124 Hood Ornament

I don't remember replacement of these being so difficult; back in the days of the Beastie Boys when they were getting stolen right and left I recall
just sticking an adjustable pliers up there and clamping on, pulling down slightly and rotating a 1/4 turn. Are these different than the 123's? I can't hardly see the damn thing to turn it and there seems to be two slots on each ear - is there a special tool involved? Thanks in advance.
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Still the same. Sometime you have to squeeze the two tabs inward to get it to slip past the opening. Look up an line up the tabs to the openings.
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It's a complete pain in the ass, isn't it? In fact, I once saw a book of phrase definitions, and the illustration that accom- panied the definition for "pain in the ass" depicted some guy installing a hood ornament on a W124 radiator shell.
No special tool is required, just persistence. I transferred mine over when I replaced my car's grille after hitting a deer. After spending about an hour on it, I said "Screw this" and took it to my mechanic. He said he didn't use any special tools, either, and denied that there was any special trick to it.
(Then I hit another deer two months later, and the car was totalled. Oh, well.)
Geoff 1987 300SDL (278K mi.) 1991 300D 2.5 (RIP)
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Hit an errant horse one very dark and drizzly night.. Kinda trashed the Volvo I was driving.. but was repairable..The horse, wasn't
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