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Girling cap removing tool / spanner

PostPost by: alexblack13 » Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:21 pm

Hi Guys,

Has anyone noticed the neat little tool for removing the Girling Master cyl' caps on our cars that has been for sale recently?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/181023440944? ... 1497.l2649

Have not tried it yet but looks ideal to me. It will be tested soon and I will report back. (no connections etc etc)

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PostPost by: AlfaLofa » Sat Dec 15, 2012 2:57 pm

I bought one a couple of weeks ago.

I'll keep it in the glove box.

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PostPost by: alan.barker » Sat Dec 15, 2012 3:43 pm

i just use a pair of rubber gardening gloves no problem
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PostPost by: AussieJohn » Sat Dec 15, 2012 4:15 pm

I find the old angle-grinder and axe method never fails. [ Sorry, I'll get my coat ]
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PostPost by: alexblack13 » Sat Dec 15, 2012 4:33 pm

AussieJohn wrote:I find the old angle-grinder and axe method never fails. [ Sorry, I'll get my coat ]



:lol: :lol:

I have tried a couple of 'things'... Last tried was a rubber jar opener. Failed! Thought I would give this little spanner a go as only checking (between fluid changes) when the carbs are off is just not a good idea & I just can't move them by hand most times. Arthritis etc.... :?

Have you tried it yet AlfaLofa? Report on my desk first thing Monday.

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PostPost by: Matt Elan » Sat Dec 15, 2012 9:38 pm

Anyone who posts up a picture of a stromberg engine bay gets my vote :D
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PostPost by: GrUmPyBoDgEr » Sat Dec 15, 2012 11:44 pm

Originality does bring with it it's problems!

No special tools needed here but perhaps this solution was not quite so inexpensive? :roll:
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PostPost by: richardcox_lotus » Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:20 am

I never even knew one of these existed !!

Order going in today.

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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:22 am

Will this help if you are unfortunate enough to have bought "crappy" replacement tops off fleabay recently???

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PostPost by: Galwaylotus » Sun Dec 16, 2012 7:12 pm

My solution: :lol:
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PostPost by: alexblack13 » Sun Dec 16, 2012 7:32 pm

Galwaylotus wrote:My solution: :lol:



Good solution... The clutch should be reachable but can still be a bitch to unscrew.. My sore mitts are the problem nowadays.. :?

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PostPost by: ianf » Sun Dec 16, 2012 7:37 pm

I too have ordered one, it looks very neat! I have been using 2 jubilee clips (set at appropriate size) which I pop over the caps, tighten (possible with air box off) then push with screwdriver or tap top of same with hammer (care needed and clip just tight enough). So hopefully looking forward to a more straight forward fluid check regime!!
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PostPost by: GrUmPyBoDgEr » Sun Dec 16, 2012 7:39 pm

alexblack13 wrote:
Galwaylotus wrote:My solution: :lol:



Good solution... The clutch should be reachable but can still be a bitch to unscrew.. My sore mitts are the problem nowadays.. :?

All the best guys...

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Best thing for sore mitts is to wear boxing gloves to bed :lol:

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PostPost by: alexblack13 » Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:39 pm

GrUmPyBoDgEr wrote:
alexblack13 wrote:
Galwaylotus wrote:My solution: :lol:



Good solution... The clutch should be reachable but can still be a bitch to unscrew.. My sore mitts are the problem nowadays.. :?

All the best guys...

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Best thing for sore mitts is to wear boxing gloves to bed :lol:

Taxi!!



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PostPost by: alexblack13 » Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:31 pm

Not the best of news Guys..

I have now tested the little tool and I have to report disappointing results. I had the carbs off recently for a do up and tried it then. It failed to release the caps. Both of them. I found that the tool is very thin and just rounded all the points off the flats very easily. I now have another two mangled caps. :?

I had to resort to plan B to remove the caps (Jub' clips), and got them off ok. So I managed to change the fluids and clean up the cyl' threads etc before refitting the said caps after lubing with a slight smear of brake grease.

Bugger! .... Back to the drawing board. :evil:

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