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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-19-2017, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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1980 280CE Summer Project

After two years of sitting parked, I'm preparing to dive into my 1980 280CE that I scooped out of the Chicago ghetto. I'm also need to solve, first and foremost, the overheating issues that I was having that led to it being parked for two years in the first place. Several replacement fan clutches made no difference to the engine temperature, which would steadily rise, especially in stop-and-go traffic, and not go back down. Playing with the thermostat also made no difference.

Would new aftermarket radiator be a sensible route to follow? I'm also thinking about just ditching the archaic clutch cooling fan and just doing electric fan modification somehow.

Want to get this beauty back on the road!


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The water pump impellers are know to erode thus reducing coolant circulation, if you haven't replaced it yet I'd start there.
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OK! Good to know, I will have to pull the water pump and have a look inside while I'm at it.
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Buy a Graf brand water pump or you'll be in there again within a year or two.
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