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Offline hodgo

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« on: June 25, 2012, 08:46:42 PM »
A bit of trivia about jerry cans, back in 1964 when I joined the army a lot of jerry cans were tagged with ID tags as to what they held eg. Standard petrol, super petrol, avgas, diesel, kero, etc each tag was of different colored and had an inscription on it as to its contents, this was a NATO requirement. While at a friendís place the other day I came across some of these old tags.
The tags on the right hand side are Aust patern ones
 In the photo showing the jerry can with a tag, the hole that is in the opening leaver is for a wire seal to go through I have never seen this used

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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2014, 10:32:13 AM »
[An old thread perhaps but it got my interest. If the forum is a hi-tech club magazine, well, sometimes the 'back issues' are very good reading.]
I like this little clue about Jerrys, I never knew about the tags. Thx Hodgo.
Also, while we're here, anyone got some additional info? The positives of jerrycans for fuel are obvious enough, but what are the negatives?
[and some nostalgia from when I had a dismantled CCKW in the driveway.]

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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2014, 11:50:14 PM »
A bit of trivia about jerry cans, ..........each tag was different colored and had an inscription on it as to its contents, ....
Note too, in addition to the colour and description, each type of tag also had a distinct shape on the upper edge so you could determine the contents in the dark by feel. On a warm tropical night, your Series 2A might run on a blend of Super/Reg mixed with some Kero, but Diesoleum would be a showstopper.

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« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2015, 04:04:20 PM »
Reckon my old man has one with a "civgas" tag...

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« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2015, 04:44:22 PM »
This thread popping up reminds me. I recently picked up a pair of old jerry cans from a second-hand dealer.
Both are rust free and still hold pressure after all these years.
The first one was made in 1958 and has D ↑ D and Rheem Aust stamped into it. I guess that means Department of Defence. The original paint was standard dark olive green, but its been yellow and most recently, blue as well.

The second one is standard army green, with W ↑ D, 1952, and WW in a diamond, which I guess was the maker.

Both are still in good usable condition, but I think I might sand-blast them both and repaint them for use with my MK3.
I doubt any of the modern versions of these will still be around in 63 years time.


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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2015, 08:09:55 PM »
I have two cans which have slots for labels. The labels only have symbols but there is a sticker to tell you what the symbols mean. They would be ex one of the Nato counties as the labels are in four languages of which one is English. This is of some use I guess but not nearly as practical as the ones Hodgo describes as they do not have different shapes.
You have to be careful buying these things. I had one a few years back which lasted about three fill ups before it started leaking. It was made from steel but about the correct thickness for milk bottle tops. You get what you pay for.

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« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2015, 06:05:06 PM »
Thought you guys might be interested in the Jerry can I got my my local Land Rover Mechanic.

I got it "brand new", its been sitting around for a while...
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