[Healeys] Gas cap parts now in tank

Gil Rockwell gilrockwell at gmail.com
Mon Nov 4 08:41:16 MST 2019

I’d  use a long (36”)  retractable claw parts retriever to attempt to latch onto the errant parts.  At least the spring may be retrievable.  You can find these at Harbor Freight and other hardware and auto parts stores.  Saved me many times.


Gil R

1961 B7


From: Healeys [mailto:healeys-bounces at autox.team.net] On Behalf Of Roland Wilhelmy
Sent: Monday, November 04, 2019 10:35 AM
To: Michael Oritt
Cc: healeys at autox.team.net
Subject: Re: [Healeys] Gas cap parts now in tank


Two thoughts. There are baffles in the tank that would keep the errant parts in a limited part of the tank -- maybe where you could even see them if the tank were empty and fish them out. 


Also, the whole tank is steel so a bit more steel isn't going to be a big deal. The pickup tube isn't likely to be interfered with. 


I'll go check my original gas cap to see what a magnet does on the inside of the cap. 




On Mon, Nov 4, 2019, 5:23 AM Michael Oritt <michael.oritt at gmail.com> wrote:

Hi Michael--


Though I don't think the spring could be made of brass perhaps the inner plate is.

Even if so what if anything do you think I should do--beyond getting a new cap?


Best--Michael Oritt


On Mon, Nov 4, 2019 at 8:04 AM Michael Salter <michaelsalter at gmail.com> wrote:

I may be mistaken Michael but I  think they are made of brass.




On Mon, Nov 4, 2019, 7:33 AM Michael Oritt, <michael.oritt at gmail.com> wrote:

Yesterday when I removed the gas cap preparatory to filling the tank the cap came apart and both the spring and inner pressure plate fell into the tank.
Since the tank is steel I am doubtful that I would be successful in extricating the parts by fishing about with a long magnetic wand down the filler neck.
Before removing the tank from the car and shaking it to get the parts out I thought I would ask for opinions on whether this is necessary.  
Given that the two pieces are made of steel what is the worst that could happen? 


Best--Michael Oritt

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