Why have I holes in the nearside wheel arch?

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MTHamill
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My recently purchased 1994 G300 LWB RHD has 4 holes in the rear wheel arch which I presume was to allow some type of frame to be mounted inside the rear compartment.

The story goes that the vehicle was built for the UN but the order was canceled and for the first few years it was owned by a UK Mercedes dealership.

I was just wondering why two of the holes are large which made me think they were not used for bolts.

Any ideas anyone?

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Martin

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Re: Why have I holes in the nearside wheel arch?

There were various accessories available such as dog-guards, gun-lockers and so-on. Are the holes on both rear wheel-arches and do they match each other?

How do you know the vehicle was built for the UN - just curious?

 

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Re: Why have I holes in the nearside wheel arch?

Hmmm - Interesting but haven't a clue.

The gun racks I have seen mount in between and just behind the front seats.There are, as Arnie has mentioned several different fittings the forces use but I cannot image what purpose these holes would serve. From the holes it seems the fitting was in the wheel arch area. It would have been somewhat useful to view the inner side of the holes. 

Secondly, I can envisage that this fitting may have been an after market job OR the fitters did a poor job judging by the build up of rust around the hole drillings. Who ever drilled them seem not to have bothered painting on the drillings to prevent such build up of rust - extremely poor practice for my liking.

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Re: Why have I holes in the nearside wheel arch?

Now that I've downloaded the picture to see it in more detail, the holes are enormous (two of them, at least) and may have been feed-throughs for cables or pipes with grommets. They have also drilled through the wheel-arch liner, which you wouldn't normally do if just fitting regular ( eg 17 mm) bolts for accessories. I'd get them welded-up or perhaps, apply some galvanised cover-plates with an automotive bodywork PU adhesive, such as 'Tigerseal' , which will not burn the paint like welding.

 

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Re: Why have I holes in the nearside wheel arch?

Thanks for your replies guys.

I was told by someone who had done some background research into the vehicle that it was built for the UN??

He explained that is why it has a double skin roof and heat reflective glass and an immobiliser switch on the outside back wing above the offside wheel arch.

Two of the larger holes pictured are about 20mm diameter which would suggest a pipe or hose hole rather than a bolt.

I'm only starting to do some research now so not sure how accurate the UN story is.

Cheers

Martin

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Re: Why have I holes in the nearside wheel arch?

Arnie sorry, in answer to your question, the holes are in one side only.

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Re: Why have I holes in the nearside wheel arch?

The normal green-tinted glass blocks infra-read to some extent. If you have metallised, reflective glass, then that must be special-order. Also, double-skin roof would not be normal - for UK at least. I can't see from your avartar pic, but I guess the double-skin roof does not sit on to p of the standard roof panel, Land Rover style?