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silver surfer

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Rocker panel fixings
« on: March 28, 2019, 19:35:08 »
Can someone please tell me definitively how the rocker panels were originally attached to a 280SL?

I am sure my original car had  6 screws along the recess in the middle and was riveted at the top and bottom. I don't think they had ever been off the car until I started restoring it many years ago and I am now in the process of refitting them.

I see you can buy the rocker screws from SLS which appear to show they were fully screwed on so any clarification would be much appreciated.

Many thanks
Ashley

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Re: Rocker panel fixings
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2019, 21:31:33 »
The attachment screws for the rocker panels are visible in the reveals in front and back. There also are some screws visible on the returns in the front wheel well and rear. In addition you will see some attaching the rockers along the bottom edge under the car. Lastly there are some not visible which are under the rubber threshold matt on the door seals. You will need to remove the rubber matt to access these. They should all be phillips screws and can be a challenge to remove if rusted. Tap them with a flat drift and hammer to loosen the rust before attempting removal.
Joe Alexander
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Re: Rocker panel fixings
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2019, 18:21:49 »
Afew of my screws were very difficult to remove. Nothing worked until I took a dremel and cut a small slit accross the top so I could remove them with a regular screw driver. of course be careful not to ruin any trim they may be holding in place when you cut the slits.
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Re: Rocker panel fixings
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2019, 05:05:28 »
John, I use that trick also when all else fails.
Joe Alexander
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2002 ML55 AMG (tow vehicle)
2002 SLK32 AMG (350 hp)
1963 404 Mercedes Unimog (Swedish Army)
1989 flu419 Mercedes Unimog (US Army)
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Re: Rocker panel fixings
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2019, 00:50:12 »
If anyone is interested I was able to get material that looks identical to the matt covering the door sill / rocker panel from online. I plan to cut it for both of my cars. its in the $35 range. for  a 4 fee t by 3 feet section. I think this is also the same material used in part o the trunk.
1970 280 SL  currently in Red. original color is Ivory DB 670. 4 Speed manual shift no AC.
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Re: Rocker panel fixings
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2019, 00:57:52 »
Picture?
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Re: Rocker panel fixings
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2019, 01:32:37 »
If anyone is interested I was able to get material that looks identical to the mat covering the door sill / rocker panel from online. I plan to cut it for both of my cars. its in the $35 range. for a 4 feet by 3 feet section. I think this is also the same material used in part of the trunk.
Why not share the source for this material with the rest of us?

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Re: Rocker panel fixings
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2019, 03:59:40 »
you can get it from Amazon

here is the link.  Get it in 3 feet x 4 feet lenght. it will be 4 feet long with the lines running along it.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004N2AIV2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
1970 280 SL  currently in Red. original color is Ivory DB 670. 4 Speed manual shift no AC.
2006 Cls 500 in Pewter colour (Daily driver)
1971 Buick riviera boattail in Black purchased from Norton MA. This is my practice car for paint etc.

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Re: Rocker panel fixings
« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2019, 02:17:36 »
I had bought this a while back with the same idea. Unfortunately the 250sl is Dark Grey or Anthracite.
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