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w116 rear bumper? (450)

can anyone offer advice on what to do about my rear bumper of my 1975 450SE?
the left side is pushed in, from a small accident before i bought the car. no damage to the car body, the big bumper is just pushed in on one side. even the bumper is in fine shape.
i was told that the bumper has a shock absorber of some sort inside, and the part can be replaced somewhat easily. is this true?
how do i go about solving this riddle?

thank you and i really appreciate anyone taking a moment to write back.
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Remove the bumper and assess the damage. Is the absorber damaged/dysfunctional? Was the frame pushed in there? Just take a look.

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Tie some rope to the pushed in side of the bumper and then tie off to a tree or the like.

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that method reminds me of how to get rid of a loose tooth!
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You have the big ugly "Nader bar" type thing?.It has a small crush cylinder in behind the bumper.Second hand ones are readily available from wreckers.
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bscott, where are you located?

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thank you.

i really do appreciate the sharing of knowledge.
now i can go forth less blindly.

and yes, i do have the "ralph nader specials" on this car.
(i like big bumpers and i cannot lie...)

not only does it help to know what part i'm looking for (and that the "crush cylinder" exists), but i'm happy to be learning about this beautiful vehicle.

this is my first vintage mercedes, so i'm working to get myself and the car up to speed.

much obliged to all.

and to diametrical: i'm in new york.
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