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Flathead air compressor???

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by tattooedup37, Jan 27, 2007.

  1. tattooedup37
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    I have the oppurtunity to buy an original kit to convert a 1937 flattie nto a compressor. I have heard of these where 4 cyl. are firing and the other 4 are actually compressing. This kit makes the whole engine a compressor and I have know fuckin' clue how? Does it use an external power source or what. the guy has no clue HELP
     
  2. flathead okie
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    oops. nevermind. ididn't read it right the first time.
     
  3. tattooedup37
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    Ya I know. I said that. With this setup all cylinders compress?
     
  4. tattooedup37
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    no problem hahahaha
     

  5. Big Dad
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    Not all 4 .. I seen ones that use 4 holes ?
     
  6. Svenny
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    Sounds like one of those Popular Mechanics projects from the 50's.
    You might try a Public Library that has a good periodicals section.

    You'd be surprised how helpful a good librarian in a large library can be!
     
  7. tattooedup37
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  8. chopperkid13
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    i would buy the kit...just for the intake...hmmmm turbo?
     
  9. rodrelic
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    Probably worth some bucks just for a investment. O had a rental I maintained whileour rotary was being overhauled. Was a 460 ford, one side had plugs and ran like a motor. The other side had lines with check valves in lines that went to the tank. Oversimplified, but block the intake so as to eliminate the fuel from the air...
    And a different cap to insure the spark fored allm 4 cylinders...
    Crude but works, and that kit is a keeper not because it is efficent or practical nowdays but because it's histoirical...
    and someone wants it, so it.s trade stock for hot rod parts.
     
  10. Casey
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    I wanted to do this with a v8 60 ? buy it and post some pictures ! how mutch is it ? hell I will buy it . if your not going to! pm. me if your not going to buy it . Casey.
     
  11. fab32
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    I had a flarthead air compressor in about 1968 that was built by a company named Schramm. 4 cylinders compressed the air and 4 cylinders powered it. I believe Schramm is still in business, at least they were a few years ago. They made a lot of them in later years out of 6 cyl engines, 3 for power and 3 to compress. All of the construction air hammers you see at road constructions jobs are powered by a compressor of a similar type.

    Frank
     

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