I bought these two vintage cans at a garage sale yesterday. The small one is missing the metal screw-on cap for its spout, the diameter of the spout opening is 1/2 inch.
Does anyone have a spare cap hiding in their random parts bins?
Mark, good luck. I have two I have been searching for caps for. One is like your small one. Went to a swap meet yesterday where 90% of cans were missing the small cap. I think it was law back then that they had to discard small cap when they were new.
Seen a lot with cork in it.
If I remember, I think there are some old cigar tubes/containers with a screw on cap that's just about right.
Maybe you can rethread the cap or the spout for a 1/2 brass cap. You could throw it on a lathe and clean up the outside shape.
I just bought a cheap, badly dented gas can on Ebay with a cap, so hopefully I can rob the cap off of it for my can. I'll post a pic of the dented can here (minus its cap) when it arrives just in case somebody decides they want it for the price of shipping. If not, it will go in the trash.
Whittled down corn cob, period correct. KGB
In the good old days, we stuck a raw potato on the spout.
Years ago, my Dad had one like it but instead of just a plain cap; it had a flexible metal hose made onto the cap. When the hose broke loose from the cap, he found a oak tree branch the same size as the broken metal hose and stopped up the hole with the wooden plug. I'll look and see if I have anything.
Mark these may work, a bit pricey for a cap but could go the trick.
eBay item numbers,152620386615 or 192209517769
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Thanks for the tips everyone, as I mentioned I purchased a cheap, bent-up can on Ebay that has a good cap, I plan to rob the cap off of it for mine.
Thinking outside the box, would a cap for rubber cement or liquid electrical tape be about the right size? I have bottles of each and while they don't look right they are a metal cap that could be blasted and painted.
Well, I struck out on my cheap Ebay bent can purchase - the cap was just a little too big for the spout on my good can.
So I decided to knock out the dents, put some rocks in the can, and set it out front as yard art.
The search continues.