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Anyone use a WW2 Oxygen Tank as a gas tank?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Gas Huffer, Apr 10, 2008.

  1. Gas Huffer
    Joined: Feb 26, 2007
    Posts: 272

    Gas Huffer

    Just wondering the capacity and any issues there may be with leagality. Thanks.
  2. HomemadeHardtop57
    Joined: Nov 15, 2007
    Posts: 4,152


    I have one that should hold about 5 gallons of fuel..It's a really cool green color with black goverment lettering
  3. CLSSY56
    Joined: Dec 19, 2002
    Posts: 1,219


    WW2 tanks should be yellow, except for the green apple bail-out bottle.

    I have one as an air compressor, bought it on craigslist, kinda cool. Only good for tires, but what the heck for $25.
  4. Bruce Lancaster
    Joined: Oct 9, 2001
    Posts: 21,683

    Bruce Lancaster
    Member Emeritus

    One of the common sizes useta was practically standard equipment on small wreckers and gas station trucks as a portable compressed air tank.
    They come in a number of sizes from many different wartime applications.
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  5. Django
    Joined: Nov 15, 2002
    Posts: 10,197

    from Chicago

    The yellow oxygen tanks hold just under 8 gallons. Legality? No issue there. As cool as they are, 8 gallons is not enough though.
    Joined: May 13, 2002
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    My uncle "Lucky Lou" had one on his racecar...

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  7. SUHRsc
    Joined: Sep 27, 2005
    Posts: 5,077


    i like his extra subrail down below on the back :)

    the williams bro's roadster has an oxygen tank in it for a gas tank
    a friend of mine's father ran a 34 coupe in the late 40's with a big one for gas and a small one for compressed air to pump the gas
  8. chaddilac
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 13,819


    I'm using two on the back of my IHC pickup, that should give me enough gas to make some good trips.
  9. Gas Huffer
    Joined: Feb 26, 2007
    Posts: 272

    Gas Huffer

    Thanks for the input. As much as I hate to admit it, I'm getting ready to start my Engineering degree but it's been a long time since I've done anything more than BASIC math and I was having a hard time figuring out what the capacity of one would be based upon a rough idea that they are about 1 ft in diameter and 2 ft in length. I plan to use two in the bed of my truck and running them on a switch so I can always have a "reserve".
  10. fordcragar
    Joined: Dec 28, 2005
    Posts: 3,180

    from Yakima WA.

  11. mac762
    Joined: Jun 28, 2007
    Posts: 676


    My Friend has one that's an air bubble. So does my Girl's Dad. I never knew they had been oxygen tanks in a previous life until I started hanging out here. later Josh.
  12. Django
    Joined: Nov 15, 2002
    Posts: 10,197

    from Chicago

    I maybe be mixing up my oil tank and oxygen tank numbers (I think it is the oil tank that holds 8 gallons), but I am pretty sure that the Oxygen tanks won't hold almost 12 gallons. I'm pretty sure that the MAX is 10 gallons. I'll measure mine when I get to the shop this evening.

    One thing I wanted to do was to have the oxygen tank be connected to a larger hidden floor tank to increase the capacity.

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