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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-01-2014, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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My new 280C: Re-united and it feels so good!

Just picked up my new-to-me, 2nd owner for 28 years maintained, black on black 2.8 DOHC 1973 w114, and I'm in love.

Flew to Boise to pick it up from MBBUFF met here on this site. He picked me up and we went through the car backwards and forwards all day, and then hit the open road throughout the deserts of western idaho and eastern oregon. Bombed back to Portland in 7 hours without a murmur out of that purring M110!

A cop stopped me I think just to look at the car, but ostensibly to say "Oh, i didn't see the temp trip permit and thought you just had no plates. Wow, boise's a long drive to portland! Car looks great! on your way son." and so i did.

This was a kind or reunion for me. I used to have a 72, and regretted selling it ever since. I do also have a 230SL but kind of feel oddly 'precious' about it, whereas I feel like driving the crap out of a w114. So now I have both! again!

one to drive as it was intended and one to pull out on sunny days only.

So without further ado, welcome my new 280C which is not new to this site, but is new to me!

MBBUFF also took the time to help me get my new Lorinser wheels fitted! So big thanks to him!


No lowering *yet*, but I'd like to lower the front end just a bit. SUGGESTIONS? How-To? I have a couple spring clamps I could use if advisable?


What do you think? I couldn't be happier!!


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Lower it ? your going to get a Lot of Negative from that statement I think . This is mostly A ORIGINAL Type site.
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As the self appointed King of "Don't Stick to Original" and the Crown Prince of "The Stealership and Classic Center Have Almost No Value Added When Buying Parts From Them," I advise against lowering the car. The wheels go out of geometry and make the car look like something out of an LA barrio. If you DO lower the thing, I'd recommend spring clamps, so you can at least return it to "originality" if you go to sell the thing later on in life.

Congrats on the buy. I'm sure you'll enjoy the ownership again
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Beautiful car. Please don't lower it! It already looks a bit edgy with those wheels and the dark glass.

Congrats though... I'm jealous!
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Beautiful car. Please don't lower it! It already looks a bit edgy with those wheels and the dark glass.

Congrats though... I'm jealous!

Ha! Oh the purist vs have-fun-with-it debate.

As long as it's reversible what's the harm? The next owner (btw there won't be a next owner!) can put the steelies back on.

Also I took off last owners sheep skins (which I appreciated so much! as they kept the mb tex in perfect shape for decades! And incidentally are quite cozy if anyone wants them) and dash pad (same) to bring it back to original. And I'm going to take off the 90s Sony deck, under-dash EQ, and big speakers. All to bring it back to a more stock look with a 60s Becker radio I have on my bench that I will mod with stealth aux cable (I know how). I will also re chrome the gold plated hood and trunk stars and 280c badge all to bring it back to more stock look than when I got it.

Now as far as the front end, you can put your head between the tired and wheel wells!. And still I'm thinking of lowering ONLY 1/2" and even then only in front. I invite critique !

All reversible my friends. All reversible.


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Aww, a half-inch never hurt no one. I actually think the wheels are cool.



To my eye it actually looks slightly higher in front than in the rear,
so what you have in mind should help. (Although I'd raise the rear )
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If you have an extra set of springs, that should solve the problem. I agree that the front end on these cars is crazy-high,

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Looks fantastic! The front is definitely sitting too high though. You could probably get away with lowering the front first and leaving the rear alone. See how that looks first before you decide to do the rear.

Of course, that's just a suggestion; ultimately, you may do as you see fit

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Looks like a great car, I really enjoy my 1971 250C !

The rear of these car tend to sag, so even if you wanted them to look stock you would need to raise the rear. Due to this your car looks like it about to take off like a rocket, if you want it to look stock but lower you would need to lower the front.

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I love that body style, and a very nice example to boot. Even your pics are nice. Have fun and enjoy.
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