Frame is priced at $35. Club Logo Items Short-Sleeve Blue Denim Shirt $30. Men s sizes M, L, XL Women's sizes S, M, L Long-Sleeve Blue Denim Shirt $30. Men s sizes M, L, XL Women s sizes S, M, L Khaki Light Jacket $55. Sizes M, L, XL Blue Name Tag with magnet clasp.. $15. Khaki Cap $ SL Group T-Shirt -This shirt features a vintage 190 SL color image used in early MB advertising, along with The International 190 SL Group, 190 SLG logo & A large graphic appears on the back of the shirt with a smaller version on the front, upper left. T-shirt is a white short sleeve, 100% cotton, Haynes Beefy-T. T-shirt available for $20. Sizes M, L, XL & XXL ($23. XXL) includes domestic shipping. Club Videos 1. Detailing to Concours: A wonderful 70 minute video of Bruce Adams showing the restoration details of Michael Herrmann s Best of Show 190SL. DVD $ The Early Years of the 190SL & 300SL: This DVD preserves an hour and 45 minute presentation by Guenther Baeuerle chronicling his work with Max Hoffman in 1954 and his other experiences with the 190SL and 300SL automobiles. DVD $ Evaluating a 190SL for Purchase: A video discussing items to inspect when evaluating a 190SL of possible purchase. DVD $ SL Brakes: A video covering all aspects of the 190SL Brake system. DVD $ SL Tune-Up: A video covering all aspects of a 190SL tune-up. DVD $ SL for Vintage Racing: A 40-minute video by Bruce Adams showing the details of his 190SLR vintage racecar. DVD $ SL Lubrication & Maintenance: A video illustrating the recommended scheduled maintenance jobs. DVD $ Solex & Weber Carburetors: A detailed video of Solex and Weber DCOE carburetor function, rebuilding and tuning. DVD $25. Video Technical Set 1 - Rebuild DVD s Three DVD s were produced by the club: 1. Engine Rebuild, 2. Installing Leather Dashboard Cover, and 3. Solex Carburetor Rebuild. These DVDs provide an excellent visual walk-through of these major tasks, with many subtle tips from a veteran Mercedes mechanic. DVDs are available for $75. per set. Video Technical Set 2 - Videos 1-8, sold as a set. DVDs are available for $100. Video Technical Set 3 - Videos 7 and 8 sold as a set. DVDs are available for $ SL Group Newsletters CD Contains 18 years of Club Newsletters, with an alphabetical index of all technical entries. The CD also contains many owner stories, glimpses of the Club in earlier times, and technical information on every aspect of the 190SL. The CD is available only to Club Members at a cost of $75. ($110. for non-club members, which includes one year of Club Membership). Printed Newsletter Back Issues: $35. per year, $6. per issue. 190SL Group Technical Manual A must-have reference which includes maintenance, repair, restoration, and factory information compiled from Newsletters, other publications, and direct member contributions. This manual complements other shop manuals. The Tech Manual is available only to Club Members at a cost of $75. ($110 for non-club members, which includes one year of Club Membership). Mercedes-Benz SL Prints by Don Drabik (18 x24 ) A. 190SL Print Signed and numbered color lithograph of the Mercedes-Benz 190 SL. Prints have small wrinkles or crush damage in the top border, the print and signature areas are perfect. Prints are available for $125. A. B. C. B. The Proud Heritage Print This poster shows the classic Mercedes-Benz SL roadster models; 300SL, 190 SL, 280SL (113) & 560SL (107). Prints are available for $30. C. 113 SL Print A signed and numbered art print of the Mercedes-Benz SL. Printed on high quality acid free paper. Prints are available for $55. Grill Badge This grill badge was designed by club member Don Drabik for the 190 SL Group to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Mercedes-Benz 190 SL at the New York Auto Show in Polished metal with a 3-color fired enamel coating. The badge is available for $30. Make all checks payable to: 190SL Group, Inc. Domestic shipping and handling included. Mail orders to: 190SL Office 258 East Paul Revere Drive Chesterton, IN To view additional information or purchase the above items, visit our On-line store at: 3912 The Members MailBag Open letters, faxes, s & more from 190 SL Group members. Editor s is: Comment I recently had a problem with my SL that others may want to know about. I bought the car in 1959, and it has never broken down or given me a problem in some 48 years...until this summer. The car has been maintained with TLC, and we won 2nd place in the 1993 Annual Convention. The problem was a complete surprise to everyone, including my trustworthy mechanic. Here is what happened. My wife and I were out for a drive and weekend lunch in our 190 that took us about 30 miles from home. On the way home, our 190 lost most of its power and would not go over 30 MPH while running very roughly. We limped home and barely made it to our mechanic s garage. After a series of tests, it was determined that the float in one of the Solex carburetors had come loose and was flooding two cylinders. The car made it back on the remaining two cylinders. I called Will Samples at S&S Imports, who had rebuilt the carburetors some 14 years ago, and he said that this was becoming a problem in 190s. The supports that hold a pin securing the float in the top of the carburetor came loose, and the float ceased to do its job. Will recommended peening the supports once back in place to secure them. For all Solex owners, I recommend that you have your mechanic peen your carburetor supports before they fall out and you repeat our somewhat frightening experience. down and admitted that he d been having an affair for the past six months. I told him to stop or I would leave him. He was let go from his job six months ago, and he says he has been feeling increasingly depressed and worthless. I love him very much, but ever since I gave him the ultimatum, he has become increasingly distan
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