Fractures in body panels

by David Orth


Hi John,

My M5 was full of cracks when I got it. The fenders had cracks and breaks in the rolled edges in the wheel openings, at the inner edge of the fenders at the mounting flange and around the stiffening plates. The hood had a fracture across the U-shaped stiffener that is an inch or so from the back edge of the hood. The doors at lower part of the the window openings were cracked. The bed had several cracks as did the tailgate. Some spot welds were broken loose as well. I can only guess that miles of bumpy roads and high carbon content steel made those big flappy sheet metal parts vulnerable to stress cracks.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012, 10:31 PM
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