1942+1944 Gas cans

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1942+1944 Gas cans

Post by P.VanTine » Tue Jul 01, 2003 5:39 pm

I have a 1942 Navy gas can with U.S.N on both sides and a 1944 gas cas can with a marine corps spout but its not marine corps its marked U.S.A on the one side I was just wondering if these gas cans come up often or are they scarce.

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Post by Mark Tombleson » Tue Jul 01, 2003 6:26 pm

Yes the Navy gas cans are rare and are you sure it is a center mounted cam lock spout and not one on one side of the top? :?

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Post by P.VanTine » Tue Jul 01, 2003 7:16 pm

Its just like the marine gas can only its U.S.A marked does this gas can come up often

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Post by Ted Schwartz » Wed Jul 02, 2003 1:39 am

Curious to know what is on the bottom of the cans. Are they Conco?

What type of spout does the Navy can have? Is it a cam lock like the USMC style can?
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Post by P.VanTine » Wed Jul 02, 2003 1:39 pm

I just got finished digging it out of a M-10 ammo trailer that has 27 or so ww2 gas cans,watercans,and a coffee can and I forgot what the Navy maker was but it is a screw top but i have the other one with me and it is Conco and I was just looking at it and it doesnt have a dent in it or any pit marks its real mint.


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Post by P.VanTine » Thu Jul 03, 2003 2:33 pm

So what do you guys think of the 1944 gas can that is marine corps stile but stamped with U.S.A.Is it a common can or is it a scarce piece.Its the correct year can for my dads M-16 Halftrack.

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Post by David » Fri Jul 04, 2003 4:13 am

Perhaps this is a far-fetched theorie, but could it be a "British made" can for the US forces? Afterall the Brits did make webbing equipment for the US troops. Is it made of 2- or 3 pieces? :wink:

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Post by P.VanTine » Fri Jul 04, 2003 7:26 am

Its not a Brit made can its like I said looks just like the Marine corps can only marked U.S.A.I have a marine corps can and I took it out of the trailer that the rest of my ww2 cans are in and I compared them and theyn look exacly alike except for the U.S.A mark.Have any of you seen one.

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Post by P.VanTine » Mon Jul 07, 2003 6:30 pm

The Navy can is made by Wheeling I found the original markings and it was D81 and the 8 was under the D and the 1 was under the 8.Do any of you know what the marking means

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Post by P.VanTine » Tue Jul 08, 2003 7:01 pm

Can any one help I would really apreciate it.

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Post by lucakiki » Thu Jul 17, 2003 8:30 am

Patrick,the fact no one has ever seen a can as you are describing might really mean you have a super rare scarce unusual peculiar tank.But there is also another option,as I have seen in a 300 plus jerrycan collection:A regular USA can,three pieces,with a cam lock neatly welded in the screw lid location.Not one,more than one... The french,among others,used to do this.Put your finger in the opening,and feel if it such a case.Mind you,that would not make it a fake,just a testimonial of a modification done in an unknown moment when converting/salvaging a can was still considered worthwile...Or you have a super rare scarce etc...
That said,perhaps you would care to take a look at the manufacturer stamped at the bottom,and let us know? Any QMC stamping on the opposite side of USA? G stamp? One or even two tiny holes in the location the lid chain is usually attached on regular US cans?The truth,nothing else than the truth... You will son become a Jerrycan expert,if you want to.I went nuts to find two nice gas and water cans correctly dated for my Veterinary friends 42,even selecting one with the QMC stamped in the older looking font,and you know what?He uses them as a stool working on his jeep,or rather watching me working on his jeep...He will never be a jerrycan expert,not that he cares. :)
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Post by P.VanTine » Thu Jul 17, 2003 2:45 pm

Its not been welded on Its marked g on the top of both sides and qmc on the other it has 1 hole where the chain would go and its on the same side where it is on the U.S.M.C can its a real mint can not a dent or pit mark in it.
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1942 Wheeling U.S.N Navy can 1952 Wheeling U.S.N Navy can

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Post by lucakiki » Fri Jul 18, 2003 7:06 am

Patrick,the puzzle is getting a little more together..So you have USA on one side,and QMC on the other,just as on any regular gas can,along with the G for gas on both sides.You also have the chain hole,but I ignore if this feature was present,although not used,also on USMC cans.I have not one(yet) here to look at. Then there is the manufacturer,that you forgot to check,or to mention...The welding:do not expect it to be crudely done,as the craftmanship was very good,usually.So you might well have a super rare can,but we cant be sure yet.Let us know the manufacturer,and also have another look at the way the spout with the cam lock is fitted at the top of the jerrycan.
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43 Willys MB-T # 25417 4-43
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Post by P.VanTine » Fri Jul 18, 2003 7:25 am

Its made by conco its put on just like the marine corps can
1942 Ford GPW 66576 10/9/42
1944 White M-16
1942 WC21 5/7/42
1943/44 M-10 Ammo trailer
1941/42 WC6/24 command cars
2/20/43 Converto Dump Trailer
1942 Wheeling U.S.N Navy can 1952 Wheeling U.S.N Navy can

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Post by lucakiki » Fri Jul 18, 2003 10:07 am

Another piece fits in:same maker of the USMC cans we know of,and same spout...I might have some more info AFTER the week-end.
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WillysMB#344142 6-19-44 Navy N.S.Blue Grey
45 Bantam T-3 #57248 1-10-45
42 Willys MB-T #13560 11-42
43 Willys MB-T # 25417 4-43
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