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Fire Extinguishers

So as my build gets closer to street able, I'm thinking of a vehicle mounted fire extinguisher. Vehicle specific ones are expensive compared to their house style counterparts, but why? Would a standard extinguisher have problems riding around in a car if it has the same ability classification and is mounted correctly?
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Nah it's just that they're generally larger and uglier. They do a b c just the same


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get a non dry chemical type
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Cold Fire 13.5oz Spray Can | Portable NON-Toxic Spray Can Ideal for Small Fires

I use these for my cars and keep one in the kitchen. I just put it in the area between the seat and door sill. They're the size of a paint can and work well. I used one on a bbq that lit up from the grease and it put it right out. No mess.

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Nope, no reason not to carry a standard one in your car, it's just harder to find the portable sizes.

The expensive ones that you are seeing are likely the Halotron extinguishers, which are also ABC but don't leave a terrible mess to clean up like standard extinguishers do. I have one because I figured if I have to deal with a fire in the first place, I don't also want to have to deal with that white powder covering absolutely everything in addition to that in the aftermath!


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+1 on Halotron. I have a small one in each car, and a large one in my garage. H3R brand makes some nice ones. I have also noticed that they tend to stay charged longer than the dry chemical ones.

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+1 on Halotron. I have a small one in each car, and a large one in my garage. H3R brand makes some nice ones. I have also noticed that they tend to stay charged longer than the dry chemical ones.
I also use a Halotron. They are more expensive but dont leave the mess of a dry chemical. Its mounted right under the drivers seat using a mount bought from Summit.
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i have the regular torpedo one from Lowes. does ABC. I bungie cord it in the trunk.

i left her in there all winter and forgot about it by mistake. in the spring i thought ida found it blown up. but it held up to -5

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No to mention the yellow powder looking chemical from standard ABC fire extinguishers is very corrosive, so its important to also inspect your fire extinguisher's. Take it out of wherever you have it mounted and look at it, invert it and look to see its not rusted, busted, leaking and verify your still in the green and check to see if the pin and seal are there. I have seen so many folks use a tie wrap in place of the seal. You also wanna buy another one or have them inspected professionally every 5 years and hydrostatically tested and rebuilt every 12. years. Fire Extinguishers are great to have, but better when they work. Any questions or for some seals, you can always stop by your local Fire Department.






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I wrote this piece a couple of years ago but still very relevant. I have the HalGuard product in every vehicle I own. I would never use a dry-chem setup in any car. The corrosive nature will ruin paint, wiring, etc.

There are plenty of brackets out there for every generation of Mustang too. Secure it, and have it at arm's reach. Mounting it in the trunk is not a good idea (my opinion), as it is too far away. Also be sure to have a decent size so you don't run out of product and still have a fire.

How To: Fire Protection For Your Mustang - Mustang Monthly Magazine

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hey mark, thanks for the article. i always enjoy reading your tech info.
will def be mounting mine inside the car and will now use the Halotron one

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I have a Halguard unit in my Mustang for the reason stated above. I have it mounted in front of the passenger seat:



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I wrote this piece a couple of years ago but still very relevant. I have the HalGuard product in every vehicle I own. I would never use a dry-chem setup in any car. The corrosive nature will ruin paint, wiring, etc.

There are plenty of brackets out there for every generation of Mustang too. Secure it, and have it at arm's reach. Mounting it in the trunk is not a good idea (my opinion), as it is too far away. Also be sure to have a decent size so you don't run out of product and still have a fire.

How To: Fire Protection For Your Mustang - Mustang Monthly Magazine

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hey Mark--that was a great article and I remember reading it a few years ago in MM! Thanks for writing it. It really started me thinking about putting an extinguisher in my car.

If anyone is looking for additional mounting bracket options, my local Mustang shop showed me this thing from Drake:
Scott Drake Store - Fire Extinguisher Mount

This is pretty small and can mount just about anywhere.

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Thanks Sam...

Yes, there are a few new bracket options out since that story hit. If you Google Mustang fire extinguisher it comes up with several bracket manufacturers for front or rear of seat mounting that bolt right in for vintage, Fox, S197, etc.

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+1 on Halotron. I have a small one in each car, and a large one in my garage. H3R brand makes some nice ones. I have also noticed that they tend to stay charged longer than the dry chemical ones.
I am very happy with mine and hope I never need it. I bought a clean agent extinguisher because I have seen first hand what a normal one can do to a car. In my opinion this is a silly place to try and save money.

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