Paul, If it's flaring on ALL shifts, it's probably vacuum modulator related. There used to be a good article on mbz.org that described adjusting the vacuum switch on the top of the IP and the vacuum modulator down on the transmission.
If you're making the Dallas to Austin trip again, you could stop by and I'll help you put the gauges on it. I've still got my homemeade modulator pressure gauge left over from my 300D 722.315 days. Gary Thompson Georgetown, TX 1995 E320 On 1/28/06, paul <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > I recently purchased a '83 300CD for dirt cheap, and drove it from > Dallas to Austin and back. I noticed that there's a slight flair from > 1st to 2nd, and sometimes from 2nd to 3rd. It also takes a second a or > two to drop into reverse. What should i inspect/replace first? B2 > piston? > > 'tanks, > > Paul >