They look like they fit well, but they're for a cream interior aren't they?I spent some time this weekend cleaning under the hood. I found that 303 works wonders on the looks of the rubber and especially the false firewall. I also received my new World Upholstery floor mats, although I was hoping for a better color match. View attachment 2713204 View attachment 2713203
Hi John, No, not missing a vacuum line. I also thought this, but further investigation and some expert advice confirmed that in this particular version there is another lower vacuum hose to the distributor advance mechanism, as well as this top one which remains vented to the atmosphere. Strange but true! TonyAre you missing a vacuum advance line?
Just when you think you've seen it all... I recall distributors with a vacuum retard function, in addition to advance, on early carbureted emissions systems, but it looks like yours would have only the retard function, unless the vacuum unit is backwards... Most are pull to advance.there is another lower vacuum hose to the distributor advance mechanism, as well as this top one which remains vented to the atmosphere.
In another thread, (one I started about needing help with vacuum lines on my Australian delivered 1985 380SEL), MBL87560SEC posted this image. Interesting notation at the bottom about ignition retard function no longer installed on 1982 + models (Euro-Australia models?). I'm guessing my vacuum lines to the advance diaphragm mechanism are as they should be as the engine performs rather well in terms of no misfiring, no flat spots and good acceleration. Maybe I'll get a timing light and work out exactly what it is doing one day(?)Just when you think you've seen it all... I recall distributors with a vacuum retard function, in addition to advance, on early carbureted emissions systems, but it looks like yours would have only the retard function, unless the vacuum unit is backwards... Most are pull to advance.
Anything is possible. This is how it came to me. I haven't had it long enough + don't drive it often enough on the highway to know what the mileage is or should be. But the car doesn't appear to be running overly rich. There are so many iterations of the MB vacuum hoses around this period I've about given up determining whether they are correct on my vehicle. I have found a couple other engine bay pics of Australian delivered 380's with this top distributor vacuum port left disconnected, so I guess that's how it can sometimes be(?) We had a lot less emission controls in Australia at the time and cars like mine have no catalytic converters, which may explain the different vacuum lines configurations on some(?)The most noticeable thing about not having a working vacuum advance is an increase in highway fuel consumption.
What's the chance your advance line is just on the wrong port?
You mentioned the wheels in the photos post. Refinishing is great but I soda-blasted mine (same wheels) years ago and they look great to this day. Might be cheaper?Let's see... Last week I had my 350 SDl detailed, including the paint buffed. It looks marvelous.
Recently I received some anodized aluminum instant polish and hope to try it soon.
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Today I dropped the 350 SDL off for an alignment, but the bloody buggers called and said they won't get to it until tomorrow.
So what is the point of making an appointment? 💩
Attached are pics of the 350 SDL. The rear of the car had years of nasty diesel spew buildup that I worried would not come out. It did.
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