Number Plate Retaining Nuts

If you have a non model specific technical question or some general MB related content, post it here!
Users are requested to Search through relevant topics using the "Search" function, before posting here.
Post Reply
tsharkey
Große
Posts: 1033
Joined: Sat 25 Apr, 2009 9:32 am
Model you own: w123
Location: Melbourne, Vic

Number Plate Retaining Nuts

Post by tsharkey » Sun 14 Jul, 2019 10:38 am

Does anyone know how to press in the 4 x aluminum rear number plate retaining nuts that W123 amongst others use ?

The holes in the rear are hex shaped as is the elongated nut. There is a lip that holds it in position but that lip needs to traverse the panel. Trying to wack them in bends the panel. Pulling them in from behind bends the panel ... They must go in some way as they are fitted after the car is painted.
W123 1981 300TD - Family Kid mover
W202 1998 C250D Factory OM605A Turbo - Partner's daily driver
W123 1982 300CD Retro fitted OM617A Turbo - Mine
W123 1984 300TD English 5 Speed Manual
W123 1982 300TD Factory OM617A Turbo (Hans) - Project
W123 1982 300D - OM617 NA (Hektor) - Son's
W123 1985 230TE - Brother's
W123 1985 300D - Sister in Law's
1962 S-Series Valiant (Tho Daimler & Chrysler divorced, still part of the extended family)

Past benzes
W114 1969 250CE - PO put in an M110 transplant and nearly sent me around the bend
W123 1981 300TD - "Matilda" - RIP hit front side & rear but left my brother + niece A-OK

Current Projects
Coupe restoration, Turbo Wagon freshen up

CraigB
OZBENZ Admin
Posts: 5477
Joined: Thu 23 Jun, 2005 1:18 pm
Model you own: I own multiple different models
Location: Hawthorndene (Adelaide)

Re: Number Plate Retaining Nuts

Post by CraigB » Sun 14 Jul, 2019 2:08 pm

If I'm on the same page with what you are describing, I think they might be what they call a rivnut.... something like this: https://www.bunnings.com.au/kincrome-m8 ... t_p5910352
https://www.bunnings.com.au/kincrome-85 ... t_p5910345
Same sort of principle as a poprivet but don't think you can reuse, need new ones. A nuts and bolts place probably would have best range - tools involved that maybe you use once and someplace that does fitouts for 4WD etc. might just do it for you - that's where i learnt about them when they fitted out our work cars.
Craig Baulderstone
280s's
280SE3.5
280SL Ruby
300TE Otto
350SL Gloria
350SLC Lurch
450SEL Boris
500SEC's...including Syd
560SEL's Foufou and Zac

User avatar
Christo C
170s
Posts: 197
Joined: Fri 04 Jul, 2014 8:24 am
Model you own: w124
Region: New South Wales
Location: Sydney [Beaconsfield]
Contact:

Re: Number Plate Retaining Nuts

Post by Christo C » Sun 14 Jul, 2019 3:12 pm

~Christo
1986 230E W124.023 M102.982 Thistle Green Saloon "Janis" 300,000+Km
Beaconsfield, SYDNEY

tsharkey
Große
Posts: 1033
Joined: Sat 25 Apr, 2009 9:32 am
Model you own: w123
Location: Melbourne, Vic

Re: Number Plate Retaining Nuts

Post by tsharkey » Sun 14 Jul, 2019 8:03 pm

Thanks guys - explains a lot - will replace using the tool
W123 1981 300TD - Family Kid mover
W202 1998 C250D Factory OM605A Turbo - Partner's daily driver
W123 1982 300CD Retro fitted OM617A Turbo - Mine
W123 1984 300TD English 5 Speed Manual
W123 1982 300TD Factory OM617A Turbo (Hans) - Project
W123 1982 300D - OM617 NA (Hektor) - Son's
W123 1985 230TE - Brother's
W123 1985 300D - Sister in Law's
1962 S-Series Valiant (Tho Daimler & Chrysler divorced, still part of the extended family)

Past benzes
W114 1969 250CE - PO put in an M110 transplant and nearly sent me around the bend
W123 1981 300TD - "Matilda" - RIP hit front side & rear but left my brother + niece A-OK

Current Projects
Coupe restoration, Turbo Wagon freshen up

Post Reply

Return to “General Mercedes-Benz related.”