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Old 12-20-2010, 01:10 PM
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please help. 124 hood star replacement

Before I pull my hair out, bloody my fingers any more and take a hammer to the damn thing, why is this so complicated? I've read instructions, didn't help me at all. This was NOT complicated on the 202 chassis. There is a black metal sleeve, which I have tried to reorient, looks like I got the tiny metal tab back on and loaded the spring, but the hood star itself is flaccid and falls down! I took it off and the damn assembly fell apart again. WhY is everythign on the 124 so hard? I had the entire front fascia off the 202, the headlights, grill, bumper, and I can't figure out a 2 inch piece of metal on this thing!

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Old 12-20-2010, 02:09 PM
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Will, the tiny metal piece maintains the spring tension and holds everything in place. If you look at a picture of the mechanism you will understand how it works.
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Old 12-20-2010, 02:12 PM
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I've got it together, I'm talking now about how to actually get it seated in the grill
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Old 12-20-2010, 02:31 PM
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drop it in the hole, use a pair of channel locks to grip the metal collar.. pull down, twist 90 degrees and it should lock it down in place.

That is how I did it on my old w123 when I had it. Should be the same idea
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drop it in the hole, use a pair of channel locks to grip the metal collar.. pull down, twist 90 degrees and it should lock it down in place.

That is how I did it on my old w123 when I had it. Should be the same idea

On a related topic, there used to be a source for removable stars, does anyone recall what that source is?
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Will, the spring keeps the Star seated in the grill. It's designed to collapse if something hits it. Try twisting it around a bit and the mechanism will grab and hold the Star upright.
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Old 12-20-2010, 11:31 PM
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On a related topic, there used to be a source for removable stars, does anyone recall what that source is?
I believe ADSITCO had them
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Old 12-21-2010, 05:15 AM
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i feel your pain the tiny metal std can fall out and everything fals apartif you lne up the holes and little notches in the hood a nice pair of big pliers or small channel locks wth pressure squeeazed around the housing it wll fall right into hole the give it a twist then it should lock into place,thank god you can get them for around 15.00 everyoe is allowed 1 mess up.

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