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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-30-2015, 10:29 AM
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Date registered: Jun 2012
Vehicle: 1976 280S
Location: Boston da Hub of the universe
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Best move I ever made on my 76 280S was getting rid of the points. I would burn through them at least twice per year, without warning. You run and errand, return to the car and it simply wont start, regardless of jump, carb sprays, use the back of a match book to clean up the tungsten electrodes, etc. Nothing. My mechanic recommended a conversion kit. Best move evah! The car starts up routinely ( cold and hot start ), perfect timing and idle. Before the conversion, sometimes I would have white puffy smoke out the tailpipe, plus sounds of "shot-gun" kickbacks and "coughs and burps". Performance of my car overall has really increased.

The downside: did removing my points cost me my tachometer? When I got the car 4 years ago, the tacho never worked, although the quartz clock below it works perfectly ( clock has 5 min increments, not 15, and not 60 min markings ). I'm interested to replace my tacho in the cluster, as well as repaint all my needles, and armor all the gauges, etc., clean up the glass, replace under dash lightbulbs and add a w108 steering wheel. I understand through many threads in this forum that removal of the wheel is needed to remove the instrument clusters ( be careful when disconnecting oil pressure ). My odometer is a bit sticky ( I'have had 3K miles since Easter without issue, but my trip odo is all locked up. Seems when I reset the trip, it freezes up the odometer, so I leave it alone ). Tacho is my only gauge not working. The redline is around 6500-7500, and my speedometer has the 1, 2 and 3pt markings for the max redline of gears.

thx, endless...
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