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    Posted: Sep/09/2021 at 10:20pm
I'm looking for some advice concerning what to do with this old air compressor.

some history......
My family has owned this air compressor since approx 1951

It's original purpose was running the equipment at the Molina quarry in Molina, Mo. and running start up motors on bulldozers...that was it's primary duty.

I have been using the compressor up to the current date with only changing out the electric motor 15 years ago.

I don't know anything about air compressors and I don't know what it is, if its worth saving, or just scrap ?

The bad: the tank is leaking and I don't feel it is safe to try and weld ?
A new tank is more than a new 60 gallon 2 stage compressor ?

I hate to scrap it because to compressor and electric motor run with no problems ?

A new 2 stage 60 gallon compressor is less than 2 grand.

What the heck is it ? it is a 4 cylinder V-twin but is it a single stage...dual stage.. ?

It has 4 cylinders but only 2 intake  air cleaners ?

Should I just haul it to the dump and buy a new 60 gallon 2 stage for less then 2 grand or try and do something with it ?










Edited by DragRacingSpirit - Sep/09/2021 at 10:32pm
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The problem with most cheap new compressors is that they run fast and generate heat and therefore condensation. The old compressors tend to run slower and cooler. If the compressor runs good and generates enough air for what you're using it for, I'd get another tank for it.

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Looks to be a two stage , get a tank for it . Maybe find a used one ( they are dated for age ) . Go to a local air / vacuum repair shop and see if they have one they may have replaced because of compressor motor issues . Worst case I think you can get a tank new for under $1000 . Replace what you have would be at least double 
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And free shipping.

I agree with Mopar_guy, for the same capacity older units typically run slower, are quieter, and produce slightly cooler air.  IMHO probably the best compressor still available is a Saylor Beall but they are NOT cheap.
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thanks for the input.

Instead of buying a whole new compressor in the same class as what I already have it is going to be far cheaper to buy the tank.


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i got one from sears that is a single stage and you cannot stay in the garage while it is running unless you have on shooter ear muffs. so stay with what you got and i bet it is quiet
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I used to work at a place that had a compressor tank rupture.
Same general type compressor,  from the late 50's,  he bought it from a closed Ford dealership in 89, and we moved it to his new bodyshop.
 About 2010,  after I retired , they were both in the office, about 20 ftfrom the compressor,  which was out side the shop in a shed.
It ruptured along a weld seam in the bottom, ricocheted off the outside block wall,  went through the shed roof,  and ended up in a field about 50 yards away.   This was a about 600 lb unit.
Can you imagine the energy it took to do this,  nobody knows how high it went,  because nobody saw it.

The tank had rust around the bottom seam,  from the inside.

I once made a wood stove out of a old compressor tank,  I cut off the end cap ,  and  the bottom had about 1 foot rusty patch the entire length of the tank,  almost completely thru the almost 1/4 in steel.
Probably from years of not having the moisture drained out often enough.  It looked fine from the outside.

A 60-80 gallon tank, with 150-200 psi in it has enough destructive potential to kill you.
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 I do like those old compressors,  you can still get parts for the better know brands.
But those old tanks worry me.

I worked at a dealership where the big main compressor suddenly wouldn't start one morning.
When they started checking it, it was locked up, dry of oil.   
It hadn't leaked out ,  it had used it all.

I've been around and working with compressors over 50 years now,  endless stories of neglect.
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Those oldies run forever.  Be sure to change the air filters and use compressor oil when you change it. I'd bet that electric motor is rebuildable too.

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Since that tank has been in the family for 70-years I would keep it and make it into a BBQ grill when you get the new one. That way it's still around and still useful.

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