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Grasping the nettle (at last)

A couple of days ago, it was the first anniversary of my buying the Vaneo. It's proved to be a sound purchase, as in the last 12 months, it's covered some 17,500 miles, with only a service (set of tyres and a wheel bearing) needed.

All at a constant 45 - 60 mpg.

The looks were a bit dowdy (a bit too van - like, tbh), but whilst I've tackled that, by recolouring the awful black plastic, there was one other part that really let it down.

The rusty wings.

So I ordered a brand-new pair from Mercedes (not that cheap, but there aren't any pattern alternatives), and since they ALL rust like that, sir - secondhand wasn't an option.

And I prepped & sprayed them up (after undersealing the inside).

Fitted them on Tues/Wed (with no online instructions), and not a moment too soon, as the old wings were crumbling as they were being removed.

I've been a bit-sore afterwards, but it's taken a few years off the car - and feels like they've been added to me!

Here's the chronology in pics, hope you find it interesting. (or amusing)

Paul
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Nice job.
Of course had it been a Scenic it wouldn't have needed any, Plastic wings.
Understand the aching, I'm sitting here nursing an aching neck & shoulders after spending yesterday doing battle with Trafic brake fluid change & an unexpected handbrake cables change.
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Nice job.
Of course had it been a Scenic it wouldn't have needed any, Plastic wings.
That is true, but it probably would've needed an electronic handbrake module, and a couple of window regulators... (and I'm MUCH happier with bodywork)

It's swings & roundabouts, the car hasn't let us down, even fully-laden on our two most recent european excursions, and we've got a biggie in late Sept/ early Oct - Italy!

I'm pretty-sure someone has been filling my joints up with broken glass, as although I was NEVER supple, I feel more brittle than ever.

So I feel your pain, and totally sympathise with you. (it's not easy, getting old, and refusing to accept it)

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That is true, but it probably would've needed an electronic handbrake module, and a couple of window regulators... (and I'm MUCH happier with bodywork)
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I'm pretty-sure someone has been filling my joints up with broken glass, as although I was NEVER supple, I feel more brittle than ever.

So I feel your pain, and totally sympathise with you. (it's not easy, getting old, and refusing to accept it)

Paul
Agree on Temic units, Never replaced an EPB module.. Yet

As for aging, we don't stop playing coz we get old, we get old coz we stop playing.
TBH grovelling under motors, riding bikes etc. Is about the only excercise I get, apart from "horizontal jogging". But, tis much cheaper than Gym membership, which I shall NEVER do.
A biker's wife (hospital Matron) when asked if he could have another bike, said "Do it, when you're sat dribbling in your chair, you'll wish you had" Wise words indeed.

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Re: Grasping the nettle (at last)

Do you think that most of the rusting is caused by the plastic wing liner rubbing on the inside of the metal wing?

If so, wouldn't you have thought they would have put a soft edge, maybe a rubber strip or something on the edge of the wing liner.



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