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HELP!-FUEL DOORS??!!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by fleetmaster, Nov 13, 2004.

  1. fleetmaster
    Joined: Jan 21, 2004
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    well, with the body work stage of the ol' 47 fast approaching, i figured i better order that fuel door. i found some made by Hagan in the RBs catalog for $115. i was wondering if anyone knew of other compnaies that made them for a more economical price. also, it will be going on a 47 chevy coupe. now, the catalog talked about flat or curved ones with either 45 degree or 90 degree spouts. which is the one for me? thanks-fleet
     
  2. Gr8ballsofir
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    try Chevs of the 40's??
     
  3. fleetmaster
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    ya-i checked their website-nothing. but, i'll run out to the shop and take a look at one of their catalogs.
     
  4. HotRod31
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    Why not save yourself a hundred bucks and go to your local junk yard and cut one out of a wreck. You can find round ones or sqare ones [​IMG]

    Later, Mark
     

  5. fab32
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    What Hotrod31 said.

    Frank
     
  6. Canuck
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    On a 47 Chevy, used a round one out of a late 70's Cougar/T-bird. Cut the section out of the fender and also took the filler neck and hoses from the tank. Gave a slight curve to assembly and welded in same location as original filler. Used the filler neck and hosed to attach to a tank out of a Chevy Monza. Almost a bolt in, just needed a little clearance for the sender unit on top of the tank. whole thing probably cost less than $25.
     
  7. NITROFC
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    I also use one from a 80's Cougar or T-bird... [​IMG]
     

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  8. Muttley
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    Just run a hose inside the trunk so you dont have to worry about it at all.
     
  9. MercMan1951
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    I'm confused. Late 70's (77-79) Cougars and T-Birds have square fuel doors. Are you speaking of the earlier ones? I know the 83-88 Cougars and Thunderbirds are round, those would be easier to find as well. [​IMG]
     
  10. PUT IT HIGH ON THE FENDER WHERE IT LOOKS BEST-Take the plastic ones off the '80s Gm vehicles and Heat them with a propane torch till soft-[then with weldin gloves on]- bend it over a peice of large pipe [or your fender curve] and spray it with cold water and it will then reset it and hold that NEW shape. only the bussiness coupe had the cap on the quarter..if thats the case use a small rectangular or tapered on as the round one sticks out like a bruised dick in that location on your chevy. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  11. fleetmaster
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    the original filler was on the high-rear fender. i am thinkin round for that. thanks for all the great advice-this could save a ton of cash!
     
  12. the lids unbolt on those- I always used a flat peice of sheet steel 4" wide formed to a circle the right size for the lid-weld that in and bolt the plastic lid to that....
     
  13. klazurfer
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    Fuel door ..? .. What is wrong with the Stock location ? Well ,.. if it is ugly , then just relocate it inside the trunk . If you want it located outside the body ( for safety ), then "hide" it behind the license plate .Lotta body-work saved !!. AND ,adding a Fuel-door is kinda street-roddish ... My 2 Koronas ... [​IMG]
     
  14. fleetmaster
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    ya-i know its kinda street roddish-but i think it will really clean up that rear fender. plus, it was my dad's idea-in his honor i am building it his way ( plus i like the idea).
     
  15. Hotrod31 has the right idea.

    I'd go one step further and make a template you could use to check the curve from the donor car.

    A short piece of 3/8 - 1/2" veneer plywood about 10 - 12" long with the longitudinal curve on one side and the transverse curve on the other that matches your car is easy to make and could get you very close to the curved fuel door you need.

    Japanese cars usually have a nice door with a well inside. They fit many of the vehicles we tend to build.
     
  16. Another choice, but a little weird, is to cut out the filler from a newer sport motorcycle then weld it to the car body.
    Depends on what look you're after.
    BTW, Mercedes fillers have the hinge arranged in such a way that pushing on the leading edge opens the door; no need for a finger cutout (cleaner looking). Also, most European cars have fuel filler locks, no doubt due to the cost of the vital essence over there.
    Cosmo
     

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