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1971 Mercedes 280SE

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Running from a Mystery

Classic Velocity


the full saga associated with this is its own story which will make the main blog. Suffice it to say that getting the machine back to running condition involved parts, frustration, trial and error, trailering to a shop, working on it at that shop, and a mystery ending. I am working on the the end of the day, the car is now running well with the Pertronix back in place. I took it for a 20 minute drive today and all seems well. I can now resume the original list of tasks.

Not Running, Not Driving

Classic Velocity

After a nice drive on a sunny but cold day, the car suddenly stopped while travelling about 30MPH a quarter of a mile from the garage. There was no sputtering, no poor running, it just quit. It would crank, but not fire. Fortunately, I was walking distance from the garage, and came back to the car a little while later. Same thing, crank, but no fire. All spark plug wires were attached, looked like fuel was getting to the plugs, so no spark was the apparent reason. I towed it back, making this the shortest tow in the history of towing, but this car is heavy, and I needed to go uphill. I got a condenser and points, and I may go with electronic ignition, but first I want to find the culprit. Coil and the CDI are on the list of suspects..... 

Running and Driving

Classic Velocity

The car is now running, and a million small things have been sorted out. Turn signals, horn, a little brake shudder, fluid changes, etc. More importantly, the car has been driven around a bit in order to build some confidence. It feels a bit high strung at highway speeds since it has no overdrive, but I was reminded by a forum member that these cars were intended to live high in the rev band at speed. It just seems counter-intuitive to have a big luxury car sound anything other than relaxed. I will need to get used to it....


Ending Hibernation

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Well, it has been a long hibernation for the big Benz. The storage deal came to an end, and it had to make its way to the garage. That means it needed to get in good running condition. The Stabil in the gas did its job well, but it needed fluid changes and plugs, cap, and rotor. A little work to re-gap the points, and a battery charge, and it fired to life. Now it is on to the many small things needed....some work on the wood in the dash, the turn signal assembly, guage cluster lights, etc, etc, etc

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Running, not running, running

Classic Velocity

Well the running was intermittent, and the car would suddenly fail to start or die running. A little detective work quickly identified the fuel pump as the culprit. The fuel pump on this car is massive, and rides in its own carrier next to the tank in the rear. It is also not cheap ! However, a new pump instantly cures the issues.