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Old 01-31-2012, 04:25 AM
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Originally Posted by jpitman2 View Post
Not arrived yet Alan?
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Not yet... how do you want this set up...?

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Old 01-31-2012, 06:46 AM
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Alan, Whatever works for you - recover your postage postage costs, plus a $ or so towards my postage to you in the end..?
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Old 01-31-2012, 11:32 AM
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OK - Once it gets here I'll see what the typical cost to ship this around the USA is and I'll post an update here. Probably a flat rate UPS box is best - I'll see what it fits and make up some reusable packing - I've got some foam here somewhere.

About how long do you want to let this run before you get it back...?

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Old 01-31-2012, 05:46 PM
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Alan,
Dont have any expressed demand for the tap here currently. My hope is that if somebody can show it to the guys who make the block repair kit (from water pump impeller damage), they should be able to copy it, and make it available on a similar basis ..?
Have you seen the pics of my blade fuse idea on that thread ?
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jp = Yes saw your blade fuse stuff - agree thats a good path = posted there.

Tap arrived today in the mail - nicely packed in the tube - but that is a non-preffered parcel format here so will almost certainly be more expoensive than a standard flat rate USPS box.

Tap looks good - I'll put this together now. I can make it fit diagonally in a medium flat rate box - I'll make up a foam insert for it and price out the shipping. I do have at least one request for it already - I'll follow-up on that.

I'll make some assumptions on usage and plan to just cover shipping costs out to folks and recovery of the shipping from/back to you. I'm thinking thats likely in the ~$10 range not including the users cost of shipping it back in the same flat rate box (prob about another ~$5).

Still feeling pretty sick so may be early next week before I get this sent out. I'll post more details here - anyone have any thoughts on actually making up an equivalent tap (e.g. for the owners club)?

Seems to me a possible option may be to just buy this one off jp? not sure of he's up for that - but maybe?

So some thoughts: - consider deposit for the tap?, limited timeframe for loaner - return within x day/weeks? prefrence to those who agree to write-up & photograph their usage & results here in this thread? Ideas?

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Old 02-02-2012, 04:11 PM
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If there is a waiting list, please add me to it.
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How about that little threaded bung in the earlier post, anyone know where to get one of those in US? I'm using one of Roger's rubber pacifiers and it isn't all that tight.
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How about that little threaded bung in the earlier post, anyone know where to get one of those in US? I'm using one of Roger's rubber pacifiers and it isn't all that tight.
Assuming "Roger's rubber pacifiers" means the stock GTS bung then mine fits fine - not super tight but its never fallen out either...?

Not sure if that would fit in the earlier cars though...? anyone - if it does - seems to me its a safer way to go here, you never know when you will need it so easy hand removal should be highly valued...

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Old 02-02-2012, 06:16 PM
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Guess I should get in line.

My newly acquired '89 left me stranded at our AutoX site with a flat battery. No problem, I corralled a buddy to give me a tow to jump start it, grabbed my tow hook and the "speed wrench" from the tool kit and promptly broke the end of it off in the plug....

Haven't tried to remove the plug since - kinda dreading having to drill through the broken off tool.

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Old 02-02-2012, 06:21 PM
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OK so here is the list I have so far for "renting" the tap:

1. CraigL (1st PM)
2. Whitesands
3. Dave928s
4. AO
5. 90 S-4
6. auzivision
7. jthwan22

Did I miss anyone the list?

Note the order above is tenatative except for #1 (because I have a PM with details)

To get on the formal order list send me a PM with your name, address & contact info

Other:

FredR (in Oman) - this may have to happen after the rounds of the USA - perhaps on its way back to jp

Folks - who knows what years this thread is applicable to?

For now I'm going to assume that we will have about 10 takers in total in the US

The replacement value of this about $175 and its not mine - so I think I should ask for a $50 deposit up front (inclusive of the shipping) when you return it as planned you get all but shipping refunded - sound good ?

I'm also going to ask that you complete your use and send it back within 2 weeks of reciept - allowing for shipping it still might take a month per user so it could be most of a year to do 10 folks... so time is important - make sense to everyone? - so if you take more than a month to get it back it will probably be more expensive, I'll think some more about this one.

So if you are next and won't be able to get to it within 2 weeks of reciept - just deferr and get it later - OK?

I've never done this particular job but I've done some similar things...

I'd suggest you all clean out down to the threads as good as you can before you get the tap (if anyone wants to donate a suitable big drill bit - I'll be happy to ship that around too).

But before that I'd suggest you do drill the bung with a smaller pilot hole, soak with Kroil or PB Blaster and try easy outs/spiral extractors first (sears...)

Incidentally if you have a decent dremmel with a remote flex head - these are small enough (and safe enough) to use up close with a carbide burr for cleaning up whats left. Easier to handle and see whats going on than wielding a big drill and a big long bit... but not so quick for getting 90% of the way there.

Some nice curved picks are also likely useful.

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Old 02-02-2012, 06:36 PM
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AFAIK this tap should fit any car where the threaded hole is visible through the grille. The early smaller threaded holes (15mm OD vs 20mm) are covered by a plug in the bumper cover, and dont seem to be prone to blockage.
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Alan ... you have me on the list and I've already used it. Larger 20mm tow eye holes that the tap fits are from 87 (86.5?) onwards.

Tom ... the plug I used was a boat drain plug. You may find one in a marine outlet ... they are so common here for weekend fishermen aluminium boats that I got mine at a hardware store.
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How about something like this? 1" seems a common size ... http://www.jamestowndistributors.com...ing+Drain+Plug
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Old 02-02-2012, 07:14 PM
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Seeing as the thread is 20mm or 0.8", 1" may be a bit big...
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Originally Posted by jpitman2 View Post
Seeing as the thread is 20mm or 0.8", 1" may be a bit big...
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Yes it would be ... you're on the right track (if you find a simpler plug only) but it would want to be a 3/4".

The plug I pictured has a thread OD of approx 18.7mm, with the root of the thread approx 16mm, and a depth from the washer to the end of 13mm.

Here it is again ... Mardon made in Sydney Australia. Here's a link ..... http://www.mardon.com.au/our-product...-fittings.html ..... it's the coarse thread bung plug.
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