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W111 trunk well panels

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Does anyone know if there is a company that re-pops the sheet metal for the trunk wells of a w111 coupe? Not sure if they are different from the sedan, but I assume they are. I could fab some up out of flat stock, but it'd be easier to just get them off the shelf.

Oh and I believe the panels are available from Mercedes (and K&K manufacturing) but they are about $550 per side. I'm not really willing to spend that much on a floor panel so I guess I'm looking for a good value alternative.

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I thought k&k's prices are generally very reasonable and significantly less than MB. Is that not always the case?

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Apparently not this time, pretty sure they have retail on these.

I looked and the panels are different for the sedan. K&K has those for like $85 a side!
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The difference in price is ridiculous !! If no cheaper alternatives exist, and I personally have never found any, I would compare the dimensions between the sedan and coupe....which you have done, but maybe you can tweak the sedan panels ?

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Hells bells, i'd try a wrecking yard to see if they had something in stock that I could refirb or reuse...
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Hells bells, i'd try a wrecking yard to see if they had something in stock that I could refirb or reuse...

I would be very surprised if there are rust free w111 coupes in wrecking yards. I think people would be snatching them up pretty quickly.

I have heard that often the sedan and coupe parts for some models (like a w114/115) are very very close even though they are different. I would think that there's a good chance could could somehow make an $85 sedan panel work for your needs, and probably look a hell of a lot better than trying to fabricate something yourself.

So can we look at pictures and try and determine the difference in the panels?

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I have heard that often the sedan and coupe parts for some models (like a w114/115) are very very close even though they are different. I would think that there's a good chance could could somehow make an $85 sedan panel work for your needs, and probably look a hell of a lot better than trying to fabricate something yourself.

So can we look at pictures and try and determine the difference in the panels?
This is a great idea. The Mercedes Classic Center has the coupe panels at a 'discount' of ~ $900 for the pair. I think my best option is to fabricate patches with sheet stock and buy just the right hand panel for a sedan (at $85) and cut the little depression for the spare wheel out (the only piece that would be difficult to fab out of flat stock) and let that into a larger sheet stock patch.

Luckily both trunk wells are mostly flat so fabbing a panel shouldn't be hard. I've done this before on a number of cars, but weld the panels in correctly, grind smooth and use zinc aint-rust. Resulting repairs are imperceptible from original metal except the undercoating is new.

I'll find a couple pictures and post them up later just for future reference. Thanks guys!

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I did also find this option - reproduction panel at ~$80 plus $35 shipping from Germany. Something to consider there.

Mercedes itself is not stamping these panels anymore right? So they're all 'aftermarket' in a sense correct?
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That's the ticket to ride there......I hope you have contacted that seller by now....

Great find !!
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That's the ticket to ride there......I hope you have contacted that seller by now....

Great find !!
I have sent several emails with no response. Might be time to learn German and give an international call!
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