I put an old York A/C Compressor form a early '80's ford van into my '83
RamCharger to act as an air compressor. I have attached the contraption to
the front of the motor where the smog pump used to be, with safety in mind I
have attached a pressure switch and if that should go bad, a relief valve
set at 150 psi. I then plumbed it to a 2 1/2 Gal fire extinguisher, rated at
over 500 psi., as a holding tank. I switched the unit to a positive ignition
source. With the flip of a switch I'm able to use a wide variety of air
tools directly off the truck's motor plumbed to the front grill for
convienance. I also added an oiler, filter and pressure regulator with
gauge. My only limitation is for those air hungry tools such as a air saw or
cut-off tool. It will work but for a limited time, most of the other tools
such as the ratchet and wrench work without incident.
Sears is always having sales on compressors, you should take a look at them.
I opted on going for the Ingersoll Rand model [Sears item #00918298000] at
the local Sears rather then the Craftsman due to IR's reputation as being
the innovator and leader in air equipment. I'm not sure who makes the
Craftsman compressors. Anybody?
Then maybe you can get into air spraying shellacs and the like, of which I
have yet to delve into. But it sound like fun? Dec. FWW just went into a
unit that cost nearly $1000. WOW.
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