Parts Catalog Accessories Catalog How To Articles Tech Forums
Call Pelican Parts at 888-280-7799
Shopping Cart Cart | Project List | Order Status | Help



Go Back   PeachParts Mercedes-Benz Forum > Mercedes-Benz Tech Information and Support > Tech Help

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 10-26-2004, 06:16 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Monrovia, CA
Posts: 496
Damn!!! Need Body Shop Recommendations

Well, It's no longer a question of if or when; some nimrod decided he didn't like being in the slow lane and decided to pull out of it just as my wife and son were motoring by at about 25 mph in our '86 300E. Pranged both passenger side doors pretty good right where they meet. (see pic)

Can anyone recommend a good shop in the Pasadena/Los Angeles area that does really good work? (as long as his ins. co. is paying for it why not get the best?)

Does anyone know bodywork well enough to know how they might approach the repair on this?

Would they just be banging it out and using filler? (really don't want that)

Replacing the outer door skin (can this be done on MB)?

Can body shops in CA still get the factory original paint (Glasurit?) or do they have to use some new environmentally friendly water-based paint?

Can I get a good match that will still look the same as the original paint years from now?

Might I be better off trying to find a couple of good straight doors to hang on the car and have them repainted?

Anybody want to make a guess on the repair costs? I'm going to start getting estimates tomorrow, if possible.

Thanks for any help

Attached Thumbnails
Damn!!! Need Body Shop Recommendations-dsc03323-99.jpg   Damn!!! Need Body Shop Recommendations-dsc03322-99.jpg  
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 10-26-2004, 07:32 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: North Central Kentucky
Posts: 1,068
I think I'd try to find a set of doors that match in color and year if possible from a salvage yard. Rust free of course. Might actually be the cheapest way to go and would not have to worry about paint being two different colors in a few years. My daughter introduced the nose of her 300E to a telephon pole a few weeks ago, so I feel your pain.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-26-2004, 10:42 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Posts: 46
Yours is a common color. I would try the Salvage yards for replacement doors. It would be cheaper in the long run.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-27-2004, 12:06 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Posts: 57
approx. damage amount if here in Orlando, would be about $3480.00
As far as doors, used would the most cost effective, however should you find some in the same color code, there are 4 variations to the tint of your color
Make sure your repair shop strips the used doors down of all parts , paints them, then reassembles them with your good parts/ YES insurance does pay for this... Other than that good luck


Regards, Perry Fisher
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-28-2004, 03:10 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Monrovia, CA
Posts: 496
Well, I got a couple of estimates yesterday. One was $2683.88 and the other was $2427.04. They both involved replacing the front door and repairing the rear door. Oddly enough, the lower priced estimate called for a new door shell for $620 while the higher priced one listed a used door for $420. One shop told me that "No one can match the paint 100%, so you'll be able to tell it's been repainted" while another told me "You won't be able to tell the difference, gauranteed!" They both want to obviously repaint the front door and blend into the front quarter panel and into half the rear door. "-sigh-" I hate getting bodywork repaired. They can tell me anything they want, but I have to live with the results.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-28-2004, 04:28 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Jacksonville Florida
Posts: 723
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phalcon51
Well, It's no longer a question of if or when; some nimrod decided he didn't like being in the slow lane and decided to pull out of it just as my wife and son were motoring by at about 25 mph in our '86 300E. Pranged both passenger side doors pretty good right where they meet. (see pic)

Can anyone recommend a good shop in the Pasadena/Los Angeles area that does really good work? (as long as his ins. co. is paying for it why not get the best?)

Does anyone know bodywork well enough to know how they might approach the repair on this?

Would they just be banging it out and using filler? (really don't want that)

Replacing the outer door skin (can this be done on MB)?

Can body shops in CA still get the factory original paint (Glasurit?) or do they have to use some new environmentally friendly water-based paint?

Can I get a good match that will still look the same as the original paint years from now?

Might I be better off trying to find a couple of good straight doors to hang on the car and have them repainted?

Anybody want to make a guess on the repair costs? I'm going to start getting estimates tomorrow, if possible.

Thanks for any help

Try Mark lasky @310 479 3223

Alon Told me re the Shop..as My Wagon MUST be redone from the HACKAGE Done at House of Imports...DO NOT USE The House of Imports!!!!
__________________
MBENZNL.com
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-29-2004, 03:29 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Monrovia, CA
Posts: 496
Thanks for the tip....and the warning! What happened to your wagon?

Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On




All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:48 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Peach Parts or Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page