There’s a rubber flap that’s attached to the car just under the gas opening used to protect the car from accidental spillage.
35 yrs and one cold morning later, that rubber flap just broke off.
Picked up a new one from MSA for only $7.95 – Kris and I went to work. You can see the flap retainer is corroded and area under the non-existent flap is a touch rusted and broken.
Sanded the area, picked out the chunks, and bondo’d the gap
Kris sanding the bondo
Meanwhile the retainer is prepped and primed. The battleship gray primer makes me think the car would look good in this…
While the spray can is out, Kris carefully sealed up the gas opening and we primed the gas tank area. There’s a few pits in the bondo, but i’m not too concerned as it’s going to be covered by the flap.
The gas flap retainer gets painted a few coats of primer, then a few coats of the truck bed liner i used on the door scuff plates.
Finally, the gas flap is installed on the 280z. It won’t matter now, but when I get the car painted, it’ll thank me for it. Like a bib for an old car…