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Zenith Carburetors or Weber?

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Hi:

Since the Zenith Carburetors are so hard to find in working
condition, would Webers be a good choice?
My car is a 1968 280S.

Anthony Dente

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Yes, much simpler and more economical too.

These guys supply an entire conversion kit for many models:

http://www.jameng.com/products/index.phtml?section=2

I have one for my '64 but have not yet gotten around to install it.

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It's a great kit. Though if you have access to a decent mercedes mechanic or know how to rebuild your own carbs, the zeniths are rebuildable for far less. -CTH

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cth350 wrote:
It's a great kit. Though if you have access to a decent mercedes mechanic or know how to rebuild your own carbs, the zeniths are rebuildable for far less. -CTH

Agreed, unless the top of the body is warped from some lunkhead overtightening the air cleaner screws. I still think it is worth doing the switch as the webers will always be an easier carb to service and rebuild in the future and parts will never be an issue, but it also depends on whether you want to keep the car "original" or not. I had planned on putting the webers into my '64 and then having the zeniths rebuilt and keep them with the car in case anyone wanted to put it back to stock...best of both worlds is a dependable driver that is easily put back to collector condition if necessary.

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In the past I owned 2 of those models. Both had carburetor problems. I always bought all the factory manuals for every Mercedes I owned. I was able to get the carburetors to work properly using the paper manual. There were very many pages devoted to the carburetors showing many versions and modifications. Someone has a 110 factory manual on e-Bay right now! The carb rebuilder mentioned above wants a lot of money. Is your car worth it?

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