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#1 1993TransAm

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Posted 01 April 2010 - 08:29 AM

Okay guys,
Does anyone here know how to remove the fuel filler door from a 4th gen vehicle, specifically a 1993? If it involves completely disassembling the back half of the car from the inside out to unbolt the hinge, don't bother posting that.

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Posted 01 April 2010 - 09:57 AM

Sounds like you just have to remove the filler pocket assembly and then drill out the four rivets. I will post an illustration in a few minutes.

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Posted 01 April 2010 - 02:30 PM

Bob,
If the hinge assembly is riveted in, it's riveted in from the inside out and there's simply no way to get a drill in there. You'd have to start removing panels from inside the quarter. I removed the pocket and felt around the hinge with my hand and there's just no way to remove it. It makes me wonder what has to be done if for some reason your fuel door gets damaged and it needs to be replaced. Unbelievable.

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1992 Pontiac Richard Petty Special Edition Grand Prix SE

1992 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme SL
1988 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz
1993 Chevrolet Lumina Z34
1990 Chevrolet Beretta Indy

1992 Chevrolet Corvette

2017 Honda Civic EX-T Coupe

 

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Posted 01 April 2010 - 02:57 PM

Bob,
If the hinge assembly is riveted in, it's riveted in from the inside out and there's simply no way to get a drill in there. You'd have to start removing panels from inside the quarter. I removed the pocket and felt around the hinge with my hand and there's just no way to remove it. It makes me wonder what has to be done if for some reason your fuel door gets damaged and it needs to be replaced. Unbelievable.


I can only tell you what the shop manual says, and that is what it says, unless yours is different. Here is the illustration. Of course, put your fuel cap on before you start drilling.

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Posted 01 April 2010 - 05:07 PM

Bob,
Now this is funny. I was staring at those rivets and I never thought that they fastened the door into the opening. This is because I looked at an exploded diagram of the fuel door on a parts website and the hinge assembly looked different. Thanks for the post!

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Posted 04 April 2010 - 12:00 PM

Bob,
The fuel door came out just like the shop manual says. Here are pictures of the work in progress and the finished product:

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1990 Chevrolet Beretta Indy

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2017 Honda Civic EX-T Coupe

 

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Posted 04 April 2010 - 12:11 PM

Bob,
I consider this matter "resolved," so feel free to move this topic. Thanks again!

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1992 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme SL
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Posted 04 April 2010 - 01:17 PM

Very nice Simon, glad that diagram helped. I will move the thread. Thanks for the update. :NEWBALLOONS3:




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