Gas Can Rack
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I had been plotting to get storage for
two 5-gallon NATO cans for some time. The main reason for needing them was a trip I
was to take into an area where I would run out of gas before coming to another gas
station. I needed enough reserve to get back out without walking.
The objection I had to commercial
solutions was mainly that they were costly and often heavy. It would be enough of a
weight concern that I would be stowing about 80 pounds of fuel without adding another 100
pounds of steel to support it. There had to be another way.
I played around with getting Jared at
COMP4X4 to fabricate a swing bracket just for the gas cans. But time was tight for
my trip and he was backed up with paying customers. So I sketched out some ideas and
then came up with a solution that met my needs: it was very cheap and quite light,
while still being strong. I loaded up my notepad and made a trip to Wal*Mart, Home
Depot, Pep Boys and boltdepot.com:
- (4) galvanized stud anchor strapping
("L" shaped for mounting gas can holder to bracket on body tub)
- (3) 1 1/4" x 48" x 1/8"
- (2) 2" x 48" x 1/8" mild
- (2) 900 pound capacity 10ft ratchet straps
- (1) gas can holder (I already had one from
a Jeep show)
- (2) gas cans (Brand new from neighbors
yard sale, major savings)
- (30) 7/16" x 3/4" Stainless
- (30) 7/16" Stainless Steel Washers
- (30) 7/16" Stainless Steel Lock
I already had a Titanium drill bit
(7/16") and a 3/4" hole saw capable of cutting metal. I went to Sears and
got myself a long needed right-angle 4" grinder. My old drill was still working
well enough to drill all the holes I needed.
The basic idea was to
create a load-bearing vertical member from the angle steel, brace it diagonally with the
2" flat steel stock.
||I designed the two uprights, one 2"
wide x 1/8" thick steel sheet and one piece of the angle steel. They use the
d-shackle pin as the lower mounting point
The bolt shown here is
to keep the two pieces together to make assembly and disassembly easier and to give added
||I mounted the upper floor of the gas can
holders to the "L" bracket strapping (2 each side for strength) and in turn
bolted that to each of two heavy duty brackets that are part of the Olympic roof rack
parts. They were the perfect item for anchoring the base of the gas can holder to
the tub with sufficient strength.
I acquired these
brackets by contacting Olympic and ordering them separately. Visible in the photo
are the existing brackets on the tub rear corners for my Garvin Roof Rack. These
existing brackets forced me to relocate the Olympic brackets lower on the tub to clear
||Once I measured the pieces and cut them
out, I assembled everything together. To be honest it took three evenings working
with my drill and grinder to do this mainly because of the time it takes to measure and
drill or cut. But it is pretty easy work if you don't mind measuring and then
drilling or cutting forever. If it was wood (or if I had a drill press and machine
shop...) it would have taken an evening.
I took the extra trouble to add gussets
to the frame around the top of the vertical members so they would not get sideways or
allow the cans to twist around. A test run with water in the cans proved that they
are stable enough to call them done. I will disassemble and paint them, probably
leaving the stainless steel hardware bare metal.
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