Suzy Love ❤️ is running nicely and conquers 3+1 Greek islands👌🏁

Part III. Since I became the next keeper of this lovely 1960 Mercedes-Benz R121.020 |190SL [a.k.a. Suzy Love ❤️], during November of 2018, I have gradually embarked on a multi step restoration process. For my Car Guys & Gals friends 👫 I post here the stories as they unfold in her current timeline. For the introductory post of this historic vehicle click here: https://byronriginos.com/2018/12/06/my-dancing-with-the-best-or-nothing , plus for the follow up post on the restoration project click here: https://byronriginos.com/2019/06/30/the-restoration-project-of-suzy-love/

The #190SL is ready to depart the workshop of #MercedesBenzClassic of Papapanagiotou Bros.

So from here on, we commence the story of Part III.

The Wolf Intake Whistle, has been acquired from the Hellenic Motor Museum, and wanted to install it in the 1290SL since many months!

After several telephone calls with my chief mechanic Nikos, to ensure that the car would be ready, being already in Kea island at our summer home, I asked my pal Spilios to accompany me in the early ferry to Lavrion and then via taxi to Athens to pick up the R121, on the Thursday of 8th August 2019. We would drive the car back to Lavrion in time to catch the afternoon ferry back to Kea. Well as all good plans get a little sidetracked, upon our early morning arrival [ca. 08:30] at the shop, there were as anticipated a number of details to take care of before declaring the car fit for the road, especially with her planned venture to many islands, I had to be extra careful in my scrutinizing process, among them to ensure the safety of the car and that the new accessory of the vacuum operated Wolf horn was working properly. Time became our enemy that hot Agust morning in Athens, but we managed to push off in the early afternoon. 112

With the top down we had to venture to Kifissia, at our son Dimitris OK Market in view of a longish restocking list issued by my beloved spouse Ivi. The highlight of the photo being the Wow 🤩 expression on the face of the passerby ‼️
Clip departing from the OK Maket!

See also here about Classic Mercedes-Benz cars : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercedes-Benz_Classic_Center

My 2005 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupé 997.1

A profile attempt follows: On May 7, 2004, Porsche announced that the new 911 generation will come in July as a 2005 model and will have two engine variants – the Carrera 3.6 and the Carrera S 3.8. The headlamps were round again, the body more curvaceous and the interior completely new. The Porsche Communication Management (PCM) screen became standard, but the navigation module was an extra. The new Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) was standard on the S version and optional for the base 911. Pressing the “sport” button made the PASM shock absorbers firmer. While the standard wheel size of the 996 Carrera was 17″ (although typically ordered with 18″), the 997 Carrera came with 18″ wheels (front 8″ with 235/40, rear 10″ with 265/40) and the 997 Carrera S with 19″ (front 8″ with 235/35, rear 11″ with 295/30). To improve active safety, the standard Porsche Stability Management (PSM) had two new functions: pre-filling the brake mechanism ensured more spontaneous deceleration when required, and the hydraulic brake power support helped to build up full brake pressure in emergencies.

2007 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe 6-Speed
The 911 Carrera Coupé model 997.1 of 2007.

The exterior is finished in Black Metallic and features a speed-activated rear spoiler, bi-xenon headlights, #288 Headlamp washers , #271 Driver side mirror aspherical, #071 EU country version, #098 Left-hand drive version and #402 18″ Carrera wheels.

2007 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe 6-Speed

The optional 18” Carrera wheels look great, with the Brembo brake calipers nicely visible and easier to clean through the large spoke openings. Also the extra wheel centers are fitted.

2007 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe 6-Speed
Wheel centers:
A Set of wheel centre caps with full- colour Porsche Crest are optionally fitted. The perfect finishing touch for the wheels of the 911!

About the 18-inch Carrera IV wheels if fitted with winter tires.
This five-spoke 18-inch Carrera IV wheel will charm you instantly, just like your Porsche. These wheels impress with their functional design and sporting elegance. With winter tyres they provide better traction in colder temperatures.

2007 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe 6-Speed
The Driver’s office! Features options #249 Tiptronic transmission, 5-speed, #432 Tiptronic buttons for steering wheel, #436 Grained leather steering wheel with triangular center design, #440 Windscreen antenna, #465 Rear fog-lamp, left, #476 PSM Porsche Stability Management, #490 Sound system A.S.K.,
#534 Alarm 433 MHz, #555 Black seat belts, #568 Windscreen without top-tint, #571 Activated charcoal filter, #573 Automatic air conditioning, #335 Rear seat belts, #369 2-way electrical basic seat, left and #370 2-way electrical basic seat, right.
2007 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe 6-Speed
The interior is trimmed in Beige leather with a matching dashboard, carpets, and door panels. Equipment includes the Power Seat Package as well as a Dynacom stereo head unit with navigation, Bluetooth, and a backup sensor with a beeper coming alive upon engaging reverse.

