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Petrol cap

Post by JC. » Tue Sep 15, 2015 2:34 am

Another one for the silly list of jobs to sort out... I've only got 1 key for the petrol cap on our '81 2.8 injection. However, the cap I have is black and says "CAPRI II" on it, is quite fiddly to get off and isn't in fantastic condition.
If it's the proper thing I'll get a key cut for it, but if it's not I'd prefer to source another as the mechnism is corroded and stiff.

Should the ignition key fit the fuel cap too? It fits every other lock on the car. The ignition key has a little LED on it that lights up if you press a button much like the sort of thing you'd find on a 90's BMW. Not sure if thats original spec or not? It seems a bit too new looking for 1981 to my unexperienced eyes so I'm wondering if a newer key has been adapted for the car or something?

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Re: Petrol cap

Post by atomic4 » Tue Sep 15, 2015 8:47 am

The ignition key should not fit your petrol cap. The cap has it's own individual key for that. Try some wd40 on the internal mechanism. That should hopefully sort it out if it's stiff to lock or open. :goodluck:

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Re: Petrol cap

Post by sheff » Tue Sep 15, 2015 8:48 am

Hi Jon,

It is a separate key so yours is probably correct. If you can't get yours to work properly you could try one of these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Locking-STAIN ... 2eb5b93605. I've been thinking about getting one myself, so let us know what you think if you buy one.

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Re: Petrol cap

Post by stevemarl » Tue Sep 15, 2015 8:53 am

As said previously, it is a different key. The `Capri II` is correct also, although they were originally just plated, so a previous owner must have painted it black?
The torch key was also a period feature, although I thought they came out after `81. I`d look after it because the last ones, NOS, are on ebay at £150 each http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-GENUINE-F ... 419ad9c256

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Re: Petrol cap

Post by Andrew 2.8i » Tue Sep 15, 2015 7:47 pm

stevemarl wrote: I`d look after it because the last ones, NOS, are on ebay at £150 each
Hi,
I agree with Steve. Get a replacement key cut for regular use and keep the torch key for special occasions. If it gets damaged it will be costly to replace...

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Re: Petrol cap

Post by Andrew 2.8i » Tue Sep 15, 2015 7:53 pm

JC. wrote: I've only got 1 key for the petrol cap on our '81 2.8 injection. However, the cap I have is black and says "CAPRI II" on it, is quite fiddly to get off and isn't in fantastic condition.
Hi Jon,
Martin at Caprigear might have one for sale, it's worth asking. failing that, they do come up for sale every now and again on Ebay.

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Re: Petrol cap

Post by Dansta » Wed Sep 16, 2015 3:09 pm

[quote="sheff"]Hi Jon,

It is a separate key so yours is probably correct. If you can't get yours to work properly you could try one of these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Locking-STAIN ... 2eb5b93605. I've been thinking about getting one myself, so let us know what you think if you buy one.

All the best

Hi, one of these Fahler jobs arrived today. It fitted fine.

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Re: Petrol cap

Post by stevemarl » Wed Sep 16, 2015 3:28 pm

Apart from being stainless I think that`s pretty close to the original. Not bad at all.

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Re: Petrol cap

Post by JC. » Fri Sep 18, 2015 7:59 pm

Thanks for the heads up, gents. The one I have is a sort of crackle finish black plastic effort?
From what I've seen on ebay adverts they seem to be suitable for MGB's too? Which is handy as I've got plenty of MGB parts in boxes including a new petrol cap. Just need to dig it out! That'll be fun... :lol:

Cheers,

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Re: Petrol cap

Post by jrooney1991 » Wed May 15, 2019 10:19 pm

Reviving an old thread here... Petrol cap on mine is seized solid. Key won't budge and neither will the cap... Tried WD40 down the barrel and still no movement....if I just pull the arse out of it will the cap pins give way, or will it be the filler neck that gives way?

Going to be interesting getting petrol into it otherwise.... :swear:
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Re: Petrol cap

Post by Jasonmarie » Thu May 16, 2019 8:17 am

A old trick I was told was to remove the petrol cap with the engine running if the cap does not move also try some 3-1 oil as WD40 is a no no for locks as it attracts the dirt .
Never tried this myself
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Re: Petrol cap

Post by D366Y » Thu May 16, 2019 8:47 am

Mine was stiff recently, dabbed petrol onto mine instead and did a better job than WD40 to loosen it up so if you have a spare can may be worth a gentle dab?

Not sure what will break first though if you just yank it...

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Re: Petrol cap

Post by Jasonmarie » Thu May 16, 2019 11:17 am

D366Y wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 8:47 am
Mine was stiff recently, dabbed petrol onto mine instead and did a better job than WD40 to loosen it up so if you have a spare can may be worth a gentle dab?

Not sure what will break first though if you just yank it...
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Re: Petrol cap

Post by D366Y » Thu May 16, 2019 12:08 pm

Jasonmarie wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 11:17 am
D366Y wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 8:47 am
Mine was stiff recently, dabbed petrol onto mine instead and did a better job than WD40 to loosen it up so if you have a spare can may be worth a gentle dab?

Not sure what will break first though if you just yank it...
Don’t think he was asking about your Amsterdam trip Dan :lol:
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Re: Petrol cap

Post by Fordoholic Nick » Sun May 19, 2019 10:30 am

D366Y wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 8:47 am
Mine was stiff recently
D366Y wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 8:47 am
dabbed petrol onto mine
D366Y wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 8:47 am
did a job to loosen it up
D366Y wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 8:47 am
worth a gentle yank
Bleedin Hell Danny !! Jason was right. Think you might have posted this on the wrong forum mate but glad you got it all sorted and got your cap off !!! :shock: :shock:
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Re: Petrol cap

Post by Fordoholic Nick » Sun May 19, 2019 10:33 am

Ps. I just ordered a new petrol cap from that link Neil put up in 2015 !! You can still buy the same one ! Mine is a black plastic one and was getting a bit stiff ( :shock: ) so this s/s one looks much better. Thanks for that link four years ago Neil :lol:
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