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Major service fluid plug kit?

OK, so after getting all kinds of fluid all over me and my garage, I thinking I should design a kit of plugs for a major service.

I was particularly loving the gas all over my hands last night - yeah, that was fun

Anyone already do this? It would be great to remove the lines and then screw on a cap. I used some plastic bags with wire ties but less than ideal....
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Dave, I have an assortment of tapered silicone plugs and rubber caps (think vacuum caps) that I use and they work pretty well.

The threads on many of these lines can be tough to match and tougher yet to get a good seal. I did use threaded caps on my 550's fuel lines, but they were a bear to find.

Brake & clutch lines are even tougher with their weird double inverted hyperbolic convex/concave bubble flared fittings, etc. Even if you can find a threaded cap to match (usually an M10x1.0), the doggone cap will still leak because it undoubtedly will have the wrong flare configuration.....

So now, I just ram tapered plugs in the lines

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Good idea, John. I do have some rubber plugs at my shop and for the last several days, I keep forgetting to bring them home

I made a note today
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The fuel spillage can be minimized by starting with a low fuel tank level, if possible...and having the fuel tank cap off when cracking the lines. If not, "Speedy-Dry" works wonders.

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The fuel spillage can be minimized by starting with a low fuel tank level, if possible...and having the fuel tank cap off when cracking the lines. If not, "Speedy-Dry" works wonders.
I did not think to open the cap...

I only leaked about 2 shot glasses per side. I actually want to drain the entire tank because the car was sitting for 6 years and I'm not so sure about the integrity of the fuel...
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I'm with you there; I need to drain the tanks on the 355 I'm servicing. I think the fuel is of similar vintage.

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I'm with you there; I need to drain the tanks on the 355 I'm servicing. I think the fuel is of similar vintage.
Dave, my 95 is a duel fuel pump car. I see no drain in the tank itself, but I do see a drain (I think) at the bottom of each pump - stupid question - that is a drain, right?
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Use the pumps to pump out the fuel tank.

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Use the pumps to pump out the fuel tank.
Call me crazy John but if the pumps have drains, I'd go that route - pumps are not going to get to the bottom...
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Dave,

Will you have to do anything with the fuel tank because the car has been sitting so long?

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Will you have to do anything with the fuel tank because the car has been sitting so long?

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No, it's an aluminum tank. As a preventative measure, I will probably replace the fill tube which is known to leak and start fires - ask Cuneo
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I see no drain in the tank itself, but I do see a drain (I think) at the bottom of each pump - stupid question - that is a drain, right?
Indeed, they are. Just be sure to replace the copper sealing rings when done...

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I got plugs from these guys but all my docs are in cali so dont have the sizes
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This might help you on the next one. I did same thing with plastic bags on my first one. I also used combination of colored zip ties for all the plug connections. Ie red, blue, yellosw comnects to red,blue yellow. Etc worked good and gave me some confidence when reconnecting.
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Grant, Cap Plugs is located in Buffalo and I have a bunch of those at my shop but need bring them home until today.
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