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Which way do you face the fill side of your Jerry Can in the mount?
Doesn't matter. Nit-noid question. Quit wasting my time. Or I don't put gasoline in my can anyway.
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Can lid points to the right (passenger side). If I don't dismount it to fill it, I might splash gas on the spare tire or hot muffler but I'm lucky. Or I usually dismount the can to fill it anyway.
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Can lid points to the left (drivers side), the same side as the main gas tank and further away from the spare tire and hot muffler so I can fill it without dismounting it. I'm too lazy to dismount it, and am not lucky, so no sense in taking chances.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2022 8:38 pm    Post subject: Which way to face your Jerry Can? Reply with quote

Posting this silly poll question for fun and out of curiosity.....pretty sure the answer isn't in the manual... Laughing
Not much interaction from 5970 members here lately...what's up with that?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2022 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To the left.
The refueling issue makes great sense, but for me there is another reason...
With the fuel cap on the left means the handle is in the right.
That means it is easier to lift if you are right handed.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2022 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lid towards driver
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 15, 2022 4:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Well... I went and looked. Towards the right. I didnít really pick that because anything, but the CG emblem is facing aft on it. Iím both left/right handed. Parents, older sister, a grandparent on both sides, niece and both nephews are lefties. My younger sister is straight up right handed.

I donít intend to put fuel in that can if I can help it.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 15, 2022 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Not much interaction from 5970 members here lately...what's up with that? Ron. D

Well, Iím covered with OD23070 and canít go out in public Ďtill it wears off.

Gas can pics are a great way to see what kit & orientation is actually being used out there in M38 land. One can. One vote. Whatís on your tailgate?




While we are here .... how well does the red can do for a M38 ???
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2022 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Don,
Maybe it's just me, but I see two red cans? And it looks to me like neither one is U.S. military?

Are you asking if the U.S. Army put red-painted gas cans on the M38? I don't think so. They were too invested in OD paint.

I recall reading somewhere that the all-knowing and all-seeing government made laws that all gas cans have to be red in color.
Which makes me wonder if I'm going to get a ticket for having gas in my OD-painted can. Laughing

Btw, I run mine with the lid pointed to the drivers side.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2022 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The red one is on the right. Photoshop may have played with the colors.

These two cans came with the jeep but it sounds like I will need to go shopping. Let me guess, there are only three M38 cans left on the planet .... all in museums. Sad
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2022 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don,
Pretty sure there's no such thing as "M38 cans".

True U.S. military issued cans are marked (imprinted, stamped) a certain way, and they have a date on the bottom (last 2 digits of the year made). Meaning that almost any can dated in the 1950's or 1960's would be "correct" on a M38.
It's my understanding that M38's left the factory without cans because the Army stocked them for all sorts of vehicles and put them on at the unit level once the jeep was issued out for service.

With a couple of exceptions, I believe that the vast majority of gasoline cans have a screw-on lid. Water cans have a hinged lid and a special coating that lines the inside of the can for potability.

This might help: https://olive-drab.com/od_mvg_jerry_can_markings.php

They aren't hard to find, but some are in better shape inside and out than others. Good luck!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2022 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Thatís a Ďthumbs upí on my screen Razz
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2022 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Naugha wrote:
The red one is on the right. Photoshop may have played with the colors.

These two cans came with the jeep but it sounds like I will need to go shopping. Let me guess, there are only three M38 cans left on the planet .... all in museums. Sad


Not hard to find. Look on the bottoms, try and find one marked either 20-5-50, 20-5-51 or 20-5-52.

Country to what you may hear, that number isn't just a date. the 20 means 20 liters, the 5 means 5 gallons and the last two digits are the year of manufacture.

The Jerry cans is its own niche in collecting and its easy to go down the rabbit hole. It took a lot of hunting to find a '44 for my Scout Car with the slot in the handle to accommodate the red octane tag. Those were made specifically for the invasion of Europe, and cans before and after don't have the slot.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2022 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Did Willys ship military jeeps with Jerry Cans???


Here are WWII MB's parked on the Toledo Factory Roof awaiting shipment in 1942:



Here is an M38A1 crated at Toledo:



Here are M38's at Toledo awaiting shipment:


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2022 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wes!

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2022 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Look on the bottoms, try and find one marked either 20-5-50, 20-5-51 or 20-5-52. mdainsd
Great info & pics.

Hi Wes. Some of the regulars recently reported you MIA. Smile
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