Spent a little time with the M45 Sunday. It occasionally made a scraping noise when going over speed bumps, a quick underneath revealed a somewhat fubar belly pan. Originally I thought maybe it was missing a couple fasteners, thus letting it hang down. Once underneath it looks like maybe it has just been hammered.
IMG_1952.jpg by Shannon, on Flickr
IMG_1954.jpg by Shannon, on Flickr
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Not wanting to spend money on a new huge sheet of plastic I figured I would see what I could do with the heat gun.
IMG_1956.jpg by Shannon, on Flickr
Seems to have come back nicely. I dug through my spare Allroad bits and found these clips which give it a bit more rigidity.
IMG_1958.jpg by Shannon, on Flickr
While not the cause of the sag it was missing a few fasteners. I picked this up awhile back, made it pretty simple to find a few fasteners from my stash of again, spare Allroad bits.
IMG_1959.jpg by Shannon, on Flickr
There was also a bunch of these plastic push lock fasteners missing from the engine covers and inner fender liners. Seven bucks on Amazon and my OCD is satiated.
IMG_1961.jpg by Shannon, on Flickr
I also noticed that the serp belts will need to be replaced sooner than later. The DIY guide on the NICO forums suggests its just a matter of loosening the tension and installing a new belt. The German car owner in me is highly suspicious. Going to pick up a cabin filter and cooled seat filters and do that later in the week.