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Post New owner of 72 280SEL 4.5

Just joined the forum but have been using the resources here for a while. Purchased a 72 280SEL 4.5 about 4 months ago. Car was stored for what appears to be 15 years. I tend to believe it since the tires were made in 1989 and are dry rotted pretty good but have good tread. Car had experienced an engine fire at some time and had been POORLY taped together, but still ran....sort of.

Have built a new fuel injection harness complete with new connectors, new loom and all splices double heat shrinked. Radiator and transmission cooling hoses, brake lines, vacuum lines, cam oilers and gaskets (oil pan, valve covers, trans). New fluids (oil, brake, trans). Spent a good week freeing up all greese joints and getting them to take greese. Packed bearings.

Put her together this weekend, and she started on first try. Good idle and smooth running until it heated up, then the idle started hunting pretty good. It goes forward and reverse (with hesitation) and shifts 1st to 2nd, but not very crisp. Never got her above 20 since have not replaced tires yet.

Sorry for rambling, but love the car. used to have a 78 450SL prior to kids, now I get to have fun again since they are older. Need to tune her up and then let the body work begin.
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