The three-spoke sport steering wheel frames a central 8k-rpm tachometer, a 200-mph speedometer, and gauges for coolant temperature, fuel level, oil pressure, and oil temperature. The digital odometer has only 45k miles.

2007 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe 6-Speed
The engine was serviced in June 2020.

The 3.6-liter flat-six features VarioCam Plus variable valve timing and was rated for 325 horsepower from the factory. Power is routed to the rear wheels through a five-speed automatic (Tiptronic) transaxle.

Watch this short video about The 997 series as presented by Porsche

Από την Κική και την Κοκό ποιά να διαλέξω;

Η Κοκό [aka 1997 Mercedes-Benz E200CA Cabriolet Typ. W124.0] και η Κικίτσα [aka 2007 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupé Typ. 997.1]

The saga of an Earth-angel crossing my life at the height of the #COVID19

As recited by Byron66 😉👌🏁🇬🇷

Η ιστορία που θα σας πω είναι 100% αυθεντική! Στο εύλογο ερώτημα αν υπάρχουν Άγγελοι επι της Γης, ειδικότερα την εποχή του #COVID19 & την πρόσφατη απώλεια του Racing Legend Sir Sterling Moss, OBE, η απάντηση μου είναι : ΝΑΙ ❗️✅

Όμως ας πάρουμε τα πράγματα από την αρχή όπου εμπλέκονται 4 φίλοι, με χρονολογική σειρα:

  • Ο Σπήλιος με ένα τηλεφώνημα και σύσταση του…
  • Ο Αλέξανδρος (aka ο γιατρός των Jaguars)
  • Ο Αλέκος, εκλεκτός φίλος και βαθυστόχαστος συλλέκτης Ιστορικών Οχημάτων-Ι.Ο.
  • Ο Ηλίας, στο σπάνιο ρόλο του Earth-Angel 🙏😇

Ένα απόγευμα στα μέσα του Μαρτίου 2020 που βρίσκομαι στον αγαπημένο μου χώρο του Γκαράζ μου [aka www.3cg.gr ] χτυπά το κινητό μου. Βλέπω από την αναγνώριση κλήσης το όνομα του Αλεξάνδρου, με τον οποίο έχω να μιλήσω τουλάχιστον 2-3 χρόνια.

«Έλα βρε Αλέξανδρε, τι κάνεις, χρόνια και ζαμάνια έχουμε να τα πούμε!»

Εντυπωσιάζεται από την προσφώνηση μου 😉 οπότε του λέω με δόση χιούμορ «Εμ τι νόμισες ότι δεν σε εχω εμφακελομένο😜»

Το πρώτο τηλεφώνημα τρεις βδομάδες πριν
από τον Γιατρό των Jaguars 📲

Κάπως έτσι ξεκινά η επανασυγκολληση μας. Μου αναφέρει περί Σπήλιου, που με συνέστησε σαν τον «Μερσεντεσάκια» της παρέας, από τον οποίο έλαβε το κινητό μου σχετικά με μια ιστορική Mercedes-Benz W111 Coupé, με πρόσθετη αναφορά ότι ανήκε στον Βασιλέα Παύλο 🤫..

Κανονίζω να περάσω αργότερα από το σπίτι/έκθεση/Garage του στην Κηφισιά, οδηγώντας την δικιά μας Mercedes W116 350 SE 👌. Μου δείχνει την W111, σε fair project κατάσταση, αναφέροντας του ότι τα γνωρίζω καλά τα μοντέλα αυτά εφόσον πριν 7 χρόνια είχα προβεί σε ένα ground-up restoration project για την Πριγκίπισσα Μιχαέλα [όλη η ιστορία του ιδιαίτερου Ι.Ο. Εδώ] : https://byronriginos.com/category/byrons-cars/m-b-250se-coupe/

Η υπέροχη Mercedes-Benz 250SE Coupé W111.024 που ανήκε στον Πρίγκιπα Μιχάηλ [aka Michele de Gréce]

Κατά την επίσκεψη του Γιατρού των Jaguar βλέπει το Simca 8 Sport του 1950 και το ερωτεύεται αμέσως. Η υπόλοιπη κουβέντα μας περιστρέφεται γύρω από ένα άγονο negotiation για την πιθανή ανταλλαγή του Simca μου με την Mercedes W111 του Βασιλέα Παύλου.

