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#1 splintercat

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Posted 09 July 2019 - 05:04 PM

Looking at buying a new style petrol cap for my car.

Don't really want one that fits over the one that I already have, like that hideous Aston,  the grub screw thingy, nor do I want  a Monza style with the fiddly brass ring fitment so am after some thing else .......however.....what measurements am I looking at as al the ones I have seen seem to quote internal sizes ranging from 37mm to above 50mm, my car is being worked on at present so don't have it handy to measure..........help apprciated.



#2 cooperd70

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Posted 09 July 2019 - 07:40 PM

I have a brand new replacement std cap from MiniSpares doing nothing. I could post it to you the weekend at the earliest. It's a later non-vented type (bought it for a 1990 998), but the quality is awful (not MiniSpares fault, just all that seems available currently. They don't advertise it as NOS or mega quality or anything).

I never used it, but you could use it for measurements if it sounds suitable. It's for later cars that had petrol breathers on the top of the petrol tank (late 70's onwards I think).

I managed to get a 2nd hand 1990 cap from eBay for mine which was in near mint condition and exactly the same as I have on the car already, so great for a 2nd tank that was going in.

PM me if you'd like the MiniSpares one I have. No charge. Would rather help someone out in a spot. Just can't get it in the post until Sat though.

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 09:08 AM

I have a brand new replacement std cap from MiniSpares doing nothing. I could post it to you the weekend at the earliest. It's a later non-vented type (bought it for a 1990 998), but the quality is awful (not MiniSpares fault, just all that seems available currently. They don't advertise it as NOS or mega quality or anything).

I never used it, but you could use it for measurements if it sounds suitable. It's for later cars that had petrol breathers on the top of the petrol tank (late 70's onwards I think).

I managed to get a 2nd hand 1990 cap from eBay for mine which was in near mint condition and exactly the same as I have on the car already, so great for a 2nd tank that was going in.

PM me if you'd like the MiniSpares one I have. No charge. Would rather help someone out in a spot. Just can't get it in the post until Sat though.

 

What a gent - top mini community marks!



#4 splintercat

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Posted 13 July 2019 - 06:39 PM

I have a brand new replacement std cap from MiniSpares doing nothing. I could post it to you the weekend at the earliest. It's a later non-vented type (bought it for a 1990 998), but the quality is awful (not MiniSpares fault, just all that seems available currently. They don't advertise it as NOS or mega quality or anything).

I never used it, but you could use it for measurements if it sounds suitable. It's for later cars that had petrol breathers on the top of the petrol tank (late 70's onwards I think).

I managed to get a 2nd hand 1990 cap from eBay for mine which was in near mint condition and exactly the same as I have on the car already, so great for a 2nd tank that was going in.

PM me if you'd like the MiniSpares one I have. No charge. Would rather help someone out in a spot. Just can't get it in the post until Sat though.

 

Thank you so much for the offer, unprecedented but I have sourced some really cool bakelite ones that I am sure I can put to good use.

Your offer was both kind and generous and if I can ever return the favour I will....

Thank you again,

Splintercat.

ps .....may catch you at a future show to say thanks in person.

 



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Posted 13 July 2019 - 07:34 PM

NP. I've had some very friendly people help me out along the way, so pay forward wherever I can. Bakelite sounds way cool!! For sure...will be at The Gaydon show on 4th Aug and 99% sure I'll be heading to IMM 😁

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Posted 14 July 2019 - 08:55 AM

NP. I've had some very friendly people help me out along the way, so pay forward wherever I can. Bakelite sounds way cool!! For sure...will be at The Gaydon show on 4th Aug and 99% sure I'll be heading to IMM 😁

Cool.........Hopefully I will make both too, my tinkering is almost completed now, some went good others didn't exactly go to plan but thats what it is all about.

Will catch you there if I can and willl pm you a contact number nearer the date....

cheers

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Posted 14 July 2019 - 12:08 PM

This is what I did for the petrol (gas) cap 

http://www.theminifo...custom-gas-cap/



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Posted 15 July 2019 - 04:52 PM

This is what I did for the petrol (gas) cap 

http://www.theminifo...custom-gas-cap/

 

Am liking that, my idea was similiar in the idea that I didn't like any available ones, so initially looked at some old bakelite ones to modify, however they are too small so iam toying with modifying some vintage brass caps that funnily enough come from the US of A.

will put up some pics if they turn out OK.

 



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Posted 15 July 2019 - 08:26 PM

Look up 'Waso' petrol caps, the pentagonal ones - It's another option. Looks quite big on a mini but very good quality, I got one from my dad's mini and I've had it on mine over 15 years no problems.

 

I could probably take a pic of it with a tape measure for internal fit if you need - but seems to be a 'range' of fits from google searching



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Posted 16 July 2019 - 08:47 PM

I bought one of these erm... decades ago for my mini and thought it was the greatest thing ever then.

 

https://www.ebay.co....f8AAOSwE5BdBOrA

 

This is for a Ford though.


Edited by MikeRotherham, 16 July 2019 - 08:50 PM.


#11 Benoit_Dupont

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Posted 09 August 2019 - 12:28 PM

This is what I did for the petrol (gas) cap 

http://www.theminifo...custom-gas-cap/

Hi, this is really good job, live the idea. How did you make it actually ? Did you have it machined or did you machine it yourself ? 



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Posted 12 August 2019 - 12:39 AM

 

This is what I did for the petrol (gas) cap 

http://www.theminifo...custom-gas-cap/

Hi, this is really good job, live the idea. How did you make it actually ? Did you have it machined or did you machine it yourself ? 

 

I made it myself. I have an old manual metal lathe. It was just a matter of measuring the neck and an old cap and turning a block of aluminum to the shape I sketched. I just repolished it on the lathe as I left it on the roof after filling the tank and drove off, fortunately no one drove over it before I got it off the road.....



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Posted 12 August 2019 - 07:08 AM

thanks for the answer. this is really a good job.






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