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1/8/14 6:28am - Original Message: 'Fire Extinguisher'
jimiam
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Memphis, TN - USA

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1981 Red 1993 Black Rose

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Do any of you guys keep an extinguisher in your car? If so what type and where/how do you mount it? Would it be feasible to mount one on the battery compartment door, just behind the hinge, or perhaps on the fender well? Can't decide on the best location. Opinions please.

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1/8/14 9:18am - Reply: 'Re: Fire Extinguisher'
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Frederick, MD - USA

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1969 convertible L71 427/435 4-speed black interior

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I keep one mounted on the tire hump just behind the drivers seat.  I mounted it so it would clear the battery door when it's opened.  All it takes is to pop the handle to release it.

 


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1/8/14 10:31am - Reply: 'Re: Fire Extinguisher'
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goldens bridge, NY - USA

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1972 T-Top 350 auto, matching numbers,Blue, ac

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Type 10 BC fire extinguisher kept behind driver seat behind battery compartment door. You want it in an easily reachable place . Under the hood should not be an option . Remember , any extinguisher should be checked regularly and serviced at least every 3-5years According to mfg suggestions. Don't forget your garage and home.If you don't know how to use one , contact your local Fire Department they will be more than happy to assist Big Al

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1/8/14 12:58pm - Reply: 'Re: Fire Extinguisher'
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Memphis, TN - USA

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1981 Red 1993 Black Rose

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Yep, I'd say under the hood might not be the best of locations even for bubba. I like the idea of placing it on the tire hump if it rides well and doesn't lend itself to stress cracking the fiberglass. Always good to save space on the level deck for luggage, etc.

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1/8/14 1:26pm - Reply: 'Re: Fire Extinguisher'
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#1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/ Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight" #2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas

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I keep on the '74 at all times. It's not mounted anywhere, tho. It lays in the rear compartment unless we're traveling. Then it has a specific spot behind the wheelwell on the passenger side. I can get to it while seated. If I wind up with no room there for it, then it lays on the pass side floor.  It's a type A/B/C, for different types of fires(liquid, dry, electrical, etc.)

                                                                        






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1/8/14 1:39pm - Reply: 'Re: Fire Extinguisher'
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1981 Red Interior White exterior

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Thanks for the reminder!  My car hasn't been on the road for awhile and this is one of the must haves for any drive.

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1/8/14 4:12pm - Reply: 'Re: Fire Extinguisher'
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Memphis, TN - USA

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1981 Red 1993 Black Rose

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I've read most automotive fires are due to electrical wiring and am told by a few automotive electrical engineers the wiring is only reliable up to about ten years. That would place our C3s at a pretty high risk factor. Unfortunately, though I've made repairs on wire terminal ends, bad splices, replaced a couple of multi circuit connectors and removed about 25-30 feet of extra wire, I've put off entire harness replacements due to cost and convenience. Problem is most of bubba's shoty work is electrical on my vette. Guess he had more confidence in that area. Ermm

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1/9/14 8:43pm - Reply: 'Re: Fire Extinguisher'
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Valley Springs, CA - USA

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1978,Metalic Money Green W/Gold emblems,TH350 w/gear splitter,black & grey interior.1978,two tone,Metalic Rootbeer & gold ,Doeskin interior,auto. trans. 1981, Silver w/mirrored T-Tops,4 spd, charcoal interior.

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 My last extinguisher was a dry chemical type. I was following a fellow employee in the company car to work and it caught fire under the hood. Well, we were on the freeway and I pulled over right behind him, grabbed my extinguisher and saved the day. We had the car towed back in to the shop and when the boss got the news, he came to me and said, what the heck is wrong with you. You should have let it burn Wacko. So much for my heroic moment Confused.

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1/9/14 8:51pm - Reply: 'Re: Fire Extinguisher'
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aceinthehole said:  My last extinguisher was a dry chemical type. I was following a fellow employee in the company car to work and it caught fire under the hood. Well, we were on the freeway and I pulled over right behind him, grabbed my extinguisher and saved the day. We had the car towed back in to the shop and when the boss got the news, he came to me and said, what the heck is wrong with you. You should have let it burn Wacko. So much for my heroic moment Confused.

