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Need help removing bumper cover nut from underneath the headlights of a 2004 SLK32 AMG

I have a 2004 SLK 32 AMG
SLK World Forum Aug-14-2019 I.m new to the site. I need some help getting the headlights out to change the Bumper cover. The bumper cover is cracked and needs a new one. I do not see how the lights come out there are two screws on the top of the light assy. and these were easy to remove. But there seems to be one holding at the bottom underneath the light assy. through the fender and into the bumper cover and bumper cover bracket. I thought that the two on top would be loose and then I could slide the light out forward or up and out like most cars. One stud attached to the bottom flange of the fender points down and through the bumper cover and bracket where there is a nut to unscrew this was easy to remove. The other stud dosen't seem to be attached to the fender but seems to be through the bottom of the headlight plastic base, then through the bumper cover the fender and then the bracket and there is one of those flat nuts that is attached to the bracket and there is no way to turn it. It appears that the screw must be turned from the top under the headlight but there is no way to get the headlight out with the screw attached. I don't want to pull on the headlight any more and break it. I have tried using a plain hacksaw blade from under neath and cut the stud off but I still can;t get the screw loose now. I read somewhere on this site but now I can't find the thread that someone else did the same thing to get the headlight out. I think today I am going to use a small hand grinder and from inside the fender well I'm going to grind down whats left of the sawed off stud till it comes off. Then come up with some better fastener to attach the new bumper cover to the fender when it's ready. At least use a screw that you can remove the nut from inside the fender well like the other nut. Does anyone know where that thread on removing the headlights is that I saw posted on this site? Dose anyone have any better suggestions ? Is there anyone else who has dealt with this specific problem with this model car, I'm sure every year is different. I can't see why Hans at MB had to make this so difficult to remove. Are there some exploded views and reference drawings showing how the bumper cover and fenders and headlights are all attached. I can send photos later after I resize them smaller for the forum. Thanks for any help.
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