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Old 7th November 2010, 03:43 PM
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Default New rear parcel shelf

As part of restoration and refurbishment tasks on Gleaming Beauty, the rear parcel shelf was another item on the agenda that would require attention. Previously, the re-made and recovered shelf became subject to water damage, considerably swelling the board itself, and the other annoying feature was that the cover strip right around the bottom of the screen was not a neat fit, and thus part of the shelf would bulge out - so to speak. So, after removal of the rear screen, it would be far easier to fit another shelf. To this end, Parks made up another board and refitted fresh carpet material, incorporating the flap for the first aid kit.

That's the finished product. Re-creating the flap is quite some task for the trimmer, but with the screen out, I was also able to carry out what is, or can be, quite a nasty job if the rear screen is in place...and that is the fitting, or refitting, of the rear speakers, especially if you use non standard items and you need to drill holes etc. etc. In this instance, I had to refit the Pioneer speakers properly and, quite frankly, had the rear screen been in place, the job would have been tedious and back breaking to the extreme. If you don't believe me, just try it one day ! It's an education in exercising patience and to becoming a contortionist. You see, once you start drilling new holes, the material gathers on the drill bit and forms 'clumps' and it can be a nightmare. With the screen out, hey presto, the job is done in a fraction of the time. Regards Styria

N.B. Also, if you have a look at the trim strip, it is important to ensure that the carpet is cut in such a way as to allow the strip to cover the shelf and fit into the holes cut into the metal part under the shelf.

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Old 7th November 2010, 04:06 PM
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Yeah - and you reckon yr not going the be a Concours entrant? With his amount of work you should give it a go.
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Old 7th November 2010, 05:19 PM
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Nice job and always one worth doing!
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Old 8th November 2010, 08:18 AM
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A quick addendum to a comment you made in your first post Styria, Although I am new to doing any serious work on Mercedes your observation re the lack of rear window is a truism that stands for all cars.

I spent a while working with a good friend who used to do what I call Anal restorations, He isn't a proctologist but an automotive reconstructive surgeon.

And the first thing we always did was Pop the screens front and rear for a few reasons, The first being access to Dash and parcel shelves.

The second being auto glass damage from grinding debris or welding slag and spatter.

And the third being that painters cant do a good job with obstructions.

Fortunately we had a pet glass installer who could also do the removal intact and he was generally the first person on scene to prep any car for work.

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