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Old 05-31-2014, 01:49 PM
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HOOD DILEMA!

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This is my first time posting on this forum. Last week I became the proud owner of a beautiful 1983 240d! This is my first MB after 25 years of VW's. Anyway, I got it pretty cheap, but with some issues. The major one is that it got hit in the front right fender, but was kind of straightened and fixed. The hood was slightly damaged and I found an exact replacement (color and condition) in a junk yard. I was excited and planned on taking it home but realized it was an 1984 300D! Will this hood fit on my 1983 240D?
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Old 05-31-2014, 02:51 PM
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On an undamaged car this should (in principle) be a straight swap.

In practice on any car there will be a bit of fiddling getting the alignment correct. The front wings / fenders are bolt on / off. The age of your W123 should mean that there is no mastic / glue on the front wings so that should help.

The biggest trouble you are likely to have are the bonnet / hood hinges. If these have been damaged then you are best off getting those from the junk yard car too. If the wing / fender isn't too hot on your car I'd consider getting a replacement from the junk yard too.
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Old 05-31-2014, 03:15 PM
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Thank you much! Yes, the hinges are toast, but I will also get them from the same vehicle in the yard.
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Old 05-31-2014, 03:42 PM
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Take your time with this job - I wouldn't be surprised if you find damage on the inner wings too - the bolts for the hinges have a nasty habit of rusting themselves in there as well. Compared with the rest of the W123 these hinges are pretty weedy - they are easy to damage.
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