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The guys at Mighty Car Mods are back once again and they never fail to disappoint. This time, they’re handing out practical advice that can be used on any car: how to install a fire extinguisher in your car. This is quite a small project, something that can be done in a weekend but could in the long run prove to be something worth doing (especially if you’re building the car yourself).
Let’s face it, nobody likes to be on fire.
How to install a fire extinguisher in your car: step-by-step guide
Buy a fire extinguisher. Make sure that you’ve bought one specifically for cars and it needs to have a metal bracket that will actually keep it in place when you’re turning corners and won’t role out all over the place. Most car ones will have a quick release mechanism on the bracket which is perfect.
You’re going to need some tools:
- Tape measure
- Nuts and bolts
- Drill bits
- Safety stuff
- A bench vice might be handy
Measure the distance between the seating rails and transfer that measurement to a metal bar. Cut with a hacksaw or to save time use an angle grinder
Drill a hole at one end. Remember that he bolts need enough thread to be able to hold it all in place
Make sure the fire extinguisher doesn’t get in the way of the seat sliding. Every car is different and even if you never move your chair, it’s an important fact to take into consideration.
Use your bench vice to add any bends that you might need in the metal to make it fit.
Add a second hole at the other end and then test that it fits. Now add the fire extinguisher bracket to the metal bar a it’s good to go
Install it in the car
The great thing about this method is that it’s transportable between your cars and you don’t need to do it all over again. Alternatively, if you are looking for something a bit more permanent, you can bolt the fire extinguisher bracket straight onto the car with a rivet nut gun – make sure you drill the holes first though and then put the rivets in.