I'm considering buying a 1973 280 - Mercedes-Benz Forum

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-29-2009, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
BenzWorld Junior Member
 
Date registered: Dec 2009
Posts: 14
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
I'm considering buying a 1973 280

Hi all, I'm considering buying a 1973 280 auto with 90K miles on it but only minimal maintenance done on the car. I have yet to look at the vehicle as it will demand traveling to another city. What are things I should look out for? I know the original carbs are an issue (and costly to replace-how much??), and the heater core is a nightmare to work on. Any other problems common to this model? Suspension issues, tranny?

Also the leather on the seats are saggy... and it has two small dents in the rear fenders. Cost for vehicle is $2200.
eortiz is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-29-2009, 04:25 PM
BenzWorld Junior Member
 
Date registered: Nov 2009
Vehicle: 1972 280se 4.5 Silver/Maroon
Location: Ga
Posts: 27
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Mines a 280 se 4.5 if thats what your looking at then should be fuel injected dJetronic. I got mine for less than half that and it is pretty sweet. Had to do a few repairs, but drove it out of the place. Replaced hoses, belts, water pump, alternator, battery and pertronix ignition install. Look for rust inside the front wheel wells and trunk. Would think that price might be a bit high. Post some pics if you can and more details.
marcedesbenz is offline  
post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-29-2009, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
BenzWorld Junior Member
 
Date registered: Dec 2009
Posts: 14
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
I'm considering buying a 1973 280

Quote:
Originally Posted by marcedesbenz View Post
Mines a 280 se 4.5 if thats what your looking at then should be fuel injected dJetronic. I got mine for less than half that and it is pretty sweet. Had to do a few repairs, but drove it out of the place. Replaced hoses, belts, water pump, alternator, battery and pertronix ignition install. Look for rust inside the front wheel wells and trunk. Would think that price might be a bit high. Post some pics if you can and more details.
Here are pics, still waiting on the engine info...
Attached Images
     
eortiz is offline  
post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-29-2009, 06:05 PM
BenzWorld Junior Member
 
Date registered: Nov 2009
Vehicle: 1972 280se 4.5 Silver/Maroon
Location: Ga
Posts: 27
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Looks pretty nice there. Mines a 4 door so thats what I was going by. Someone else will need to chime in because I know the coupes are a lot more desirable and are worth more.
marcedesbenz is offline  
post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-29-2009, 06:38 PM
BenzWorld Elite
 
thebenzbar's Avatar
 
Date registered: Feb 2005
Location: So.Flo.
Posts: 1,463
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Some factory info/specs for that W114 280... ignore the bottom right pic on the 1st page, that's a w108.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	SCAN0374.jpg
Views:	147
Size:	101.6 KB
ID:	281745   Click image for larger version

Name:	SCAN0375.jpg
Views:	126
Size:	64.2 KB
ID:	281746  
thebenzbar is offline  
post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-30-2009, 04:02 AM
BenzWorld Elite
 
Grubeguy's Avatar
 
Date registered: Jan 2006
Vehicle: 73 280SE 4.5, 71 300SEL, 03 BMW Z4, 72 Fiat 850, 80 Triumph TR7, 85 Porsche 911
Location: DC Area
Posts: 2,111
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Quoted: 97 Post(s)
Send a message via MSN to Grubeguy Send a message via Yahoo to Grubeguy
The Solex carbs can be a bear to work on. I had a 114 and replaced the carb with a generic one (I think it was a holly, but don't quote me on that). The kit came with the adapter plate and everything else I needed.

That stated, once the solex is rebuilt, adjusted and set correctly, the car will run like a top. How much a rebuild kit is, or what it might cost to have done professionally ... is beyond my knoelwdge.

Seats are easy to re-stuff. The pads are rubberized horse hair pads. I replaced mine in hours, once I got the seats out of the car.
Grubeguy is offline  
post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-30-2009, 04:07 PM
BenzWorld Junior Member
 
patrick800's Avatar
 
Date registered: Aug 2006
Vehicle: 1973 MB 280C (sold), 1976 MB 300D, 2009 VW CC 4motion
Location: Bathurst, Canada
Posts: 36
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I had the same car in red. Beautiful car but the solex carb gave me problems (stalling, rough idle, hard to start). Replacing it with a weber carb was not a good idea.
patrick800 is offline  
post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-31-2009, 12:07 AM
BenzWorld Elite
 
Grubeguy's Avatar
 
Date registered: Jan 2006
Vehicle: 73 280SE 4.5, 71 300SEL, 03 BMW Z4, 72 Fiat 850, 80 Triumph TR7, 85 Porsche 911
Location: DC Area
Posts: 2,111
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Quoted: 97 Post(s)
Send a message via MSN to Grubeguy Send a message via Yahoo to Grubeguy
Aha!! Thanks for jogging my memory - mine was a Weber too. It was just a generic carb with jets installed to make the car run. Mileage didn't get any better, but it ran better than with the solex carb. In retrospect, I should have just rebuilt the thing and called it a day.
Grubeguy is offline  
post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-01-2010, 02:53 AM Thread Starter
BenzWorld Junior Member
 
Date registered: Dec 2009
Posts: 14
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
Thanks for the info. Grubeguy...when you say that replacing the seat pads took hours-how many?
eortiz is offline  
post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-01-2010, 10:14 AM
BenzWorld Veteran
 
ollo's Avatar
 
Date registered: May 2009
Vehicle: S430 93K; E420 243K; 240D 242K
Location: Near Sublimity, Orygun
Posts: 625
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Quoted: 65 Post(s)
Garage
The 73 280 I had back in the 80's came with a 4 barrel carburetor which had problems, but a rebuild cured it. Since it has been neglected, do a valve adjustment & transmission service right away. You should plan on replacing the timing chain & guides before putting to many more miles on it.
ollo is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Mercedes-Benz Forum > General Mercedes-Benz Forums > Vintage Mercedes-Benz

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Mercedes-Benz Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











  • Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
     
    Thread Tools
    Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
    Email this Page Email this Page
    Display Modes
    Linear Mode Linear Mode



    Similar Threads
    Topic Author Forum Replies Last Post
    1973 280 SE 4.5 lpalos@roadrunner.com Vintage Mercedes-Benz 1 12-05-2008 05:03 PM
    New to Merc's - Looking at buying a 1973 280 - help please ! :) Ryan27 Vintage Mercedes-Benz 5 07-03-2007 09:51 PM
    1973 280 kardar Vintage Mercedes-Benz 5 11-06-2006 08:24 AM
    1973 280 Se 4.5 gtwillis Vintage Mercedes-Benz 7 09-02-2006 04:43 AM
    Advice on buying 1973 280 4-door Gazolba Vintage Mercedes-Benz 3 09-01-2006 09:55 PM

    Posting Rules  
    You may post new threads
    You may post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is On
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are On
    Pingbacks are On
    Refbacks are On

     

    Title goes here

    close
    video goes here
    description goes here. Read Full Story
    For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome