New Release Len Beadell 44 Gallon Stubby Holders

Submitted: Friday, Aug 16, 2019 at 13:02
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Hi All

For anyone interested in Len Beadell and some special items, there is a new release 44 Gallon style Stubby Holder.

They look great and I have just ordered a couple for Fiona and I for those special occasions when out on Lens great Roads.

This Link will take you to their site where you can order them.




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Reply By: Phil B (WA) - Friday, Aug 16, 2019 at 19:44

Friday, Aug 16, 2019 at 19:44
Great idea, did thery remove the top of the drum with a cold chisel LOL?
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, Aug 16, 2019 at 20:02

Friday, Aug 16, 2019 at 20:02
Hi Phil

Yes it took them a long time to knock out the ends, and then shrink them down....lol

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Reply By: Ron N - Friday, Aug 16, 2019 at 20:11

Friday, Aug 16, 2019 at 20:11
They look great, and I'm sure Len would appreciate them!

Just as an aside, I still have about 6 of the genuine WW2 originals! - that's 44 gallon drums, that have the 3 large reinforcing ribs, and fully galvanised, with the heaviest galvanising you're ever likely to see, made from 12 or 14 gauge steel (1.8 to 1.6mm thick), and with the date of manufacture stamped on the bottom.

We had a discussion about them on the HCVC forum a few years back.
It's just amazing how these millions of drums from the 1940's to 1970's, have all but disappeared.

HCVC - 44 gallon drums

Here's a fascinating history of American fuel and oil drums. The drum we know as 44 gallon drums are 55 gallon drums in the U.S., because they're measured in U.S. gallons.

The ubiquitous metal drum

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, Aug 16, 2019 at 20:36

Friday, Aug 16, 2019 at 20:36
Hi Ron

Have you ever come across any of the old fully galvanised Department of Defence with the broad arrow stamp on the old drums? In a Simpson Desert very remote old fuel dump, there were many drums stamped early 1940's, well within WW11.

If you are after any, I know where there are heaps, with the only catch they are in the extremely remote Simpson Desert, left over from oil exploration days in the early 1960's

What do these one look like to you.


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Follow Up By: Ron N - Friday, Aug 16, 2019 at 20:52

Friday, Aug 16, 2019 at 20:52
Hi Stephen - That's a real find! Those galvanised drums in the Simpson are certainly WW2 vintage, the red-coloured ones appear to be 1960's vintage and lighter construction.

Yes, I have seen the D^D-marked drums, in fact I think a couple of mine may have those Defence Dept markings.
I'll wager those drums are probably half full of wind-blown Simpson Desert sand!

I got a low-km Mitsubishi diesel truck engine out of one of those remote S.A. camps about 15 years ago, and the entire intake manifold, and half the engine, was full of superfine windblown sand!

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, Aug 16, 2019 at 21:24

Friday, Aug 16, 2019 at 21:24
Hi Ron

A lot of the drums still had their bungs in, so sealed from the events of time.


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Reply By: Member - McLaren3030 - Sunday, Aug 18, 2019 at 09:28

Sunday, Aug 18, 2019 at 09:28
Hi Stephen, great find, just ordered one myself. My “bucket list” is full of Len Beadell tracks to drive.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Aug 18, 2019 at 09:39

Sunday, Aug 18, 2019 at 09:39
Cheers Macca

They are the perfect item to take with you when you enjoy those brilliant roads put in place by Len and his crew.

I hope to put mine to use very shortly.


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Reply By: Member - Michael O (NSW) - Tuesday, Aug 20, 2019 at 06:16

Tuesday, Aug 20, 2019 at 06:16
We're just back from a trip up Goog's Track and spent some time in Woomera on the way home. Were very pleased to be able to visit Len's (and his wife's) memorials in the cemetery there. There is a lot of wonderful Beadell info at the Heritage Centre including some great videos of his track-making days.
Len achieved so much in the bush! Funny to think he was born a Pennant Hills city-boy.
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Reply By: Member - Graeme W (NSW) - Thursday, Aug 22, 2019 at 13:06

Thursday, Aug 22, 2019 at 13:06
Thanks for the link Stephen, I hadn't seen them before. I ordered 2 that arrived this morning.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Aug 22, 2019 at 14:15

Thursday, Aug 22, 2019 at 14:15
Hi Graeme

That’s good to hear, and mine arrived yesterday. Now I can not wait to use them out on Len’s great roads


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