Wow, what a great boss (not)Thumbs Down. You did the right thingThumbs Up

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1/10/14 5:11pm - Reply: 'Re: Fire Extinguisher'
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Ellijay, GA - USA

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Currently own: 1996 Collector Edition Coupe, LT4, 6 speed, grey interior 1982 Red on red, 59k orig miles, 1970 Maroon, Lt Saddle, Convertible, 350, 4 speed with Air and a non Corvette 2015 Slingshot Sport Trike

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I had a 74 Coupe and found the rear fiberglass deck panel behind the Passenger seat was a great place for a fire extinguisher mount. Used a small 1 x6 board and glued it to the top of the luggage compartment. Then mounted the Fire extinguisher to the wood with short screws. Since the 74 and later do not have a storage shelf for the rear window, the fiberglass is just a big flat area that can be used. It works best with a long slender extinguisher verses a short fat one. I placed it where I could reach it from the drivers seat by reaching back between the seats with my right hand, that makes it quick and easy to access in an emergency. You might need to show the judges where it is if you are in a show where they require a fire extinguser and it sometimes might be in the way if you need to place large luggage or items in the rear storage area, but generally it is out of sight but close by if needed! Later models with fast backs can use a similar area above the wheel well on the passenger side below the curtain using som screws with backplates on the inside of the fender well. A little tighter fit, and a little farther to reach, but out of the way. Gary in the North Ga Mountains

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1/25/14 7:45pm - Reply: 'Re: Fire Extinguisher'
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Victor, NY - USA

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2004 Commemorative Edition Coupe, Auto w/HUD. 13K miles in 2015. Sold 1982 Red Coupe

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I had an old Chevelle that caught fire under the hood. Turned out to be an electrical short. Fortunately the guy behind me saw the smoke, pulled over and had a fire extinguisher. I have 3 small ABC extinguishers; one for the basement, one for the garage and one for the Vette. I hope I never have to use any of them.

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1/26/14 9:46am - Reply: 'Re: Fire Extinguisher'
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Newark, DE - USA

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1968 Conv, 454HO,500HP-600TQ, TKO-600,3:70 HD rear,hotrod air, custom paint & suspension,1973 Ruby Red,T-top, 383 Stroker, TK)-500,frame off restro, 1977 Yellow (1 of 51 ) L-48 4 spd, 99% original.

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I carry a 2.5lb Halotron Fire Ext in each of my vettes. Small price to pay especially if you are dealing with a fiberglass car. I have seen what a fire can do to one of these & it isn't pretty.

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1/27/14 2:21am - Reply: 'Re: Fire Extinguisher'
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Lemon Grove, CA - USA

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1982 C3 Collectors Edition 44000 miles, sat in the sun most of it's life, My wife purchased it for me for fathers day in 2007 from her girl friend that had it for 19 years. It is on the road again. I'm retired but it is now my daily driver.

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I have been through a couple of Navy shipboard firefighting schools and for my money halogen fire extinguishers are the way to go.  Not in a closed area as they can kill you as well as the fire.  
I have seen one put out a car fire by spraying the halogen under the front of the car the heat took the halogen up under the hood of the car and put out the engine fire.  There was no way you could have gotten the hood open so the fires would have burned the car up.  Nothing but a gas fire extinguisher could have done that as quickly and if you used dry chemical you would have had to spray it up under the hood.  I do not want to get that close to the fire.

It also has the advantage not having any clean up requirements as it is a gas.  

It replaces the oxygen so the fire cannot burn. That is one of the problems with it.  It is also one of the Navy does not use them on-board ships anymore.

I would get a 2.5 pound Halogen if you can find it.  Halotron is Suppose to be 1/2 as effective in fire fighting but it is still good stuff I have heard of it but I have  never personally used it but I have Halogen.





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1/27/14 1:55pm - Reply: 'Re: Fire Extinguisher'
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Colorado Springs, CO - USA

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'68 (2), '75 (2), '86, '90, '98 (2), '06 (2), '10, '12 GS, '82 Collector Edition, '03, '90 C4 ZR-1

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I've use Velcro for a number of different attaching needs.  I want to keep my '68 as original as possible, however not at the price of losing it to a fire or helping others in the case of fire. 
 
Thx for bringing this up as a oversight on my part.  I'll get a fire extinguisher before I drive it again.  At 6'3" , with limited movement space when I'm in the car, I think the recommendation to place behind the passenger seat is what I'll go with.  It will be easy to reach with my right hand and exit the car.  I'll try the Velcro before doing something more permanent.
 
Velcro can be purchased at your local fabric or Home Improvement store for less than $5.  The sticky adhesive back side will stick to the carpet and if you have to change it from time to time or remove for a show it is cheap enough to replace.
 
 


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