Gasbottle carrier Mk2

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 16, 2004 at 18:25
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Today the temp barely cracked 9 degrees here in the Flinders so it was time to keep busy and work on the truck.

I have now rebuilt my Gasbottle carrier which sits on top of the spare wheel and which is attached to the rear wheel carrier. The previous invention was a tad too light and the metal fractured after three years of outback travel.

I used 1.25mm galvanised sheet metal, made two L-shapes and bolted them to one another and then strenghthened the frame with two more flat sheets. Bolted all together with high tensile bolts and attached to wheel carrier. The gasbottle fits in to a 10lt steel paint tin which is bolted to the platform. The whole shebang is then tied down with a strap to the wheel carrier tongue.

If anyone is interested I can take a digi pic tomorrow and mail it.
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Reply By: Allan Mac (VIC) - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2004 at 21:13

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2004 at 21:13
Great to have you back Willem.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2004 at 21:54

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2004 at 21:54
Thanks Allan.....it was forum pressure. I would have liked to have though that I am not moody but maybe I am. Anyway I am back to help or annoy some :-)
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Follow Up By: Nudenut - Thursday, Jun 17, 2004 at 07:46

Thursday, Jun 17, 2004 at 07:46
Moody? nah
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Reply By: Martyn (WA) - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2004 at 21:32

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2004 at 21:32
Willem,
I'll second that it's good to read your words again, even if you do get a bit grumpy sometimes................
Keep the shiny side up

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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2004 at 21:59

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2004 at 21:59
Martyn,
I think it must be the grumpy pills I take from time to time.
Will be around till 8 July then out to the northern Flinders Ranges for 6 weeks where we will be minding a house for a friend. Hope to do a lot of bush tracks in that time.
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Follow Up By: Nudenut - Thursday, Jun 17, 2004 at 07:46

Thursday, Jun 17, 2004 at 07:46
Grumpy....NAh!
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Reply By: Member - Roachie- Wednesday, Jun 16, 2004 at 22:18

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2004 at 22:18
Willie,

Welcome back to the fold....... You must have been feeling very lonely to have resorted to returning to this mob of misfits.LOL.

I reckon anybody who reckons you're grumpy or hard to get along with, simply doesn't know you well enough.

Anyway, back onto the topic, I'm glad you sorted out your gas problem.....maybe you could try to stick a bung in Pesty's large gas retainer and fix his gas problem too.

If you got 3 years out of the last effort, then this one should outlast your rig!

Onya mate......keep'em guessin'.......
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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2004 at 22:36

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2004 at 22:36
Bill,

Nah, its all the pressure I've been under to return and deal out my special form of diatribe.

Grumpy?...No Mercurial....Maybe

I seem to have missed out on the Pesty gasleak conversation. It didn't have anything to do with an overindulgence of beer? or beans? or mulled wine?

Hmmmm...nothing will outlast the G60 !!

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Follow Up By: Nudenut - Thursday, Jun 17, 2004 at 07:54

Thursday, Jun 17, 2004 at 07:54
Mercurial....really?.......nah!
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie- Thursday, Jun 17, 2004 at 09:23

Thursday, Jun 17, 2004 at 09:23
Gasleak is probably caused by a combination of all those things you mentioned, but nobody can get close enough to him to check him out. They haven't made a gas mask yet that is good enough to withstand those dreadful odours that eminate from his nether regions!!!! LOL
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Reply By: Des Lexic - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2004 at 22:39

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2004 at 22:39
G'day Willie, Can't really say I'm glad your back cos you really never left us, just lurking in the background. I am glad your back as Willem though as a lot of 4X4ers respect your opinions and advice.
Wasn't much better here at 15 degrees. Wind off the south pole. Bet is just as cold at William Ck today.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2004 at 22:55

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2004 at 22:55
I will disregard most of what you have said :-) BTW I didn't lurk for at least 3 weeks.

