1981 Mercedes 280 SL - a little gutless!

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Currently 280SL auto 1981 needs TLC - used to have.. 300TE estate, 300TD Estate
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I have the above vehicle and am gradually getting it into shape - it does seem a little gutless on acceleration especially on hills where it changes up quickly and sedately climbs.
I am looking for advice on obvious things to do before getting the cylinder head off etc. I have replaced the plugs, air filter, fluids etc and done some rudimentary RedEx fuel system cleaning

What next?

Many Thanks

Ian:confused:
 

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Hi

I have the above vehicle and am gradually getting it into shape - it does seem a little gutless on acceleration especially on hills where it changes up quickly and sedately climbs.
I am looking for advice on obvious things to do before getting the cylinder head off etc. I have replaced the plugs, air filter, fluids etc and done some rudimentary RedEx fuel system cleaning

What next?

Many Thanks

Ian:confused:


Check the gearbox control cable is adjusted correctly, and that you are getting full throtle when the pedal is pressed. The contol cable should fit straight onto the ball with the free play taken up.
 
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Many Thanks - I will have a go at those adjustments!
 

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