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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-16-2007, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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need some info plz

help! i have a 2 280se's that i have bought while stationed here in germany. the thing is one i bought from a german the car is a 77. the other from a french guy the car is from france i think it is a 74 but the regristation has two dates on it 74 and 78. this is a 116 body and every time i look for parts for a 74 280se i cant find it i only see the 450se. when i look for parts for a 77 i find parts that go to my 77 but not to the (74)? how do i find out what year the car really is. and how do i find parts for it. the engine blocks are the same but the (74?)uses efi and different intake and feul pump. can anybody point me in the right direction?hope the pics work the black car is the 77 and the blue one is (74)?
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you've got two problems here. First, the month of manufacture is stamped on a plate in the door. Second, the 1974 280se was not imported to the US, so you won't find the parts so easily.

The good news, is that anything not motor related would be identical to a 280S. The bad news, is that for motor parts, contact the mercedes classic center or polish up your ebay skills and look in Australia, the UK and the rest of europe.

The 280E and 280SE cars from 1973 to 1975 were popular and powerful straight 6 motors. The fuel injection system is called "D-jetronic" or just "D-jet". It's very similar to what was under the hood of the 450se in those years, but with a different cylinder arrangement (since you're missing 2). The parts from a 4.5 can not be interchanged.

If you want the service manual for the motor that specifically covers the d-jet system, you need to find the loose-leaf copy of the M110 manual or you need an early edition of the paperback book. Ask any prospective seller on ebay with an M110 manual if it has section 7.4. That's the one you need. That old paperback is thin, like about half an inch thick. Later editions balloned to until they were two 1 inch thick tomes. Mostly because the M110 motor was used for like 16 years in various forms.

PS. Lovely cars btw
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thanks that is some good info. i thought it was a lost cause for a minute there. thanks for the compliment
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First off, beautiful cars, im already jealous. As far as parts, im going to go out on a limb to say that in europe you should be okay. Find someone with a mercedes shop thats been in business a long time and he should be able to help you. Sometimes they even have junk cars laying around that they readily disassemble for parts For big ticket items, youll want to find someone who can rebuild it possibly, hell theres alternator and starter shops that can rebuild anything from a tractor starter to your alternator. dont be discouraged, were all in the same boat here
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