That's a buncha bolts alright! What glue do you recommend to re-attach the carpet? I have silicone and windshield weatherstripping glue in the cabinet. I was thinking some type of contact cement.
I very glad you recommended removing the panel. Not only did it save the gas tank (I wouldn't have drilled anyway without knowing what's back there), but it made running the CD changer cables and cell phone cables MUCH easier. Thanks!