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Date registered: Apr 2006
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71 250c Smells of Gas..?!?!?
I am new here. I have recently made the leap into the Mercedes owning world buy purchasing a 1971 250c for my second car. (Actually it was badged a 280c, shows you how much I knew and know). But I got a good deal on it.
Let me get to the point of this post, since I am sure that it will not be my last.
I have had the car worked on, belts changes, new hoses for the engine, new vapor hoses by the fuel tank (because they deteriorated after a few weeks of driving). I had the transmission flushed.... and the radiator "cored". I think that is about it.
The car is driving okay... it has a little bit of an issue with one of the Carbs which I hope to have addressed this week. I am also going to have the engine tuned a bit better...she is burning quite rich. The combination of the two issues makes it so I have to warm the car up for about 5 min before she settles in to driving mode. But with that, she smokes a little.
But one thing that has been going on, and it is a bit of a concern, is that she always seems to smell of gas. She was leaking gas at one point... This is how I figured out that the Vapor hoses were bad. But even after that was fixed, if you walk near the rea of the car, you will get big wafts of gasoline, and if you open the trunk... it is quite powerful. Now I read a post from another forum (found by searching google) that another person was having very similar issues and that someone mentioned about some sort of vapor return for that gas tank that goes into the trunk..???? Does that make sense? Obviously I am learning as I go, and trying to figure out as much as I can to One, fix this car as much as I can myself (a little hobby) and Two, become just more knowledgeable since I plan to buy more Vintage Merc's in the future.
Any help you all can provide would be incredible. Since I am flying blind here. I search as much as I can for similar issues, but I figured a post would help too.
Thank you all for your help.