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Old 03-11-2000, 11:25 PM
Sean Thom
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I recently bought this nice 75' 280 and it doesn't want to go above 60 mph and it takes a really long time to get there!! I changed the plugs and wires (it already had a new cap and roter) but it still runs rough. It feels like it wants to go but doesn't. I'm thinking the timing is retarded or I have the wrong firing order. I hope it isn't anything more serious. Any sugestions?!
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Old 03-12-2000, 07:42 AM
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You should definitely be sure about your timing and firing order.

The 75 would have had a catalytic convertor built into the exhaust manifold. If the car has had a running problem for long I wouldn't be surprised to see the cat plugged. There may have been a test port to read engine mixture ahead of the cat on that model. If so hook a pressure gauge on a long piece of MB hard vacuum line and drive the car watching the pressure. Two to three pounds of backpressure should be tops at cruise or 60mph. Doing this for any length of time can melt the hose.

Another method of checking cat backpressure would be with a vacuum gauge.

The vacuum should be higher at a 2000rpm idle than at normal idle. It the pressure is less at a stable 2000rpm then suspect the cat.

Another problem the Solex 4A1 carb had was the secondary air valve spring tention. I doubt this would be the problem at sixty, but, anytime you enter the secondaries (the back two barrels of the 4 barrel carb) this problem can put you right on your face.

To check, stop motor and depress what looks like a choke on the rear barrels with a finger. This is the secondary air valve. It should be free moving and spring loaded closed. This can't be checked running as the metal diaphram at drivers side rear of carb will hold the plate closed with manifold vacuum.

Steve Brotherton
Owner 24 bay BSC
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26 years MB technician
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Old 03-12-2000, 10:22 PM
Sean Thom
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That choke you described sticks closed, not too bad but it does stick. I have been looking around for a used or rebuilt carb but it is Sunday. What would that run me? Also got quite a bit of blue and black smoke out the exaust, cat converter?? And one last thing (probably not the hardest question) should the #'s on dist cap line up with #'s on the block(cam?)?? i.e.153624 and cap153624 is this my firing order?
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