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Air Compressor Project
#1435637 Sun Jan 02 2022 01:04 AM
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Lugnutz Offline OP
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I made a page on my website so you can see all the pictures and a video with one click.
The original 1963 tank has a hole. I have a brand new tank to swap. What do I do if the top bung is a different size?
Ideas?
Suggestions?
The pump compresses air but I'm not sure how well because the tank has a leak. If I need to rebuild the pump, is that difficult?

Here's the LINK to PICS and a VIDEO. [lugnutz65chevystepside.weebly.com]

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Re: Air Compressor Project
Lugnutz #1435640 Sun Jan 02 2022 01:13 AM
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Housekeeping (Moderator) Making a Stovebolt Bed & Paint and Body Shop Forums
If the bung is larger, just use a reducing bushing. If it's smaller, you could probably use a reducer (female both ends) and nipple, but it might restrict air delivery into the tank from the compressor. You could pipe the compressor discharge into another larger bung, and just use the smaller one for the pressure switch.

Rebuilding a compressor is about like an engine, but for something that old, you might have trouble finding parts. The used compressor (an old Devilbiss) I bought leaked at the base gasket and I was lucky to find a replacement gasket.


Kevin
Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos [flickr.com]
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Re: Air Compressor Project
Lugnutz #1435658 Sun Jan 02 2022 02:54 AM
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The copper tube coming off the pump gets hot pretty quick, so I think that’s a good sign.

Re: Air Compressor Project
Lugnutz #1435660 Sun Jan 02 2022 03:04 AM
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Your 3/4 HP compressor will work fine for airing up tires and blowing off dusty parts, but will be lacking if you try to use air tools or sand blast.

As Kevin said you can use any bung on the tank for the air supply/pressure manifold, it doesn't have to be the one on top. How old it the 'new' tank?

Mike B smile

Re: Air Compressor Project
Lugnutz #1435661 Sun Jan 02 2022 03:09 AM
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The new tank is brand new. It’s been in storage for a few years. It was a “throw away” that someone offered me. I was gonna use it to double my tank volume but never got around to it.

The downside to this tank is that I saved it years ago and it now provides even more motivation and justification for me to save junk.

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Re: Air Compressor Project
Lugnutz #1435667 Sun Jan 02 2022 03:53 AM
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I have a SpeedAir compressor. It uses the same pump you have with a 2 HP motor and 20 gallon tank. So you should be able to upgrade to a larger motor. If you need specs and can't find them online, let me know and I will scan them.


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Re: Air Compressor Project
Gord&Fran #1435668 Sun Jan 02 2022 03:59 AM
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I didn't realize the motor was so undersized. Oh well, it's still a cool project anyway, I guess.

Re: Air Compressor Project
Lugnutz #1435672 Sun Jan 02 2022 04:21 AM
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If you choose a higher HP motor, your electric company will send you a "thank you" card every time you turn it on. I shudder to think about the gymnastics my electric meter is going to do when I use the rotary 3 phase converter and fire up my crankshaft grinder. It's got a 5 HP motor for the grinding wheel, and a 3/4 HP variable speed drive unit to keep the crankshaft spinning! The coolant pump will consume another 1/4 HP. Even then, grinding my own cranks will save money over subbing the jobs out!

A surplus store nearby has a bunch of retired 200 gallon LP gas tanks for sale for $100.00 each. I'm thinking of building a lean-to shed beside the shop and using two small compressors to pressurize one of them. I'll wire one to a pressure switch setting to maintain the pressure during periods of light use, and run both of them in high volume situations when the tank pressure drops to a lower level. The bigger the tank, the less frequently a compressor has to run.
Jerry


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Re: Air Compressor Project
Hotrod Lincoln #1435684 Sun Jan 02 2022 06:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Hotrod Lincoln
The bigger the tank, the less frequently a compressor has to run.
Jerry
But it has to run longer to refill the tank.

Just be happy that you aren't on a commercial account that has demand charges applied. With bigger motors, they throw that charge on for every 15 minute period that it runs. Residential rates typically just charge by kwh with no extra fees for higher draw periods.


Kevin
Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos [flickr.com]
#2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up.
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Re: Air Compressor Project
Lugnutz #1435688 Sun Jan 02 2022 06:46 AM
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Kettle Custodian (pot stirrer)
When I worked for E&J Gallo winery in California as a maintenance man, they had a bunch of ammonia refrigeration units to chill the wine and stop the fermentation in a 600,000 gallon tank when it reached the right stage, to keep it from going to vinegar. Those units used 100 HP electric motors, and we probably had 40 of them or so!
Jerry


"Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose"
Kris Kristofferson

Cringe and wail in fear, Eloi- - - - -we Morlocks are on the hunt!

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