Was allowed to drive the Cruiser the other day. Geez, its pretty flash. One can get used to that sort of travelling. We had to get it to a hoist so that Al could look at the Polyair Bag which was giving trouble. My mate has an old hoist with the railway line bars on it and we couldn't raise the truck. Eventually swung the hoist around and jacked the LC up by the towbar. Took 2 minutes to take the bag out. It had a faulty air nipple.
I would be interested to hear how the bit went on the dirt roads. Let me know if you are spoken with by Maaaaaa.
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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2004 at 22:59

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2004 at 22:59
I'm sure you will hear just as soon as I do, but if I do hear anything I will let you know.
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Reply By: Big Kidz (Andrew & Jen) - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2004 at 22:58

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2004 at 22:58
Hi Willem

It is really good to have you back. You sound a little hard on yourself about the moody stuff. It was so good to catch up with you and Judith on the weekend - pity you left early to be with that other old gal! I don't reckon you are grumpy - I thought that it was just your internet personna - in person you are gorgeous, sexy, witty, intelligent, charming..............

Yes more crap from my mouth!
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Jun 17, 2004 at 17:34

Thursday, Jun 17, 2004 at 17:34
Hi Andrew

You are absolved after saying all those nice things about me......hahaha

I think that David should install a Crap-0-meter on each post. Then at the end of the year we could have prizes. First Prize could be a week in Warrandyte at the home of a famous practitioner, Second Prize could be 2 weeks at Warrandyte..............and so on....hohohohohohoho
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Reply By: Rod W - Thursday, Jun 17, 2004 at 09:13

Thursday, Jun 17, 2004 at 09:13
Yep! I'm interested, show us your digi.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Jun 17, 2004 at 16:44

Thursday, Jun 17, 2004 at 16:44
Click on my rig pic.
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Reply By: Member - Camper (SA) - Thursday, Jun 17, 2004 at 13:35

Thursday, Jun 17, 2004 at 13:35
Speaking of gas bottle attatchment.
I drilled two holes in the bottom of our two 4kg bottles and corresponding holes in the shelf behind the wheel and mudguard of the camper.
Then I made up two dogs (10mm bolts cut off and bent to about 135 deg) for each bottle.
Place bottle on shelf with dogs in holes, line it all up (tricky bit) get threads through holes in shelf and attatch washers and nuts and tighten.
Works a treat but the bottles look like they just sit there.
As far as I can see the regs only require a purpose built holder which this is, but I've wondered how excited a cop might get if I was stopped at a roadside check.
I'm confident it will work(well fairly) and it has recently performed perfectly on the corrugations on Kangaroo Is.
But it looks alarmingly like the bottles have no means of restraint
Good conversation piece i suppose?
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Jun 17, 2004 at 16:55

Thursday, Jun 17, 2004 at 16:55
I went the whole hog on a previous thread some months ago with someone who was paranoid about getting hit up the bum by a truck and then exploding the gasbottle. Luckily I live in the sticks and there are very seldom road blocks and stuff like that. Travelled around Aus for 5 years full time and got pulled up twice. Once to blow in the bag and once for a licence check. Nothing was said about my attachments to the truck. Ones chances of getting pulled up are minimal and normally the cops are targeting something specific.
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Follow Up By: cokeaddict - Thursday, Jun 17, 2004 at 20:37

Thursday, Jun 17, 2004 at 20:37
Good Lord Willem, I remember that post mate, I started it by asking where to mount my bottle on my trailer, and then thebleephit the fan....
Ahhhh dont ya just love it here.....
WELCOME BACK MATE.

P.S.
Actually i wish you didnt come back just yet, you see.... i almost convinced my better half that you have been missing and we was organising a search party for ya, so now you stuffed that escape up for me.

Cheers Angelo
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Thursday, Jun 17, 2004 at 23:44

Thursday, Jun 17, 2004 at 23:44
Camper, you lost me there...you drilled two holes in the bottom of the bottles ??
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Follow Up By: Member - Camper (SA) - Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 15:26

Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 15:26
Ah Yes, Mad Dog I can see how you might be confused. Put it down to enthusiasm levels exceeding editing skills.
The holes I drilled were through the base ring which is welded to the bottom of the cylinder. One hole through each side did the trick.
If you drilled holes through the bottom I suspect that all your problems would be solved ........permanently! ( Clean up afterwards would present a problem for someone)
Is it possible to add drawings to posts do you know? That might make explaining inventive attatchments easier.

Cheers,
Camper
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 00:21

Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 00:21
Thanks Camper, perfectly understood. That's a great idea. I should have cottoned on but being late at night after a hard day I have an excuse.
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