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 #383274  by sparky99
 April 2nd, 2020, 9:20 pm
After seeing Ryan's car at Carlisle (after its paint/body work) I feel in love with the smooth gas door.

so I decided to take the cheap way out... lol.
I started with a graphite metallic gas door, I ended up cutting the raised "triangle" part in half, then cut into the door partially along the outward bends. I then took a hammer (dead blow) and gently tapped in the raised section until it was "flat". I then ground it pretty flat with a grinder. I then welded it up solid at work. I reground everything down best I could and filled in all the low spots with a little body filler.

I sanded the door down until I was happy with it. I then threw a few coats of Bright Silver Metallic (PS2) and about 4 coats of clear.

It got installed today and I'm really happy with how it turned out.

I only have two progress pics and some finished pics.
here they are:



finished product:



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 #383275  by M-Pressive
 April 3rd, 2020, 6:55 am
Looks great, I am a fan of the smoother look of the gas door not having the bump.
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 #383276  by Sneke_Eyez
 April 3rd, 2020, 7:25 am
It looks awesome, Robert! Great work!
I think taking the bump off is a nice small change that helps smooth the side of the car out.
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 #383278  by beespecial
 April 3rd, 2020, 7:41 am
Great work Robert! Looks really good.
 #383279  by dcsally97
 April 3rd, 2020, 7:50 am
Looks awesome. Dumb question, how do you open it?
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 #383280  by Sneke_Eyez
 April 3rd, 2020, 8:50 am
Mine is on a popper from a last generation Chrysler 200. Push the door in a bit and it pops out at you.
I don't quite have the alignment perfect, but it works with some additional grabbing at the door.
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 #383281  by First Lady
 April 3rd, 2020, 4:36 pm
Robert that looks AMAZING!!!!!! I’m totally impressed you did this!!!! Nice work, you should be really proud!!

It’s such a clean look!!
 #383282  by dcsally97
 April 3rd, 2020, 5:30 pm
Ready to do another?
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 #383283  by First Lady
 April 3rd, 2020, 7:06 pm
dcsally97 wrote:Ready to do another?
My thoughts EXACTLY!!!!
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 #383284  by adu1982
 April 3rd, 2020, 9:24 pm
Might be in for one too

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 #383285  by LUNAT1C
 April 3rd, 2020, 9:32 pm
All of you, the line starts behind me.
 #383286  by dcsally97
 April 3rd, 2020, 10:09 pm
Looks like Robert is going to be busy.
 #383289  by StealthM
 April 3rd, 2020, 11:56 pm
Outstanding job Robert.... skilled bodywork is in short supply today. Keep up the good work.
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 #383374  by sparky99
 April 7th, 2020, 8:31 pm
First Lady wrote: April 3rd, 2020, 7:06 pm
dcsally97 wrote:Ready to do another?
My thoughts EXACTLY!!!!
I happen to have 2 (don't know how) PS2 fuel doors lying around.....


P.S. I started on one of them... I figured, if I can make it worth my time..
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 #383378  by First Lady
 April 7th, 2020, 8:54 pm
What setup did you use for the 'popper'?

We've found the travel distance of the one from the 200 was too far....Keith also randomly ordered some from BMWs and they too had too far of a travel distance. Never fear...he's got something up his sleeve to try! Stay tuned!

It's such a classy look to me!!

Hummmm.....if I'm going to get a set of mirrors painted, throwing in a gas door shouldn't cost me much more....I mean....if they're mixing the paint anyway ya know!!