Help to locate side skirt clips

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Hello again all
I haven't been on the site for some time mainly because my 2001 CLK convertible has sat in my garage waiting for me to find the time to sort out a severe rust problem in all wheel arches, around front grill and boot lid, which had rusted away above the lock to create a 5" long hole about a half an inch wide. Well Covid-19 has given me that time and I have spent the last 8 weeks grinding out the rust, treating, filling and painting. Throw in changing a broken front coil spring which I didn't know I had and it was a sizable task for an amateur and am very please with the results. I have done some repairs on my side skirts but when I had a good look at them I found that there were 4 different clips that hold them on. I have managed to locate 3 of them but the final one, of which there are 5 each side, are the one that fix the skirts from the rear of the doors to the wheel arch. I have found it impossible to locate them online and with my local Merc dealer closed for spares I am a bit stuck. I have attached 3 pics and you will see that there is one prong at the top and 2 at the bottom and they insert between 2 plastic rails moulded into the inside of the side skirt. I look forward to some help and then another CLK will be back on the road. Cheers All 20200513_152959.jpg 20200513_153005.jpg 20200513_153025.jpg
 

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Not sure if THESE are the clips you need, if not then their website has several others which may do the job?

Failing that, there's an eBay store which also specialises in unusual clips HERE. It is in the US unfortunately but they are quick with shipping, I had cause to use them when I had my Jeeps. :)
 
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Thanks guys for your replies. Grangemouth MB is closed like the rest of them for parts and there is certainly no-one to talk to. Daveenty, I have had look through the clips you suggest on Ebay and in the US and none appear that they will work. Kev555, I agree that 3D printing is probably the best option. I have a guy in the village where I live that has already printed me some of the clips that connect the 4 'peaks' on the front bumper to the headlamp mounting. He going to have a look and try and sort me. I just wanted to buy them and be done but 3D appears to be my route. I'll post a picture for the benefit of other who may not realise what 3D printing can now do. Thanks again for the feedback.
 
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As promised, but mainly for the benefit of anyone who has not seen the results of 3d printing my friend has made me a prototype clip which fits perfectly. He made the yellow one and it takes about 40 minutes to print. He did say it was difficult to model simply because of its bizarre shape and multi angles. Anyone, he is printing the rest and I am now sorted. Thanks again for replies. Hopefully through the MOT on Monday. 20200516_121947.jpg
 

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