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Howard60

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repair panels
« on: 28 May 2021, 04:46 AM »
Hi All,
I have never had to search repair panels for my 116 before, or any other car Ive had for that matter.
But I need to get a replacement rear wheel arch panel for the right side, some stock appears to be available, but I have no idea of the quality
etc., until I receive it.
Is there anything I should look out for, or ask beforehand? -these are so far found on eBay, but there
could be other suppliers I have yet to find.
Im in the UK, so god know what the EU imports are doing, so local for me would be better if available!
Any tips?
Previously: 280ce W123, 450slc C107, 350se W116, 230e W123, 250ce W114

rumb

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Re: repair panels
« Reply #1 on: 28 May 2021, 07:12 AM »
I used aftermarket ones.  They fit well except the body line at the bottom did not line up well at all.
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adamb

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Re: repair panels
« Reply #2 on: 28 May 2021, 01:12 PM »
I used aftermarket ones purchased on eBay some years back. A good bodyshop will make them fit. Note that once the old arches are cut off you are likely to find that the inner arches are also corroded. So expect to pay for more work than it may look like at first.


Max-NL

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Re: repair panels
« Reply #3 on: 28 May 2021, 01:28 PM »
We used Klokkerholm for the 6.9. It needed some massaging but the quality was decent.
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ptashek

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Re: repair panels
« Reply #4 on: 28 May 2021, 05:23 PM »
I can't remember what's on Goldie. Either Van Wezel or Klokkerholm. Most likely Van Wezel. The arch lip needed some massaging as it was quite uneven.



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gavin116

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Re: repair panels
« Reply #5 on: 29 May 2021, 01:51 AM »
Hi Howard

Same here, unsure what make of panel was used, but it did involve having to do both the inner and outer arches on both sides. I think they are relatively easy to make fit. It was the front 1/4 panels that were apparently tricky, they have to be sourced from a good pattern maker otherwise they're trouble... Ever wondered why we get such poor fuel consumption, that's because all this chopping and welding requires quite some paintwork too!

Keep 116ing
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« Last Edit: 29 May 2021, 01:57 AM by gavin116 »

gavin116

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Re: repair panels
« Reply #6 on: 29 May 2021, 01:53 AM »
More pictures.

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Re: repair panels
« Reply #7 on: 29 May 2021, 01:54 AM »
Hope the pictures help.


P.S. found a close-up picture of after when the suspension and brakes were refurbished.
« Last Edit: 29 May 2021, 02:11 AM by gavin116 »

Howard60

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Re: repair panels
« Reply #8 on: 03 June 2021, 02:38 AM »
Thanks all for your replies, nice to see pics of work in progress as well.
I dont believe mine are rusty on the inside as they were good metal before I pranged it, but never say never!
So I think that replacement is the way to go, particularly with the lip of the arch being so specific.
I shall look at some of the brands you've mentioned and see what prices they come back at?
Cheers, Howard
Previously: 280ce W123, 450slc C107, 350se W116, 230e W123, 250ce W114