I got around to cleaning this infamous carb on my 280S since I just did a 700 km trip with rather poor milleage. The carb was dirty, the choke partially stuck and secondary valves sticky.
Nevertheless, the carb base is straight and it looks generally OK.
Now before I go any further, please do not tell me about Holleys. There are none to be found here (and they dont even look that great on paper) besides, I am keeping to stock carburation as french law requires
But my questions are pretty radical. Here goes...
First, can I disable the TN starter (i.e. set its internal piston to provide NO fuel during warmup) as this device is a waste of (expensive) fuel ?
I have the silly time delay thingy that connects to the vacuum device that pulls the rod that unlocks the secondary (gasp); can I get rid of the thingy, letting the electric choke do its job for a short while ? In fact, can I live WITHOUT a choke altogether ? I live in the north of France where it never really gets close to freezing temperature.
I want to tune this carburator for best fuel economy. We have great highways for high speed cruising (at 135-150 kph) and I virtually never use this car in the city so letting it gently come up to operating temperature before hitting the gas pedal is the way I drive it.
Any suggestions ?
Lion sur Mer