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Running out of gas deadly

My old 1973 280c ran out of gas a few years ago, and after that it began to have trouble starting. I think the carburator and the fuel gauge were messed up somehow. Well, this deterred me from driving the benz over my perfectly working 91 volvo, and I let the 280 sit for long enough for the battery to run out. I haven't looked at it for about two years after the battery ran out, but I'd like to start driving it again.

What could have caused the problems after the gas ran out, and now that it has sat, what do I have to look out for in getting it back on the road?
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Welcome to BenzWorld! Carbs have always been a nightmare on those old 280s. If that's the source of your woes, the only good way out is gonna cost you...

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The only connection that makes sense is sediment from the tank settled in the float bowl.
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Can't say I've ever had that problem, but I drive a '73 280 sedan, not a coupe. I've run out of gas several times (unfortunately, with a carburated system, you can't ever quite tell just how much you have left when that empty light comes on) and I've had no problems starting Victoria up, besides the ones that came with the car. The starter's old, as is the coil, and all the wiring.

However, I don't understand how running out of gas would prevent the car from starting or cause you serious, long term problems. Granted, when Victoria ran out of gas I had to pump quite a bit of gas into the engine to get her started, but once that was done, she ran just fine.
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