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Fire extinguishers yes or no?

Post by stationary stu on Thu Feb 07 2013, 13:46

I managed to pick these up off ebay a few days ago there local and £1.20 the pair to use as water tanks for either an engine or a pump.



What I also saw was one of these with it being polished would make a good looking tank if it matched in with the engine or pump. I missed the end of the auction and it went for £6 it was also local.



So what do you think could it be used to enhance your display or not?

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Post by Biggusdannus on Thu Feb 07 2013, 15:23

The tank on my wolseley wd8 is ex extinguisher, I think it complements it quite well. I plan on doing something similar with my AV1 with a different type of extinguisher too. I have also cut the top off one and made it into a tank for a H1 pump in the past.
I think it's a great way to recycle these tanks and they don't look too out of place either! Smile

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Post by stationary stu on Thu Feb 07 2013, 15:25

There the right size for the amount of water you'd need in the smaller water cooled engines and can be made to look good.

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Post by braydh on Thu Feb 07 2013, 16:02

Thanks Stu been trying to think of something to use for a crucible think fire extinguishers will work cheers

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Re: Fire extinguishers yes or no?

Post by Foden on Thu Feb 07 2013, 17:46

I had a couple of old water extinguishers saved from our caravan club and I kept them to make cooling tanks with, they would have worked well for small Stuarts and the like but I passed them on without actually trying them myself! Rolling Eyes A lot of the water filled ones are badly pitted inside so dangerous to use as actual extinguishers because they can explode under pressure, I took mine to our local Fire Station for inspection and the Fire Officer reckoned they were more lethal to the user than the actual fire!! Shocked

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Post by Abes on Thu Feb 07 2013, 18:04

Working in a scrap yard one of our customers is an extinguisher servicer and as such manages to get hold of old copper ones for us they make ideal water tanks for pumps and engines and when cleaned up look the dogs danglies, the pick below is the one i had on my H2, got one left in the shed that i need to find a job for lol


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Post by Andrew1971 on Thu Feb 07 2013, 18:20

What pressure are they. It would make a good air brush tank Smile

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Re: Fire extinguishers yes or no?

Post by Foden on Thu Feb 07 2013, 18:59

Andrew1971 wrote:What pressure are they. It would make a good air brush tank Smile

As I said they said they are normally too pitted to risk putting pressure in them, though the stainless ones might be OK.

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Post by stationary stu on Fri Feb 08 2013, 12:07

What pressure does an air brush run at is it about 40psi? You could unscrew the top and have a look in with a tourch see how bad it was, I'm sure it would be ok for an air brush set up.

Abes you lucky bugger, them old copper tanks are spot on for use on a Stuart, have you any idea what you'd pay on ebay for one? I know I could find a use for a few copper tanks. I think for what you pick up at work you could work there for what you could find Laughing Laughing Laughing

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Post by Biggusdannus on Fri Feb 08 2013, 15:05

All the water filled extinguishers I've dealt with have a plastic coating on the inside. Theres little chance the water will rust through that.

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Post by Foden on Fri Feb 08 2013, 18:08

Biggusdannus wrote:All the water filled extinguishers I've dealt with have a plastic coating on the inside. Theres little chance the water will rust through that.

But they do, the fire officer peeled the plastic back from the top filler neck and it was badly rust pitted behind it. He reckoned that they go off like a small bomb with shrapnel flying around! Shocked When I stripped it all off to make the cooling tank I was surprised how bad it was, I guess the plastic coating was split letting water in which then remained trapped?

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Post by Abes on Fri Feb 08 2013, 18:33

Sorry mate have no idea on price on ebay the guy i get them off just charges me scrap price for them, lol yer do pick up some good stuff now and then just have to be quick as the boss has first pic for his museum at home

stationary stu wrote:Abes you lucky bugger, them old copper tanks are spot on for use on a Stuart, have you any idea what you'd pay on ebay for one? I know I could find a use for a few copper tanks. I think for what you pick up at work you could work there for what you could find Laughing Laughing Laughing

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Re: Fire extinguishers yes or no?

Post by stationary stu on Sat Feb 09 2013, 11:49

It must be good having a scrap yard for all those little gens that come along, problem being if I owned one I'd need a few barns to keep all the good stuff that might come in handy one day. Yes I'm a hoarder Embarassed Laughing Laughing Laughing

The thing is rust can get anywhere if it has a chance and if the plastic liners are not fully seal (air tight) the rust will get in, it might be a slow process but it's still there.

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