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Anyone ever removed the front fender on a 107. I could use some instructions.:bowdown:
 

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I've heard there are two tacks somewhere. That have to be cracked.
 

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NOW ROWDIE...
YOU HAVE HAD ALL WINTER FOR THIS TYPE OF REPAIR...
AND YOU WAIT UNTIL PRIME 107 wdtd WEATHER TO START THIS TYPE OF PROJECT...
THERE HAD BETTER BE A DARN GOOD REASON...


AND I'M SORRY BUT...NO I CAN OFFER NO ADVISE ON THIS TASK...
 

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oKAY i EXpeCTED sOMEone TO sUGGEST tHIS but............

This is for the wrecked 280SL I just acquired. I can use this for removal of the damaged fender but I want to get the fender off the donor car without damage.:1poke::thumbsup:
 

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Well if it helps I think the tacks are right near the bolt that is near the upper door hinge. Why I have no idea but when you take that bolt out you'll see what i'm talking about. Then it's all little screws after that.

Take pics if you do it. I have to fix my 73 antenna someday.
 

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Well if it helps I think the tacks are right near the bolt that is near the upper door hinge. Why I have no idea but when you take that bolt out you'll see what i'm talking about. Then it's all little screws after that.

Take pics if you do it. I have to fix my 73 antenna someday.
We also need good pics for Lambo door planning:D
 

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Never did a 107, but the fenders on my 123 were bolted and bonded, no welds that I can recall. The top seam along the hood has a bonding agent between the outer and inner fender- lots of putty knife work to get them apart.
 

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Will take pics tomorrow of the progress so far. The bonding agent softens with a hair dryer, wish I could find my heat gun, or a light touch of propane torch. Afraid of over heating and setting all that under coat on fire. My main concern is if the headlight bucket is supposed to come off with the fender. Could be the damage is hanging things up cause everything is loose except the front. I love the smell of sawsall in the morning.
 

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What can I say except thanks.:bowdown::bowdown::bowdown:

I will post pics and let ya know how it goes.

Jim
 

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Here is one way to do it:



I don't recommend it if you every want to use the car again.

Seriously though, you need to take out all the bolts along the inside of the engine bay, you might have to remove the fresh air vent to get at one up by the windshield.



There are three bolts along the lower end of the "A" pillar (these require a socket extension with the ability to work at an angle.



There are two bolts at the bottom under the rocker trim.


Of course, you need to remove the headlight, lower headlight valiance, and headlight wiring. There are several screws you need to take out once you have the headlight out of the way.



You will also need a sharp blade to cut the seam sealer from up under the fender where it is attached to the engine bay wall.

You will not be able to simply remove all the bolts and then easily pull the fender off. There is gobs of goo holding it on from the under side. Do not try to pry the fender up because you can bend the engine wall mounting area. Also, unless you remove the door, you will need to move the fender forward before pulling it away.

And then there is the front bumper. Remove the whole thing for a Euro model and the rubber edge only for a U.S. model. There is a metal bracket the runs through the fender wall to support the bumper (visible through the rust hole here)





Feel free to look through the rest of these pictures for reference:
1976 Mercedes 450SL pictures by pwogaman - Photobucket

1980 Mercedes 280SL Disassembly pictures by pwogaman - Photobucket
 

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Well if it helps I think the tacks are right near the bolt that is near the upper door hinge. Why I have no idea but when you take that bolt out you'll see what i'm talking about. Then it's all little screws after that.

Take pics if you do it. I have to fix my 73 antenna someday.
ussun...i thought you could remove the antenna from the drivers kick panel, that is what i did...granted you must be very flexable..but doable...am i wrong??
 

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From what I understand, the goo is the biggest hurdle in removing the fender. It is basically glued and bolted.
 

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Thanks pwogaman. Just what I needed. I remembered your disassembly post but it was a bit drastic for my purpose.

The glue softens with heat and gradually separates with a lttle pressure.

I really think that the damage is what is holding me up.
 

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Well ended up using the sawzall after all to cut the damaged fender in half. The front of the fender had about 2" of the damn goop holding it on. Used the propane torch and it finally popped free. Back half came off easily. Wasn't as much of the stuff holding the fender on the '72 donor and it is in surprisingly good condition. No rust! Better shape than the one I took off the '81. The dust shield on the inner fender isn't even rusted.

Thanks again PMAN. You da man.:beerchugr::beerchugr::beerchugr::sawzall:
 

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I'm glad it worked out.
 

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Well ended up using the sawzall after all to cut the damaged fender in half.
I've recommended a sawzall for other things, and I know it had to be done, but this still made me cringe. I pictured taking a saw to my car, and.... [shudder]
 

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ussun...i thought you could remove the antenna from the drivers kick panel, that is what i did...granted you must be very flexable..but doable...am i wrong??

tork'd. I think you are correct cause you can't get there from here. And no that is not a tree growing out of the old girl. IT is a log I use to keep the cover from blowing off.
 

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