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Old 12-19-2002, 07:28 PM
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Valve Clearance Specs on 1973 350SE?

I am looking for the specifications for Valve clearance, Engine timing and Points gap for my 1973 350SE. If any of you can help me with this it would be greatly appreciated. I am waiting for my manual to arrive but already have the valve covers off and I am eager to resume work on the beast.
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Old 12-19-2002, 08:47 PM
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Dwell angle: 30 degrees (no gap specs, set with meter)

Timing: 5 ATDC with vac (7 BTDC with no vac)

Valve clearance: 0.08 mm intake, 0.20mm exhaust. You MUST have the special crow-foot wrench for this, a standard one will probably only spread. Note that these are mm, not inches!

Clearance adjustment is a pure pain. Due to the design of the cam followers, you MUST rotate the engine after adjustements and re-check to insure that you didn't just bind the follower on the ball pin.

Good luck!

1972 220D ?? miles
1988 300E 200,012
1987 300D Turbo killed 9/25/07, 275,000 miles
1985 Volvo 740 GLE Turobodiesel 218,000
1972 280 SE 4.5 165, 000 - It runs!
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