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post #1 of 8 Old 11-27-2013, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
 
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Need assistance: louvered GTB fuel lid broke

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Does anybody on here have any experience replacing a 3X8 GTB louvered fuel filler lid/flap? Mine broke off at the upper and lower hinge pins. The 25 year old brittle plastic finally gave up.

I feel I can Gorilla Glue the little plastic bits back onto the broken lid. Either that up pony up ~$300 for a NOS one!

My question: the flap's hinge pins attach the the rearmost quarter-glass vertical metal trim piece. There's a small metal tube at the rear of this piece that acts as the vertical hinge mount. It looks like the entire window trim piece would have to be removed, which is proving to be a pain! Inside the filler door is a riveted secure panel that traps this upright metal window trim. It would have to be drilled out in order to access/remove the vertical window trim. Pain in the AZZ! So, has anybody tackled this? It would be great if there were a simple, logical way to to this, but then again, our car were built in Italy, so that's just wishful thinking!
It would be cool if the little hinge pins were spring-loaded and could be pressed down and then put in place, without having to remove the window trim piece. I don't think they are though…

Could use some ideas before I start to tear that area apart…. !!

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post #2 of 8 Old 11-27-2013, 12:02 PM
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Don't have any GTB's around to look at and understand what the trouble is.

Maybe if you could get a good picture of it.
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post #3 of 8 Old 11-27-2013, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
 
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Pics..

Here are some pics of the lid, and access area.

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post #4 of 8 Old 11-29-2013, 09:27 AM
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I am sorry but I cannot see enough in the pictures to give any advice. I guess I really need to see it.
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post #5 of 8 Old 11-29-2013, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
 
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Brian,
Thanks for responding. I guess I'm hoping somebody who has replaced one of these will be able to share how it was done. Hard to see, but on the plastic lid the upper and lower points that house the hinge pins broke off.

It would be ideal if the pins were spring-loaded and could be pressed down and placed back in the hinge tube on the trailing-edge window frame. Otherwise it appears that the quarter glass window's rear upright frame section will have to come off. Looks complicated….

Has anybody ever removed the GTB's rear quarter glass metal surrounds, for any reason?

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post #6 of 8 Old 11-29-2013, 04:51 PM
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Greg,
Paul Newman has pulled them off 308s. I would assume it would be the same task on a 328.

Maybe send him a PM?

Good luck.

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Is Paul N. his username?
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post #8 of 8 Old 11-29-2013, 05:04 PM
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I think its Newman only.

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