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Old 08-23-2010, 07:22 PM   #1
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Default Gas tank strainer removal

How is the strainer in the top of the gas tank removed?
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Old 08-23-2010, 07:31 PM   #2
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Bratton's supplies a tool to help in removing the threaded screw filler screens. Their part number is 12930. Other suppliers may have the same type of tool. I am not sure about the other type screens, but I think they can be removed easily with two fingers. I am sure someone will correct me if I am wrong. Don/WI
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Right on Don. I have a tool somewhere but have not been able to find it to install my strainer. Must be in a special place where I would not forget where it is! Age has its moments.
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Old 08-23-2010, 07:59 PM   #4
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I notice there are 4 notches in the upper annulus. I assume the tool engages these and the strainer screws out.????
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Old 08-23-2010, 08:21 PM   #5
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That's right, Russ. Mine will back out with finger pressure.
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Old 08-23-2010, 08:49 PM   #6
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Aren't there two kinds? One screws in/out with regular threads; the other is sort of a turn-and-lock deal. Similar to the 28-29 vs. 30-31 radiator/gas caps.

BTW, I think the concept is not so much strainer as flame arrestor.

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Old 08-23-2010, 10:24 PM   #7
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Thank You!
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Old 08-24-2010, 10:39 AM   #8
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I notice there are 4 notches in the upper annulus. I assume the tool engages these and the strainer screws out.????
Yes, the tool I had and cannot find, had 4 things that stuck out of a circle thing and fit in those 4 notches. It also had a square hole in the center to put a tool in to be able to turn it.
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Old 08-24-2010, 10:44 AM   #9
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My screen is long gone but the top part of it is still screwed in place and stuck. I've tried WD40 and Kroil withno luck. What's next?
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Old 08-24-2010, 10:51 AM   #10
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I have used a srew driver with a hammer to tap it loose,
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Old 08-24-2010, 01:34 PM   #11
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I had the tab type and used a magnet on a stick to remove it from the bottom of the tank when the upper ring and screen itself parted company.
Good thing it wasn't brass or I'd have to live with yet another rattle.
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Old 08-24-2010, 01:42 PM   #12
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FLAME ARRESTOR!?

Do you mean to tell me that on top of having no seatbelts, no turn indicators, only one brakelight, 32 candlepower headlamps, plate glass windows, doors that often fly open by themselves, and an occasional puddle of fuel on the floorboard that I am also subject to have flames in my gastank?

We are doomed.
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Old 08-24-2010, 03:04 PM   #13
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...Good thing it wasn't brass or I'd have to live with yet another rattle.
Believe me, that thing is capable of rattling. Mine only did it while backing down from speed; it was a bear to track down!

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Old 08-24-2010, 03:09 PM   #14
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FLAME ARRESTOR!?
... We are doomed.
Not if you leave the flame arrestor in, and resist the temptation to make it easier to fill up at the gas station.

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Old 08-24-2010, 04:56 PM   #15
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I just ordered a replacement because the pump nozzle bangs against the gas guage float without it. Or something cause without the screen in place the gauge bounces all over the place while filling.
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I just ordered a replacement because the pump nozzle bangs against the gas guage float without it. Or something cause without the screen in place the gauge bounces all over the place while filling.
I have read on the Barn that some people have a problem with the strainer when you put the nozzzle into the tank. I don't know for sure because we live in Oregon where you cannot pump your own gas.
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Old 08-24-2010, 05:45 PM   #17
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The screen is actual a spark arrestor.

For Filling your A Gas Tank:

Get a piece of PVC pipe that is almost the size of the filler hole, with a shoulder on it so it will not fall into the tank make it about 2 1/2 " long, with 1" to enter the tank opening.
Works wonderful with the new auto shut off nozzle.

I carry one in my A's.

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Old 08-24-2010, 06:20 PM   #18
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To remore the ring I've used two different methods. First I found a piece of steel bar stock laying around that was about the size of the slot width, ( I may have had to grind it slightly?) and wide enough to go into both slots (across from each other) at the same time. I made it long enough to stick out of the filler hole to allowed the use of a Crescent wrench to turn and remove the stubborn little rascal. The second option is similar. Using the other of the first tool and grind points on both sides of the bar big enough to dig into the metal ring (by taping it in with a small hammer) but not big enough to damage the threads in the tank and not to small to slide into the tank. (You're making your own easy out) Granted these aren't Hi-Tech but you normally only need to use it once or twice?
Hope this helps?
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Old 08-24-2010, 07:10 PM   #19
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I'll try making the tool, it should be easy compared to the many other things one must finagle when restoring one of these cars. Thanks for the comments.
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