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Well folks went to fill up with petrol last week and filler cap flap nearly came off in my hands I then taped up with duct tape for a temporary solution ďbig mistakeĒ so after a few nights the local kids must see this as a target and pull the whole thing off I phone the police to report but they say it is not malicious damage because it was taped up.

I did explain that it was on car the night before and in the morning on the grass in my garden however I canít claim off the insurance.

My question is what the bloody hell do I do now I canít shift the remains of duct tape, what work will it need and what price am I looking at. If I couldn't smile I would cry.

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to remove the residue youll need to use t&g remover(tar and glue)

as for the rust. you have left this way to long,and will need plating/possibly a panel ?

i was reading a comment posted by VelSatisfied and he stated
"inspect your car regularly" this is so true which a lot of people just dont seem to do, they leave things to long then the inevitable happens the rust is beyond a repair other than build a plate(which will cost a lot of money), people miss the fuel area when washing not drying the inside also people let over spill of diesel or petrol which will also accelerate rust if not removed

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Blimey,that is rusty!

I think you'd have a job to plate it due to it's shape,so you really only have two options.

1/leave it and live with it

2/Find a Clio in a breakers yard with a good panel,cut the section out and have it welded into yours.A new panel would be extremely expensive as I strongly suspect that you'd have to buy a new rear quarter panel..A decent body shop could join the second hand panel in and fill over the join and paint it,but not even that will be particularly cheap,especially as the tank and filler neck would have to be removed before you went anywhere near it with a welder!

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Originally Posted by DEEJAY 225 View Post

sorry to be so blunt
I know I have been sloppy so dont worry about been blunt DEEJAY a few other people will look at this and learn of someone else's mistake.

Regarding a possible fix I took it down to local body shop and a quote of £300 + VAT Ouch.

I think he was thinking lagdti's second solution say he can get a quaterpanel cut out and weld.
Thanks for the input.

I will be going for option 1 at the moment as I have just been down to kwick-fit and they are quoting me £339 for new exhaust

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There is a possible alternative option - but its a fair amount of work involved.

Find a scrapped Clio, but rather than just taking the cover off it - you would need to strip out the interior trim (and possibly wheelarch liner) to assess how much 'metal' along with the hinge you would need to ensure there was sufficient contact. The cover could be detatched as the fixing panel was tack welded into place - the fuel tank & pipework would need to be dropped for safety's sake. Whilst you are at it - get the rusty areas sandblasted, treated and filled, then re-paint (along with the cover, if needed). Put the tank & pipework back into place, and fix the flap back into place.

If you are handy with a toolkit, then its really only the welding which would pose any real difficulty - I'm sure there are mobile services out there who could assist/advise further.

Whilst you are getting the exhaust (shop around, I'm sure you can get even a custom system for less than what you've been quoted), take the opportunity to view under the car to assess its overall condition - you don't want to throw money at this problem, only for another (more serious one) to raise its head.

Hope this helps.


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