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Solex to Weber Carb Conversion, where to buy???!

Hey all!

I am having a lot of trouble sourcing the Solex 4A1 to Weber 38DGES conversion kit for my 1973 280 sedan (W114). I want the reliability of the Weber and I am tired of stalling every few weeks with the Solex.

I have tried Red Line Weber and they no longer carry the carbs. Is there anothr good source for these kits??? Any assistance would be great!

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RE: Solex to Weber Carb Conversion, where to buy???!

Thgere used to be guy in the US who was making a holley conversion kit for the 114 .Using the small spead bore holley.
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top the top. could really use help here.

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RE: Solex to Weber Carb Conversion, where to buy???!

Ok it's information that is 12 years old,but here goes,Will Samples of 4624 E.Grand Ave, Dallas Texas,75223
phone 214 826 5977-- was selling conversion kits for solex to holley,weber and mikunis.
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RE: Solex to Weber Carb Conversion, where to buy???!

thanks. i'll give it a shot. the question is, does he sell the carburetors? i can get the kits from Red Line, but they don't carry the carbs any more.

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RE: Solex to Weber Carb Conversion, where to buy???!

i had a 74 280C with the solex 4A1 carbs. was my daily driver even in the winter. never had any problems.

what sort of problems are you having?

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RE: Solex to Weber Carb Conversion, where to buy???!

I'll answer both the above,the carbs and kits were supplied together.In the US there must be holley dealers everywhere?.
The four barrell solex was recognised from the very beginnig to be a lemon,I have one on my 280 also ,which runs good,But my car has only 75,000 miles on it.from 1974!.
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RE: Solex to Weber Carb Conversion, where to buy???!

mine is only 88k miles.

the problem with the carb has been posted here before.

the problem is with the brass float needle guide/sleeve that keeps the float needle in line with the fuel entry point. the guide is pressure fit and not mechanically attached to the carb housing. after a few heat/cool cycles, the guide moves up and out of place, keeping the float needle from allowing fuel into the float chamber.

i've taken the sucker apart about a dozen times in the last year, and i have come to this diagnosis. i push the guide back into the right spot, reassemble the carb and i'm off and running.

does anyone know of a mechanical fix for this problem? and is there a link for a Holley carb kit? i was only aware of the Weber.




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RE: Solex to Weber Carb Conversion, where to buy???!

I was reading on another forum you can just grind the plenium flat and mount on something like an Edelbrock 4BBl (the better carb IMO), or a Holley right on there.
ie. any suitably equipped machining shop should be able to modify your existing manifold to take the Holley (Edelbrocks have the same stud pattern AFAIK).
Just rip it off the car, hand it to 'em with the new carb and say something like, "I want this, put on there."

So it's just a matter of setting up some linkages. Easy, I go cable every time myself. I don't much like your chances finding an adapter plate between solex-holley. And I wouldn't even bother.

Besides, if you're going to go to that much trouble, why not think about setting up an aftermarket throttlebody injection setup instead?

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RE: Solex to Weber Carb Conversion, where to buy???!

maybe you could prick punch the housing in a few spots around the sleeve to tighten it up.
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