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Unread 09-17-2012, 09:08 PM   #1
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Quick Jerry Can conversion to storage box

This was an afternoon project for me to add a little extra storage (jumper cables, tow strap, gloves, etc) for my CJ5. I started out with a jerry can purchased at a local army/navy surplus store. I was actually going to use this can for fuel, but after sand blasting, I realized it had a small rust hole in the bottom. I first sand blasted it and then used a thin cuttoff wheel on my die grinder to cut off the top. I finally killed my Harbor Freight die grinder after 4 years. I'd say I definitely got my moneys worth and will be buying another one on my next visit. After switching and using a straight die grinder, I got the lid cut off.



I installed some door edge molding and installed the hinges and front latch. Afterwards I removed the molding and front latch for prep and paint using a ceramic brake caliper paint I had left over from a previous project. After painting, I installed everything. I eventually plan on adding a thin strip of aluminum on the inside that will help guide the lid and hopefully prevent water intrusion.
I know, it's simple, but I built it for very little money.



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Unread 09-17-2012, 09:26 PM   #2
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I like it.

I saw this one the other day and have thought of doing the same.

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Unread 09-17-2012, 10:01 PM   #3
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Turned out really nice. I like it!
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Unread 09-17-2012, 10:26 PM   #4
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Nice job!
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Unread 09-18-2012, 08:11 AM   #5
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Bigirons,

I actually like yours better than the one with the shelves in it. You did a great job and it really adds looks and functionality to a jeep. It is sweet!

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Unread 09-18-2012, 08:30 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone!!
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Unread 08-28-2013, 01:42 PM   #7
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great job , really good thinking and really practical .
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Unread 03-08-2014, 05:10 PM   #8
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Question.

I just cut mine and installed the trimming...before I install the hinges I am noticing that the bottom half is bowing out further than the top is...how did you correct this?

I'm debating installing a thin strip of aluminum to hold the bottom half sides straight.
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