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Date registered: Oct 2002
Vehicle: 1967 250 SL, 1963 220Sb
Location: Los Angeles / Altadena
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Carbs, windshields, etc
There has been a lot of badmouthing of the twin zenith carbs on forums. There have also been a few people who say that if they are properly tuned they run great. I'm closer to the "they run great" side of things. Mine are running a little rich but the car always starts, always stops, has good pickup, never misses. It runs great.
Having said that, I'm highly interested in the mega-squirt conversion. If my carbs ran poorly I would be wanting that big time.
Regarding the front and rear glass - new gaskets for front and rear will run about $250 - $275 from Mercedes Classic Center. Installation of the new gaskets for me was $275. So I've got $500+ into replacing the rubber around the front and rear glass, which has gotten rid of signficant leakage.
I didn't replace the glass because it was good, but if I had needed to, the junkyards in Los Angeles are a reliable source for finding a good coupe windshield (front or back) and the price is around $35. You can't count on finding one when you need it, but over the past year I have probably seen 6 or so coupes with good glass.
The coupes are a blast to drive - classy. Gas hogs.
Things to be aware of - front seats are not supportive on the bottom in the older cars if they have not had the springs / pads replaced. You can not take sedan seats and put them in a coupe. So if the seat is unsupportive (you will know this right away) figure on needing some work done there.
Speed? I've had mine up to about 100 just to see what it would do. These are not "fast" cars, but they don't have any problem keeping up in traffic.
Currently: 1967 250 SL, 1963 220Sb, 1965 300SE Lang, 1971 280SE parts car, 1972 Alfa GTV, 1965 Alfa Duetto, 1993 BMW R100R
Past: 1971 250 C, 1985 300 TD, 1967 250 S, 1968 280 S,1981 300 D, 1982 280CE, 3 Facel Vegas, Borgward Isabella Coupe, Alfa 2600 Sprint, Volvo P1900 (yes), numerous less interesting Volvos, ...