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Reproduction Duplex oil cans

Posted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 7:18 pm
by Don Ayers

While out at Tahoe/Sierra Boat Co. I saw these in their store.

Pretty cool reproduction Duplex oil cans. The can is not a screen print but rather a sticker but I give an A for effort.

Contact Sierra if you are interested in putting the finishing touch in your bilge.


Posted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 11:42 pm
by Oberon01
Don - would these be correct for my '40 Custom?

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 8:10 am
by Tom Gruenauer
It does not say "Marine Engine Oil". Kind of a give away that it is a reproduction.

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 8:37 am
by Don Ayers

there were several different styles of cans. Here is a pic of an original one gallon standard. It's possible they might have copied a version that did not have "marine" on it. who knows...

Image :)

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 8:41 am
by Don Ayers

These would be the correct size and style of can for your 1940 19' Custom.

Surely they copied an original that did not have the marine on it?

Duplex Oil cans

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 9:35 am
by Wilson Wright
Contact Jim Hastings. The cans are not your standard one gallon size. Jim had all the dimensions and labeling and was going to reproduce them but nobody seemed to be in need of the 1000 that were required for a minimum order. I loaned an original to Terry Fiest for Single Malt. It may still be in the boat.

Not sure why but I got all this on a link from the Lyman Boat Club

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:25 pm
by Don Vogt
Yes Jim Hastings had been tracking all this down for some time. The pre war can is smaller than the post war can. So it does make a difference.

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 3:24 pm
by Brian Robinson
Most Postwar Chris-Craft's used a Texaco gallon can

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 4:20 pm
by Don Ayers
Brian let me know that these cans came from Don Hardy at McCall Boatworks

I called him and he said he was working on the Texaco can next.

If you want one you can connect with them

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 7:15 pm
by drrot
From what I have been told it is a post-war can.
Early pre-war cans looked like this.

And just before the war they looked like this

Could be wrong but that's my .02

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 7:17 pm
by Don Vogt
If you have both the pre war and post war cans, can you provide us dimensions? Thx

Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 5:09 pm
by drrot
As for as I can tell the can size was the same in the 1940s both before the war and after. 1940s cans were 4 1/8"X6 5/8"X 9 1/2" tall. 1930s cans were 3 3/4"X 6" X 10 7/8" tall.

Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 5:14 pm
by Don Vogt
Thanks Jim. My boat is put away but I believe the small portion of the tool box was sized to fit the can. If anyone measures that they can see what might fit. I know my 38 was smaller than the post war can.