Το Simca 8 Sport Coupé του 1950, υπήρξε ο καταλύτης της ιστορίας μας 👌

Εδώ καλό θα είναι να αναφέρω την ιστορία μας με τον Αλέξανδρο. Ξεκινά πριν τα 30 χρόνια. Την εποχή εκείνη οι τρεις καλοί φίλοι, ο Θανάσης, ο Σπήλιος και εγώ αγοράσαμε δια του 3 την Jaguar Mk VII του 1950. Την απέκτησα κατά 100% 20 χρόνια πριν ενώ την έχω ακόμα, αν και χρειάζεται κάποιες μικρές βελτιώσεις…

Continue reading “Από την Κική και την Κοκό ποιά να διαλέξω;”

The restoration project of “Suzy Love ❤️”

Since I became the next keeper of this 1960 Mercedes-Benz R121.020 |190SL [a.k.a. Suzy Love ❤️], during November of 2018, I have gradually embarked on a multi step restoration process. For my Car Guys & Gals friends 👫 I post here the story as it unfolds in her timeline. For the introductory post of this historic vehicle click here: https://byronriginos.com/2018/12/06/my-dancing-with-the-best-or-nothing

I. Selecting the right partner for the mechanical jobs at hand

As an appetizer enjoy this short video 👏👌😍

Most of the suspension and engine mount rubbers needed replacement 😮

There was a positive talk within our www.3cg.gr ecosystem about the PAPAPANAGIOTOU Brothers, as being the good experts in all things Mercedes-Benz and classics in particular. Hence a visit to their establishment in Neos Kosmos was appropriate. Below some photos of our early encounters and getting to know each other (i.e. master mechanic and older brother Nikos, plus Vagias and Costas).

My SL during an early visit to PAPAPANAGIOTOU Brothers workshop
Another visiting time
Master mechanic Nikos PAPAPANAGIOTOU @work ✅🏁

II. Getting the jobs done

After a thorough inspection of the car, a list of spare parts was made. Flash back: Since my other “ground up” restoration project several years back, involving a 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250 SE Coupè [W111.020] , I had established a good relationship with one of Germany’s well known Mercedes spare parts supplier, the firm Niemöller . Hence sourcing spares for the R121.020 was not like rediscovering a wheel. To make a long story short, up to this writing ✍️, four Purchase Orders have been placed approximately for €4,500, not to mention about another €1,000 invested for spares and services from the local Greek market. Lest I forget, the €83 for the RetroSound accessories.

The bulk of these orders arrived just before Easter time while the pressure was on to have the car ready for our longtime planned adventure trip to Toscana, Italy 🇮🇹 commencing on 3rd May. More here: https://3cg.gr/2019/03/06/toscana-drive- may-2019/

One task which required immediate attention were the twin Solex carbs. Nikos required some fast & dirty solution, whereupon I asked an old friend and well known carb specialist to step in. John Palmos-The Motorman delivered the reconditioned carbs in a short notice and oversaw their refitting and final tuning 👏👌👍😎😍

The twin PHH Solex carbs before work is done ✅
The twin PHH Solex carbs before work is done ✅

The finished Solex’s refitted 👌😎

The twin PHH Solex carbs before work is done ✅
The finished Solex’s refitted 👌😎

After some negotiating with Nikos, we agreed that the car would be safe and reliable for the trip to Italy (added ca. 2,300 kilometers on the odometer, without a mechanical glitch), and upon my return the jobs would continue. Fast forward to today, the car is back in the shop for completion of the various jobs, which briefly include:

  • Front end, removal, reconditioning and fitting all new parts required
  • Rear end, removal, reconditioning and fitting all new parts required
  • Transmission, removal, reconditioning and fitting all new parts required
  • Propeller shaft, removal, reconditioning and fitting all new parts required
  • Differential, removal, reconditioning and fitting all new parts required
  • Realignment of the front end and checking the camber of the rear wheels
  • Fitting of the new & fun intake Wolf horn
The Wolf 🐺 whistle works on the vacuum that the engine creates. It’s a fun automotive accessory which I have installed in my 1931 Ford Model A 👍😉👌
  • Fitting of the new windshield rubber seals
  • Fitting of the new spark plug lead wires
  • Removing the corroded front cross tube and fitting a new part (see picture below).
  • Plus a number of other details…
    The front cross member (tube), a critical part which required a replacement.

    The corroded front cross member; one of the few nasty surprises of my 190SL ❗️

III. Some additional photos

All fittings are reconditioned and electrostatic-ally painted goldfish-yellow
A new set of Bilstein shock absorbers await their installation
Ready for refitting of the main front suspension member

The corroded front cross member tube 😢

The central anchoring point of the crossmember tube