I was looking at the two long carriage bolts holding the cooler to the radiator today. Looks like I might be able to give it a try. I think I'll have to drop the aux fan though as my hands are a tad too big to fit in there. Maybe I'll enlist junior and his smaller hands first before pulling that aux fan again (it's a PITA to get bolted back in!!!).
'73 280SEL 4.5 (9/72)- RIP
Only 8,173 units built from 5/71 thru 11/72
'02 CLK320 Cabriolet - wifey's mid-life crisis
2012 VW Jetta Sportwagon TDI...at least its a diesel
Non illegitemae carborundum.