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Locking Fuel Cap

PostPost by: types26/36 » Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:37 pm

Can anyone tell me what type of key (make/code...FP FS etc or other) is used on a locking cap.
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PostPost by: GrUmPyBoDgEr » Fri Jun 24, 2011 7:56 pm

As far as I know a locking fuel cap was not standard on our Elans.
The locking alternative does however look identical.
Sorry, cannot offer any other further help with your question.

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PostPost by: Galwaylotus » Fri Jun 24, 2011 8:17 pm

GrUmPyBoDgEr wrote:As far as I know a locking fuel cap was not standard on our Elans.

Fuel was cheap back in the day!! :roll:
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PostPost by: nebogipfel » Fri Jun 24, 2011 8:39 pm

Can't help with your question.

I'm not sure they are a good idea anyway. If someone is going to nick your petrol they'll just lever it off and take the petrol but probably damage your car in the process.

They were not fitted as OE

Susan Miller stocks the correct non-locking version
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PostPost by: Jason1 » Fri Jun 24, 2011 8:40 pm

just looked at mine FT135.
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PostPost by: Galwaylotus » Fri Jun 24, 2011 8:46 pm

Jason,
Looks like we can all get duplicate keys for your fuel tank now! You may want to delete details from your posting. :shock:
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PostPost by: types26/36 » Fri Jun 24, 2011 8:55 pm

nebogipfel wrote:I'm not sure they are a good idea anyway. If someone is going to nick your petrol they'll just lever it off and take the petrol but probably damage your car in the process.


Well I suppose the same argument could be put forward about the door locks, if they are going to break into it and steal your belongings then why lock it ........if it is a soft top a quick slash with a knife.... may be Mr. Chapman should have saved money and not fitted the door locks at all :roll:
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PostPost by: types26/36 » Fri Jun 24, 2011 8:58 pm

Jason1 wrote:just looked at mine FT


Thanks Jason, I'll check out "FT's) unless others post differing code Letters.
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PostPost by: bob_rich » Fri Jun 24, 2011 9:05 pm

Hi

The key on my cap says L F England and on the other side there is a 5 digit number. The key only has a key groove on one side. I got the cap from Sue miller a week or so ago only about a quid more than the standard one

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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Fri Jun 24, 2011 9:41 pm

Brian

Mine is an FS to match all the other locks,can't remember which I changed to get the match

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PostPost by: billwill » Sat Jun 25, 2011 2:33 am

types26/36 wrote:
nebogipfel wrote:I'm not sure they are a good idea anyway. If someone is going to nick your petrol they'll just lever it off and take the petrol but probably damage your car in the process.


Well I suppose the same argument could be put forward about the door locks, if they are going to break into it and steal your belongings then why lock it ........if it is a soft top a quick slash with a knife.... may be Mr. Chapman should have saved money and not fitted the door locks at all :roll:



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PostPost by: reb53 » Sat Jun 25, 2011 6:08 am

"L F Telford" and a 9 digit number.

Weren't the non original locking versions the same cap as fitted to Norton Commando 'bikes?

Maybe time to find the Norton forum.. :)

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PostPost by: 69S4 » Sat Jun 25, 2011 7:24 am

types26/36 wrote:
Well I suppose the same argument could be put forward about the door locks, if they are going to break into it and steal your belongings then why lock it ........if it is a soft top a quick slash with a knife.... may be Mr. Chapman should have saved money and not fitted the door locks at all :roll:



He might as well have for all the good the locks are. Some years ago I had my FHC stolen. They were past the door locks in under 30 secs. There are days when it takes me longer than that with the proper key. The ignition switch didn't detain them for very long either. The only good thing was that the locks were so simple to bypass that they didn't do any damage.

Fortunately my last line of defense held out. With only half a gallon of petrol in the tank they didn't get very far. It ran out of fuel in the middle of nowhere and they abandoned it. (then the real robbers arrived - the police took it to their "crime lab" for fingerprinting etc and I got charged for storage!)
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PostPost by: Jason1 » Sat Jun 25, 2011 7:41 am

Jason,
Looks like we can all get duplicate keys for your fuel tank now! You may want to delete details from your posting.


:lol: :lol: Help yourself; it's empty anyway.

We had a spat of fuel thefts in customers cars back in the day. None were removed via the filler as this was too much like hard work; thief cut the fuel line and put a container underneath, went away and picked up the container later.


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PostPost by: nebogipfel » Sat Jun 25, 2011 7:44 am

types26/36 wrote:........if it is a soft top a quick slash with a knife....


Or just unclip the hood :roll: :wink:

A better solution is an anti-siphon device in the filler neck as is the case with most modern cars but then they just drill the tank and take it out that way :!:
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