1961 Gas Can Wanted

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1961 Gas Can Wanted

Post by Star Electric Ordnance » Sat May 04, 2019 8:16 am

I have heard several stories that a 1961 can does not exist for my restored 1961 M-151. WWII and Korean War cans were still in use and there were no new buys until Vietnam started ramping up and new cans were made in the mid sixties. What do you think? Thanks, Kevin.
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Re: 1961 Gas Can Wanted

Post by Frank USMC » Sat May 04, 2019 2:23 pm

Dang Kevin.....now you got all of us running out to our barns flipping gas cans upside down checking the dates!!!
Keep us posted on what you find.
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Re: 1961 Gas Can Wanted

Post by Star Electric Ordnance » Sat May 04, 2019 6:36 pm

Frank, I could use the strength and cunny of Chesty Puller to find one. I have flipped so many cans over in the last five years that I can flip, check and return a can in 3.4 seconds! Will keep you advised. Kevin.
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Re: 1961 Gas Can Wanted

Post by Rustman » Sun May 05, 2019 3:17 am

Curious about this as I thought a 1967 for my 151A1 would be neat. But they always seem to be 1968.

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Re: 1961 Gas Can Wanted

Post by dpcd67 » Sun May 05, 2019 4:06 pm

I find that WW2 cans are easier to find than mid 60s, for some reason.
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Re: 1961 Gas Can Wanted

Post by Ben Dover » Sun May 05, 2019 4:15 pm

I believe I have some 58 dated cans, and may have later ones, will goe out and take a fast look at the six in my shop.
I just checked the ones in my shop, all are 53's with '58 dated CBT Gas stenciling,
Got some NOS on the shelf to check tomorrow. Cross your fingers.
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Re: 1961 Gas Can Wanted

Post by gerrykan » Sun May 05, 2019 4:47 pm

I know your post states that you are looking for a gas can, but you may also want to consider water cans.
I have not seen either dated 1961, but that does not mean they don't exist.

Some of the water cans made in the 1960's have very faint date/info stamps under the handles that can easily be obscured by a heavy layer of paint.
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Re: 1961 Gas Can Wanted

Post by Star Electric Ordnance » Sun May 05, 2019 5:49 pm

Thanks to all for the recent replies. If I run across a 1967 can, I will let you know. Just as I have a 1961 dated Camillus knife in my MUTT, so goes the same for the gas can. Which by the way will never hold gas. The thought of about 5 lbs of equivalent TNT about 6 feet from my head would cause me to twitch involuntary sometimes when I am driving!! When not for show, I will use a plastic can that I or the radiator can drink from. To much chance of the lining flaky off in the metal can. Thanks, Kevin.
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Re: 1961 Gas Can Wanted

Post by dpcd67 » Tue May 07, 2019 8:00 am

A full gas can is as safe as a can full of water. It is the almost empty ones that are a problem.
Been watching too many movies where a 9mm bullet will detonate a gas tank.
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Re: 1961 Gas Can Wanted

Post by Star Electric Ordnance » Tue May 07, 2019 5:50 pm

I agree with your first statement. Having been to an FBI Arson Course and the US Navy's Fire Fighting School at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the greater the volume of flammable liquid in a confined space, the less explosive vapors are present for ignition. You missed the second point completely. I am not worried about someone shooting at my gas can, I am concerned about a traffic accident that results with the can being rupture by force and releasing that fuel all over where now the vapors have increased dramatically and are are looking for an ignition source. I'll take the water can and gas up when needed.
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Re: 1961 Gas Can Wanted

Post by bombtech » Sun May 12, 2019 4:51 pm

Kevin,
I collect mostly post war, 'Foreign', that is to say non-USA cans. I do have a number of US cans but by no means one of every maker and model. My data base shows the following cans exist:
CONCO Water cans dates of 61, 62, 66, 68
US Metal Container Gasoline cans dates of; 65, 68, 69
OEC Black Plastic Water can dated 69
Thus the 61 and 67 may indeed have not been made.
Good hunting.
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Re: 1961 Gas Can Wanted

Post by Star Electric Ordnance » Sun May 12, 2019 7:54 pm

Rick. Thanks for the info. I just might go ahead and call USMC and get the skinny on that year. Stay tuned. Kevin.
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Re: 1961 Gas Can Wanted

Post by Rustman » Mon May 20, 2019 4:47 am

Rick,

Thanks for that. I'll probably just be happy with a 1968 on mine. Close enough.

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