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Soft Top Compartment Trim Pieces Needed Upholstery

I am trying to locate the two plastic end pieces that complete the upholstery trim on the soft top compartment lid. The Metal hold down bracket that holds the material to the horseshoe shaped cover on the one I have is broken from the plastic end pieces. I'm having ) luck finding replacements since discontinued from Benz of course. Part No 107-759-0329 THA and 107-758-0429 THA
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That plastic is a useless piece of crap. I ended up gluing a replacement piece and that worked fine. You could use thin aluminum if you have good glue. I'll see if I kept photos.
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I can't visualize what that part is?

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I can't visualize what that part is?
The metal strip inside the vinyl cover slots into the end of the larger plastic padded bit on each side.
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It has been discontinued for many years. I suspect anyone who replaces the cover will find theirs broken. Once its broken it is difficult to install a new cover.
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It has been discontinued for many years. I suspect anyone who replaces the cover will find theirs broken. Once its broken it is difficult to install a new cover.
It's fiddly but doable. I rebuilt the corner of the plastic and glued it to the metal strip. Gluing the vinyl back on was a slow process as you have to glue it in sections to allow some time for minor clamping / setting etc.
I also glued a couple of new mounting posts on the large padded piece. I didn't need to replace the vinyl- that would require stitching in the corners.
The metal strip is under the fold in the vinyl- you can see the metal tabs protruding every 6 inches. They need slight bending to remove the vinyl cover.

The whole job resulted from my (stupid) desire to eliminate a wrinkle in corner of the vinyl. I thought I'd "just lift the vinyl and stretch it". Everything just broke and fell apart and the job got 100 times more complicated. The vinyl (MB Tex) has long departed spray on foam - the yellow stuff in the pic. Must be the same crap they put on the heater box flaps- just a different color!
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I uploaded the wrong pic.
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- the yellow stuff in the pic. Must be the same crap they put on the heater box flaps- just a different color!
Funny I purchased this foam new from MB to fix mine but I also used it for the heater box flaps. But the new stuff was black.
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Funny I purchased this foam new from MB to fix mine but I also used it for the heater box flaps. But the new stuff was black.
I don't think the original was as thick as that in your pic but after 30+ years it's impossible to tell. The foam on the large plastic piece was quite thin but not disintegrating like the yellow stuff.
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I don't think the original was as thick as that in your pic but after 30+ years it's impossible to tell. The foam on the large plastic piece was quite thin but not disintegrating like the yellow stuff.
That part number is called out in EPC for the boot lid. I don't know what they use for the heater flaps but that works nicely.
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