Guys, don't laugh!!! First let me say I'm 67, so none of you will threaten to come up and take my car away from me.
Bought my '68 so I could get in on all the fun and self satisfaction of turning a wrench on my own car..............(A want to be mechanic)
While putting some gas conditioner in my fuel tank, I dropped the small plastic top into that gapping gas tank hole. It quickly sank to the bottom off to the side where I can't see it.
Looking straight down with a flashlight I can see the metal tube with about a 3" mesh net filter. While I was originally concerned about the cap moving around and restricted the gas flow, I see the mesh will prevent that from happening.
Still I went to Lowe's and bought a thing that is about 24" long, that you push on the end and finger like things extend out so that you can pick things up.
I will keep this in the car and periodically look into the tank. Should the cap be within reach I'll pluck it out.
Other than that are there any real risks or suggestions that you might have to help this "Big Dummy Out?"
Since you've been so kind, I'll share that after it happened, I went and got my long BBQ tongs and was probing around until I realized I was holding it in the tank with only 2 fingers!
Talk about Stupid on Stupid! Well I went to Lowe's and I've already purchased a grabbing device and have it in the car. Like suggested I'll check from time to time and see if it's reachable and pluck it out.
thx for all the valuable advice on various topics and stay tuned for my next opps!!
Vette(s): 1972 conv, 4-speed, 350, 200hp, numbers match, rally wheels, war bonnett yellow w/white top. good condition, nice driver.
Don't feel to bad, I dropped the little paper insert from the cap of the Lukas fuel additive in the tank of my motorcycle. It has not been a problem yet. It's been in there for a while and hasn't quit yet. I used to pick up milk from farms in a bulk truck. I found a toy John Deere tractor in the bottom of the tank at the farm once i got it drained out.
The other day when my tank was a little low on gas I happened to check the tank like I periodically do and sure enough, there was the cap. Using my claw tool, I reached down and plucked the cap out of the tank.........Perserverance and Success!!!
Vette(s): 1972 LT-1 Sunflower coupe
2004 Z06 Machine Silver
Hey, I bought one of those same twofers at Lowes...lol. Good job on your retrieval operation! I had my tank pickup filter rolling around in there for a while. No problem...I eventually had to put in a new sending unit and fixed it all up then. Best of luck!
Vette(s): Used to own a 1979 Corvette now owned by JB79
I've had one of those grabby-tool-thingies for a long time. It's amazing how often they come in handy, not only while working on the car, but around the house! (Think HVAC vents, behind furniture, etc!)
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