Big Chief Can

Posted by: rustystuff

Big Chief Can - Tue Jan 24 2017 10:25 PM

Hello everyone!! New guy here.
Just thought I would stop by and show off my newest can. Hope everyone enjoys the pic. If you have history, info, rarity, and or comments on this can I'm all ears.
Thanks and good hunting!
Posted by: cggas

Re: Big Chief Can - Wed Jan 25 2017 06:46 AM

Nice can, there is a guy on here that can fix the dent in your can.
Posted by: ezrider7011

Re: Big Chief Can - Wed Jan 25 2017 11:53 AM

Really great looking can, I tapped out about $400, congrats
Posted by: rustystuff

Re: Big Chief Can - Wed Jan 25 2017 12:18 PM

Thanks cggs!! If you know who that is please have them contact me.

Hey Ezrider, Thanks! I couldn't let it go.
That rare of a can in such good condition and FULL to boot! That chance just doesn't happen often.
Might just be the new "Holy Grail" of my collection anyway..
Posted by: gulfiend!

Re: Big Chief Can - Wed Jan 25 2017 02:45 PM

Originally Posted By rustystuff
Thanks cggs!! If you know who that is please have them contact me.


...can they do it without draining the oil, cutting off the old lid, and relidding the can?
Posted by: BryceG

Re: Big Chief Can - Wed Jan 25 2017 04:33 PM

Originally Posted By gulfiend!
Originally Posted By rustystuff
Thanks cggs!! If you know who that is please have them contact me.


...can they do it without draining the oil, cutting off the old lid, and relidding the can?


Nope. But here's the guy, if you decide to go that route... Dan McGuffey's Profile
Posted by: rustystuff

Re: Big Chief Can - Wed Jan 25 2017 04:42 PM

Thanks for the info guys..
Do you really think it's necessary for this can? It's in amazing condition overall. I can't see that small dent hurting the value much at all?
Posted by: Dave's Garage

Re: Big Chief Can - Wed Jan 25 2017 04:53 PM

If it were my can, I wouldn't do it. It will require the lid or bottom to be removed. The oil drained and the dent removed and then the oil put back in and the lid replaced.
Posted by: advertologist

Re: Big Chief Can - Wed Jan 25 2017 06:34 PM

Originally Posted By Dave's Garage
If it were my can, I wouldn't do it..


that dent is in a spot its not going too pop out,
best too leave the can as is, my 2ยข
that is the 2nd of these cans I've seen in
the last couple weeks & there locations are
close together- maybe more too come .. ... cool
Posted by: rustystuff

Re: Big Chief Can - Wed Jan 25 2017 07:41 PM

Thanks for the input Randy. Was the other can you seen sold on ebay or somewhere else? What was the selling price/ condition?
Posted by: ezrider7011

Re: Big Chief Can - Wed Jan 25 2017 08:44 PM

Dan can certainly get the dent out it you want to drain and relid; he does amazing work. I brought a full can like this with a similar dent to a local body shop that restores classic cars. i'm friendly with the owner and showed him the can. He warmed up some type of putty that was placed on the edge of a two inch "rod" and pushed the warm putty in the center of the dent. He let it cool and then attached the rod to a specialized car tool for pulling out dents. Squeezing a trigger it applied pressure and slowly pulled out the dent. The he peeled away the putty. I apologize for doing a lousy job of explaining this specialized tool, but the bottom line was he got 95% of the dent out and it really improved the can. Point is there always is a way!
Posted by: rustystuff

Re: Big Chief Can - Wed Jan 25 2017 09:40 PM

Great alternative EZ!! I'm in the auto industry and I'm familiar with the process. You did a good job of explaining it. I have some hail dent guys that work miracles should I feel the need to make this already special can perfect.
Thanks for the great conversation fellas!
Posted by: advertologist

Re: Big Chief Can - Wed Jan 25 2017 10:30 PM

Originally Posted By rustystuff
Thanks for the input Randy. Was the other can you seen sold on ebay or somewhere else? What was the selling price/ condition?


the other can went thru 2 private sales - first picker too picker for 25.00 then.... will get picture & post .. ... cool
Posted by: gulfiend!

Re: Big Chief Can - Thu Jan 26 2017 10:33 AM

Originally Posted By Dave's Garage
If it were my can, I wouldn't do it.


...ditto that...
Posted by: Tankar

Re: Big Chief Can - Thu Jan 26 2017 11:28 AM

I wouldnt touch it either. I would drain from the bottom if i owned it. Does not hurt value and when it hits the floor ever it will not be smashed.
Posted by: Dave's Garage

Re: Big Chief Can - Thu Jan 26 2017 12:26 PM

I also drain about 99% of my cans. Just as an added measure of security in the event it were to fall or be dropped.
Posted by: advertologist

Re: Big Chief Can - Thu Jan 26 2017 05:13 PM

Originally Posted By advertologist
Originally Posted By rustystuff
Thanks for the input Randy. Was the other can you seen sold on ebay or somewhere else? What was the selling price/ condition?


the other can went thru 2 private sales - first picker too picker for 25.00 then.... will get picture & post .. ... cool


update, then can was involved in a trade,
this can is hard too photograph .. ... cool
Posted by: rustystuff

Re: Big Chief Can - Fri Jan 27 2017 12:28 PM

Nice info and feedback everyone.
Does anyone know who the seller is for the

TIOPET MOTOR OIL CAN INDIAN CHIEF "HOLY GRAIL"
being sold on ebay right now?

How does the Big Chief can stack up against the Tiopet?
Posted by: ezrider7011

Re: Big Chief Can - Fri Jan 27 2017 05:25 PM

IMO your Big Chief is a rarer can, but the Tiopet is also a top collectable for most high end quart collectors. I happened to have two, if you have any interest in one send me a PM.
Posted by: advertologist

Re: Big Chief Can - Fri Jan 27 2017 07:13 PM

Originally Posted By ezrider7011
IMO your Big Chief is a rarer can, but the Tiopet is also a top collectable for most high end quart collectors.


if I seen those 2 cans sitting side by side & was told I could take one, I'd have too go with the tiopet .. ... cool
Posted by: rustystuff

Re: Big Chief Can - Sat Jan 28 2017 06:50 PM

The Tiopet can is nice.. Just not sure if it's worth his asking price?
Posted by: rustystuff

Re: Big Chief Can - Fri Feb 03 2017 09:20 AM

Anyone know the age of these cans? I have to much mixed info.
Posted by: rustystuff

Re: Big Chief Can - Sat Jun 17 2017 07:24 PM

Hey everyone! Just wanted to check back in.. Anyone come up with the age of the Big Chief can?

ezrider, I sent a pm.. did you get it?