Huile jerry cans questions

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Tony Morreale
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Huile jerry cans questions

Post by Tony Morreale » Sun Feb 22, 2004 4:45 pm

I have what appears to be a NATO style jerry can that is marked:

Huile
12-1954

In the center of the reinforced X is "FFA"

On the other side of the can in the center of the reinfioced X is an emblem or stamping that I cannot make out.

The "air tube/vent" inside the can appears slightly smaller than what I've seen on other cans - it's oblong and less than 1/2 inch across.

I have a few questions:

Can anyone tell me about it's origins?

Under the OD green paint, there is a orange/yellow color - is this primer?

What type of paint should I use on the gas can? I'm going to use it with my CJ3A so it doesn't have to be mil-spec, but what is best to resist water as well as potential fuel spillage?

Finally, I found, and purchased an aftermarket spout manufactured by Wedco that fits the can, but it's got an "unleaded" sized opening. Where might I find a spout that has a larger opening for faster fuel filling?

Thanks in advacne for your help!
Tony Morreale
Franklin, TN
1952 M38
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Post by Robin » Sun Feb 22, 2004 11:10 pm

Sounds like a French can. Huile is French for oil, I believe.

Philippe

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Post by Philippe » Mon Feb 23, 2004 3:14 am

Hello Tony,
Sorry for my english, but i hope you understand my text !!
You have a french oil "jerrycan",and Huile is oil, certainly for engine, I think that the contenance is 20 liters and FFA is Forces Françaises en Allemagne : French Forces in Deutschland.
12 is December and 1954 the date of the manufacturer.
On the other side I think the manufacturer is stamped perhaps a german indusrie like Brosse & Co at Coburg.
The color is kaki French Army.
The yellow/orange are for identification oil : engine,gear or code NATO for ex OMD etc...
This can is rare.....In france is very difficult to find it !!!! in a very good shape.
The spout is the same like GB or German gas can.
If you send to me on my mail boxe a picture I will be very happy.
Congratulation for your Huile can !
Amicalement,
Philippe. :D

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Post by lucakiki » Mon Feb 23, 2004 6:42 am

Tony,I think your can is similar to other French cans marked VIN,that is wine in french.These wine cans,in unused condition,have been fairly easy to get for a while,but now seem to be not that common any more.
Luca

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Philippe - need your email to send a pic

Post by Tony Morreale » Mon Feb 23, 2004 7:22 pm

Philippe -

I cannot find your email to send the picture you requested of my Huile can. Please PM me or post it here and I'll send a photo your way. Thanks for your help.
Tony Morreale
Franklin, TN
1952 M38
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