When I got my 2001 Beetle last fall, the previous owner left me almost no gas. I had to use the key to pry the door open. Fortunately, it left no marks. So, my first priority was to fix it - that is until I found out what the parts cost and the labor involved. Hmm. Long ago, I owned a Fiat Spider and remember that the gas door had a little lift handle. Perfect! Apologies for not shooting this as I went along, but I'm sure you'll get the idea.
1. Buy an old Fiat Spider gas door on eBay for around $25.