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Old 12-31-2008, 10:58 AM   #1
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Default Vintage Air Compressors



Okay, so the article isn't really vintage but seeing as it's New Year's Eve, we're sitting here wondering where the time has gone. It's hard to believe that 1998 was...
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Old 01-01-2009, 06:18 PM   #2
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This ones still sitting in my old shop in Ohio. Vintage,means I'm afraid to plug
it in...




The gas station I worked in as a kid still had the original
1938 vintage air compressor.A very rythmic low rpm chug sound not irratating
at all. We pulled the valves and cleaned them about once a year.It finally
died about ten years ago. The replacement died about a month after the
warranty ran out...
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Old 01-01-2009, 06:30 PM   #3
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Wow... That thing is nuts.
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Old 01-01-2009, 07:04 PM   #4
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This is mine:



Not quite as vintage as the others.

Also have this one:



A little less vintage yet.
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Old 01-01-2009, 08:45 PM   #5
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This is a 1973, give or take a year. I have the original manual and parts list, but no date, no receipt, so I cannot remember for sure which year I got it. Craftsman 1hp, 12 gal tank, 100 psi. I added the handy box and double pole 30 amp motor rated switch (set up for 120V but can be converted to 240V so I used a double pole switch in case it ever gets changed over.) Its been holding 100 psi for months now. Use it only occasionally now that I have a stationary shop compressor. 6.4 cfm @ 40 psi, 5.4 cfm @ 90 psi, it came without the belt guard, an option at the time, before they found out that stupid people used air compressors. I never had any little fingers around it so I didn't worry.

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Old 01-01-2009, 09:50 PM   #6
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You cant get any more 'vintage' than this
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...th#post2746000
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Old 01-02-2009, 12:24 PM   #7
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A few years ago my dad gave me his old Kellogg American air compressor from back when he was doing a lot of home autobody work and painting.
It hadn't been used in about 20 years and is really old. Plate on the side of the tank says 1945... It's one heavy-duty monster. I think it's about an 80 gal tank.
I replaced the pressure switch, put on a new air filter, put new oil in the pump, ran a 220v line in my garage and fired it up. Has been running like a champ ever since.

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Old 01-02-2009, 02:12 PM   #8
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Oddly enough, I have the chance to pick this up today for $100:



See the ad here:

http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/n...977248066.html

He has replaced the motor with a 1 hp 115/220 VAC unit currently set up for 220.

He says it leaks down over time. Repair parts are available at Grainger.

I would have to run 220 to the garage (I'd probably need another circuit anyway if I left it at 115 because of the current draw.) But it would be a big step up from those other smaller units I posted earlier. And could be a fun rebuild project too.

Good deal? Or not so much?
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Old 01-02-2009, 07:52 PM   #9
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has a date of 1964 on the tank, pump is a 2 stage type 30 IR/ 220v
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Old 01-02-2009, 09:57 PM   #10
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has a date of 1964 on the tank, pump is a 2 stage type 30 IR/ 220v
Haha what's the vintage on that bottle of Southern Comfort?
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Old 01-02-2009, 10:05 PM   #11
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That's Jim Beam, I believe.
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Old 01-03-2009, 08:21 PM   #12
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Mine is an old Devilblis with a big old 220V motor in it (Repulsion Induction)

Oh, and when I mean big.... that's a 60 gallon tank!



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Old 01-04-2009, 10:02 AM   #13
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I guess old tanks are safe?!
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Old 01-04-2009, 10:54 AM   #14
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IHMO, you will never see an old tank "explode". You will have leaks for a long time that start being bigger leaks to the point that you stop using the compressor before it explodes. The tank will rot out and begin to leak from the most rotted area a little at a time as the rot gets worse and worse.
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Old 01-07-2009, 02:12 PM   #15
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Oldie but a good compressor had a gas engine on it when I got it. I think it was from the army. Sorry pics to big
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Old 01-07-2009, 02:23 PM   #16
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Made the pictures a little smaller.
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This ones still sitting in my old shop in Ohio. Vintage,means I'm afraid to plug
it in...




The gas station I worked in as a kid still had the original
1938 vintage air compressor.A very rythmic low rpm chug sound not irratating
at all. We pulled the valves and cleaned them about once a year.It finally
died about ten years ago. The replacement died about a month after the
warranty ran out...

WOW! That is definately an old piece. Like some kind of ancient scuba gear !!
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Old 02-14-2009, 09:29 PM   #18
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I just thought I would post a picture of a air compressor that I have in my shed. I love this thing it is not the fastest but it has a nice quiet chug.
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Hello I am new here, Im 25yrs old but I have a soft spot for old vintage tools. I just thought I would post a picture of a air compressor that I have in my shed. I love this thing it is not the fastest but it has a nice quiet chug.
Wow -- that is an antique!! What's the date of manufacture? I'm guessing around 1915-1920.

Incredible that something that old can still function well.
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I believe its like a 1926. The electric motor that is on it is a little under powered and I would like to put another on it. I also have a Sibley and Ware camelback drill that is about 10' tall that is not operational yet but hopefully soon I will get back to it.
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