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Old 02-18-2013, 02:08 PM   #1
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CUSTOM FIRST AID KIT / FIRE EXTINGUISHER

I was at my first car show of the year last weekend when I realized I had forgotten my first aid kit and fire extinguisher.... then I thought.... hmmmm... how can I stand out from the crowd if I DO remember them?????

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I'm painting them Inferno Orange to match the car... adding "First Aid Kit" and "Fire Extinguisher" decals then clear coating them...

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Old 02-18-2013, 02:15 PM   #2
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YES! Those car shows are DANGEROUS!

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Very cool. Do you know where you'll mount them yet?
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:19 PM   #4
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YES! Those car shows are DANGEROUS!

strangely enough some car shows REQUIRE those two.

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Very cool. Do you know where you'll mount them yet?
Probably will not mount them... maybe just place them forward in the trunk during shows...... but... now you are making me think......
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mine are mounted ,,,,here is a pic
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If you mount them to a piece of plywood you can take easily put them in and take them out. You don't want a fire extinguisher rolling around in your truck
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I wonder how many people would be asking "is that NOS?" if you didn't label it haha.
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I wonder how many people would be asking "is that NOS?" if you didn't label it haha.

Pft...I'd label it NOS
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You don't need NOS haha. YOu have enough trouble hooking up to put the car in the garage
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Pft...I'd label it NOS
funny you mention that because before I got the idea of painting my own I ordered a "hemi" orange extinguisher that IS labeled NOs. It's already on the way so I guess I'll put that one up in the front.
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I was at my first car show of the year last weekend when I realized I had forgotten my first aid kit and fire extinguisher.... then I thought.... hmmmm... how can I stand out from the crowd if I DO remember them?????

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I'm painting them Inferno Orange to match the car... adding "First Aid Kit" and "Fire Extinguisher" decals then clear coating them...
I hope you are going to have the extinguisher operating instructions on the repainted bottle. I know it's a fairly simple thing but there's no telling whoever uses it in an emergency would be clear-headed enough to use it properly w/o instructions. Just saying... seconds count with a vehicle fire.
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:04 PM   #12
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I hope you are going to have the extinguisher operating instructions on the repainted bottle. I know it's a fairly simple thing but there's no telling whoever uses it in an emergency would be clear-headed enough to use it properly w/o instructions. Just saying... seconds count with a vehicle fire.
I'll be the only one to use it... this will never be out of my sight since it's for car shows only, and I am a former shipboard firefighter.... we're good.

but.... since you put forth a valid point maybe I'll look for a decal with said instructions to lend my extinguisher more credibility......
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I'll be the only one to use it... this will never be out of my sight since it's for car shows only, and I am a former shipboard firefighter.... we're good.

but.... since you put forth a valid point maybe I'll look for a decal with said instructions to lend my extinguisher more credibility......
Sorry - no offense intended - didn't realize it was for show only (non-functional). Looks good.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:41 PM   #14
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I had looked into fire extinguisher mounts for within the cabin since some race events require an extinguisher mounted within reach of the driver, but the mounts and extinguishers that I had found were running stupidly expensive ($200-300).

Since I had no intention of spending that kind of cash, I chose to make my own:







(Forgive the grubby floor and door sills, I've been running around topdown a bunch this week ... woohoo!)

Total cost of this fire extinguisher setup was around $25, with the bulk of it (about $18.50) for the extinguisher itself.

Just went to Home Depot, found an extinguisher that matched the correct criteria, a piece of aspen wood (cut down to length and roughly planed the edges), and some stainless hardware. I used some black spray paint that I already had and then sanded it down (haven't gotten around to a second coat of paint, but the bracket doesn't show even so) to get most of the paint powder off the wood (so it won't rub off on the carpet).

Simple setup, as it bolts right to existing holes in the seat rails. I am tall and so have the seat all the way back to the stops and only can move the seat forward about 1-2" without removing the extinguisher from the bracket (just pull the strap and snag it), but for shorter drivers, can just get some strap metal extensions and two more bolts and can position the extinguisher further forward.
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Nice location TEK, easy to get to if you need it asap
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Nice location TEK, easy to get to if you need it asap
Yeah, it really is completely out of the way for me since I don't really use the backseat for anything so have no need to move the seat much (though is quite simple to pop the extinguisher out, move the seat, then drop it back into the bracket when done ... takes about 2 seconds to have it loose and in hand, then just yank the pin, aim, and use.

It barely is noticeable, and when I point it out at shows/drag strip, folks have really liked the setup... I should probably make a bunch up and sell them (with metal extenders for shorter folks)!
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Excuse me for sounding like a nimrod.... Why the fire extinguisher? is there that big of fear of our car setting on fire?
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Some car shows and racing events require each participant to have a fire extinguisher at the car at all times (is a safety/liability issue for the sponsors of the show - insurance rates for the show hosts may be lower with these requirements). In case of a fire at the show, they have a lot of folks right there on the spot with equipment to deal with it prior to it getting out of control. Fires aren't common, but when you have custom cars, there is a higher risk.
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Some car shows and racing events require each participant to have a fire extinguisher at the car at all times (is a safety/liability issue for the sponsors of the show - insurance rates for the show hosts may be lower with these requirements). In case of a fire at the show, they have a lot of folks right there on the spot with equipment to deal with it prior to it getting out of control. Fires aren't common, but when you have custom cars, there is a higher risk.

That clears that up. Thank you. I haven't been in or participated in any shows yet and will in the future so I will def get one and have it on hand.
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That clears that up. Thank you. I haven't been in or participated in any shows yet and will in the future so I will def get one and have it on hand.
Not all require them. Most of the antique auto shows (AACA, VCCA, etc) do have requirements, but most local shows and cruise-ins won't.

None of the shows that I have been to required them, but I was considering an autocross racing event that did have the requirement (turns out, I wasn't able to make the event!) ... but now am prepared. And I originally planned to remove it between race events, but figured since it wasn't in the way, I would leave it in case of need on the road.
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Not all require them. Most of the antique auto shows (AACA, VCCA, etc) do have requirements, but most local shows and cruise-ins won't.

None of the shows that I have been to required them, but I was considering an autocross racing event that did have the requirement (turns out, I wasn't able to make the event!) ... but now am prepared. And I originally planned to remove it between race events, but figured since it wasn't in the way, I would leave it in case of need on the road.

Even if not required most shows give you points for an extinguisher and first aid kit..... (at least my experience thus far)
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