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SADIE

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FIREWALL PADDING PLACEMENT
« on: March 18, 2019, 13:50:08 »
Opinions would be appreciated:  The firewall padding on my 230sl came with cut outs for fuse panel, spotlight socket etc so it was placed aligning those- results in a space between the top of the pad and the "rain guide where the three bumpers ride.

On some cars, I have seen the padding with this space between the top of the pad and the rain guide.  Some then had that spacing (usually about 1/2 inch) painted black, while others retaining the car color. 

On others, the firewall pad is tight against the rain guide at the top.

Any opinions on which might be "more correct" would be appreciated

JB
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mrfatboy

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Re: FIREWALL PADDING PLACEMENT
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2019, 14:13:10 »
Here is a picture of my original pad.
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Re: FIREWALL PADDING PLACEMENT
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2019, 14:49:00 »
Some more original firewall pad.  '67 250 SL.  Can't tell you if the gap at the rain gutter is intended or from shrinkage over 50+ years.  I'd use the gaps around the heater hose and heater valve access cover as guides.
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Re: FIREWALL PADDING PLACEMENT
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2019, 15:31:17 »
Quote from: SADIE
.../...a space between the top of the pad and the "rain guide where the three bumpers ride.../...
Yes, this is correct. Some 3-5mm gap is present. Photo of original (untouched) car and pad attached
/Hans S