Today, I removed the tow bar on the 123.
I am never going to tow with it, and I think it looks a bit rubbish.
Here it is with the tow bar. Its bolted onto the frame of the car underneath the rear bumper and is also bolted into the boot floor.
After lots of wrestling with bolts I had the bumper off:
I was rather worried when I was removing the tow bar as there appeared to be lots of hidden rust (ad said “No rust anywhere!” ha)
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My 123 240D has 230,000 on the clock, and I am willing to bet its genuine!
At traffic lights etc, it has been blowing out white smoke, which is normally an indication of poor injector spray pattern. It also gives intermittent diesel knock at part loads and idle. Time to replace the nozzles in the injectors and give them a clean and calibration!
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Right, Whilst working on the car, this panel gap has been staring at me the whole time. The bonnet sits too low at the front, too high at the back, and the center of the wings sit below the bonnet line.
After considerable adjustment with the the hinges:
Its not 100% but its better. I am sure that the wings are aftermarket wings that don’t fit 100% and require adjustment as well to get the gaps sorted out.
A rather interesting image show MB specs for panel gaps across the car:
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