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Help aligning S124 hatch lid

  • 23-06-2021 2:47pm
    Registered Users Posts: 5,831 ✭✭✭ RobAMerc

    any tips on how to align the tailgate on my S124 ?
    Replaced the rusty old one and the new one is very difficult to line up. Does anyone know a good way to do it ?

    For those of you who dont know it, the hatch door is attached to 2 hinges (17 in diagram ) which are located on the top by 2 bolts which screw into the side of the door.

    Maybe there is a generic way to align panels, or some w124 specific trick or tool to do it.
    I've put it on with very loose bolts and it fits OK ( not great ) but when I try tighten it up on the hinges it always moves.

    Hope this makes sense.






  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators Posts: 4,743 Mod ✭✭✭✭ kadman

    Use some grip washers between the bolt head, and hinge plate.
    It may hold the hinge in place while the force goes on the bolt head

  • Registered Users Posts: 36 Mooretaxi

    Remove the latch so it doesn't try to lock, also remove the rubber seal before trying to align the tailgate , this should stop any pressure against the tailgate and then be able to set the gaps, a few loosely balled up sheets of tin foil placed near the lower edges of the opening will help to get the gaps set, once the gaps are set then refit the rubber, it's possible that the lips the rubber seal fit on have had some hammer adjustments in the past

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,907 ✭✭✭ jmreire

    When lining up any locking panels, be they booth or bonnet, remove the locks from the top panel, and the lock fittings from the panel. Then bolt on the booth / bonnet, but not tightly, just enough to hold it firmly. Carefully Lower it into position, and check that its fitting correctly with even gaps all round. If you are satisfied, than tighten all the bolts, and check the fitting again. Then fit the lock striker pin centrally to the bonnet ( they usually have some adjustment ). For the locking panel, place some masking tape over the aperture where the lock will be, Mark the striker pin ( paint, marker, tippex etc) and lower the bonnet until the striker touches the tape, and marks it. Fit the lock to the top locking panel, centralising it according to the mark on the masking tape. Check it then for locking / unlocking. If all is corrrect, replace the rubber buffers, and then you can set the height by adjusting the striker pin.

  • Registered Users Posts: 107 ✭✭ _ptashek_

    Best done with a second pair of strong hands, but can be done solo. It's a b... of a job though. Took me 2h to line mine up perfectly.

    Go one side at a time. Loosen the upper bolt, and undo the bottom just enough for it not to lock. Close the lid, line up that side, note the position of the bolts when closed. Lift, lock them in the same position. Do the other side the same way. Rinse, repeat until done.