Two handy shop built tools for working with filler caps

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  1. Bruce Kuda

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    My friend Richard Leyva sent me this cap vice a year ago-- I use it all the time-- and I made a handle for filler caps when buffing !

     
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    Two handy tools :thumbup:
     
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    To loosen that pesky screw, I just unscrew it when the filler cap is screwed onto the tank. Dunno if it's right or wrong but it works for me...
     
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    Great rigs!:thumbup::thumbup:
     
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    My idea, video shows a lot of unnescesarry force with the wrench.
    The wooden handle buffing thingy would also work for the screw....
     
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    That's what I usually do as well but there was one occassion when I had to use a pipe wrench in anger to get the filler cap tight enough to stop the insert rotating when trying to remove that screw.
     
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    lots of ways to do it-- but I am frequently sent caps for replating and with out a lantern to tork it down in-- this little wrench is the cats behind !!! :-)
     
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    Great ideas, handy tools.
    I guess the mini-vice should be made from aluminium, copper or brass in order not to deform the cap?
    Wouldn't the centre bolt(if its steel) create an indentation on the insert with that amount of torque with the wrench?
     
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    the insert in the cap is a flat- solid piece so deforming is not a real issue-- and in the video I was a little over dramatic with the amount of force needed to immobilize the insert !
     
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    over the years I've found the best way to remove that PIA screw is to tighten the cap, place some penetrating oil on the screw and wait a minute or two and simply screw it out. This has pretty much worked for me.
     
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    What @george said.
    Works for me too.
    Cheers
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    That cap vice would've been handy on a couple of stubborn ones I've had. Otherwise, I usually use just a bit of heat from a mini butane torch right on the gasket to soften up the dry, hard ones, then screw on the cap and it compresses and grips well enough to get the screw out.

    Lots of ways to skin a cat/cap.

    Mike.
     

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