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What a great post! Thank you for troubling to write it. Your tips are invaluable. One of my tasks for the winter months is to remove the floor liner and have a good look at the floor pan. I'm sure I'll be returning to this post often.
I have a post in another thread about using a plastic sheet over the top of the tank bulkhead to overlap the rear mat upper lips behind the bulkhead trim panel to try and mitigate any water coming in via the top of the "B" post getting into into to floor pan. Again not perfect but without this mod then water just goes down the fuel tank bulkhead and strait into the rear lower lower floor pan area.

Regarding any visible cuts then you can use "H" section (with curved upper profile) rubber strips to make a really neat and professional finish.

I/we are lucky in that our "B" is a 2005 model so many years younger than many MkI "B"s and managed to get ahead of matters in a mmore recent time frame.

Another area where we were always drying out with difficulty was the folded hood compartment. A real difficult area to strip out. In the end I removed the bottom part of the liner leaving the fitted walls all intact and we have an easily removable and checkable black cotton towel laid in the bottom. One can also easily see and treat and paint/corrosion. Again all pretty invisible with hood up or down.

What I don't like and accept about the mods I make is that the car is no longer original, concourse, etc. but at least she is still on the road and being enjoyed.
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s130 is always so very helpful and very knowledgeable. His advice has helped me out a few times.
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Mine's a 1998 model, but it's not been out in the rain since I bought it in 2006, so I'm hopeful that it's sound underneath, and I'd like to keep it that way! I take your point about originality, but judging by the numbers of Bs that get scrapped because of rust, I'd rather have one that's 99% original than one that's headed for the crusher.

On a related point, are replacement floor liners available?
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s130 is always so very helpful and very knowledgeable. His advice has helped me out a few times.
Big blush .... thank you for your kind comment/support

What I would like to add for all is that I and others sometimes get things wrong and where I have I've tried to correct. WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT is that we exchanged both good and bad posts, correctly and politely point out errors or differences of opinions AND THAT WAY we all collectively learn and support each other.

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On a related point, are replacement floor liners available?
You might be lucky: (I can only check to year 2014 on last Fiat ePER on DVD!)

Early B (CF2) : P/N:170470080 - no longer available
Later B (CF3) : P/N:183414280 - Product Can Be Ordered - no price listed

However I suspect Fiat parts computer will now say NO. They were *very* expensive as well. 3 if not 4 digit prices.

If you can locate the later CF3 mat for your then I think the only differences are:

1) On CF3 : Flap under driver's seat for OBD socket
2) On CF3 : Bulge / Throttle pedal stop (bit like a foot rest)

On the later CF3 models the throttle control is a "fly by wire" job which could be easily broken if if the pedal was pushed hard to the floor. I don't think the early CF2 models with a throttle cable had this. Maybe you can confirm?
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