On Wed, 10 Jan 1996, Alan Wilson wrote:
> Have you tried the lockpicking newsgroup on usenet? They might have some
> If you cannot actually pick the lock, you might use what they refer to
> as a rotary pick -- a 3/8 electric drill with bit. Try to drill on the
> shearline of the pins so you can rotate the cylindar.
> Good luck
I'm not sure that the average guy knows what the shearline is, but in any
event I'd be cautious about running a drill into the gas cap if there are
gas fumes in the supply tube and/or tank. One spark could ruin your
Also, I think that most gas caps are wafer locks, using flat pieces of
metal instead of pins. The approved picking method for these locks is
"raking" the wafers with a jagged pick. The pick looks like a magnified
view of a saw blade. You pull the pick over the wafers while twisting
the cylinder in the "unlock" direction.
These locks aren't technological wonders and are about as easy to pick as
a desk or file drawer lock. It just takes patience and persistence.
bill "misspent youth" moyer