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1971 280S information wanted

Greetings. I am new to the world of Mercedes Benz. I just aquired a 1971 280S for my niece and we are going to fix it up. I would like to know about the dual carburetor setup. Do they need to be synchronized or something? She drove it home this morning. We knew it ran rough. It wants to stall instead of idle. It also shifts pretty hard. What brand of carburetor are they? Any information about the automatic transmission? I know the car is a W108 by the vin.
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There's lots to read here and the other DIY-friendly benz groups.

The car has dual zenith carbs. Yes, they need to be balanced. Before touching them, make sure the ignition system is working correctly and properly timed. Also the gas in the take should be fresh and plentiful (over half a tank) before doing any serious carb adjustments.

You can get the CD service manual for about 30$ by calling 1-800-for-merc. You can also visit my friend Jamie's website www dot jaimekop dot com to see the carb rebuild details (just don't actually do any of them yet).

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