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Technical ford v-8 air compressor

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by harley rider, Apr 6, 2016.

  1. harley rider
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 527

    harley rider

    anyone ever see any thing like this? (I'm sure some one has.) I found this for sale on a vintage parts site . the text said one side is running engine other side is compressor. I've seen small engines turned into compressors. my grand father had one made from a 4cyl. flat head. but never seen any thing like this. was this a factory thing or some kind of after market conversion or maybe a one off home made piece ?

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  2. Commercial conversion, by Onan IIRC but I may be wrong on the manufacturer. I've always seen these mounted on trailers.
  3. 302GMC
    Joined: Dec 15, 2005
    Posts: 6,899

    from Idaho

    There's a 289 or 302 Ford based unit being rebuilt at a local shop. Was it Gardner-Denver that built Model A and V8 based compressors from the late 20s on ?
  4. stimpy
    Joined: Apr 16, 2006
    Posts: 3,547


    we use them on the mobile trucks for doing tires on the side of the highway , they work real good , I was almost tempted to get one for the shop I was at since it didn't have a box that had enough amps in it for a compressor yet alone lights ( 60 a) I had access to a big and I mean big !!! ( measured in CUft not gallons ) air reciever from a industrial plastics plant ., the nice thing about these compressors is they are water cooled so the liners wear good , and pressure oil fed , you have to use a big dryer and filter on them as they do make lots of water . ( we used a air brake system dryer after a smaller wet tank )

  5. stimpy
    Joined: Apr 16, 2006
    Posts: 3,547


    ours was a grimmer schmidt
  6. ingram
    Joined: Sep 23, 2013
    Posts: 18

    from Georgia

    We ground many camshafts for a company named Gas Jack, Inc. They used a Ford 460 that was converted into a compressor/pump type of device used for extracting natural gas out of the ground. Only one engine bank was used to operate the valves, so only 8 of the 16 cam lobes were used.
  7. aaggie
    Joined: Nov 21, 2009
    Posts: 2,531


    There are a lot of old Flathead V-8s around that were made into air compressors. Mostly commercial but it was easy enough that a few Farmers had home made units in the barn.
  8. 1pickup
    Joined: Feb 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,075


    Yup. My brother built one several years ago to use for sandblasting. If I remember correctly, it was a 390 Ford. Built onto it's own trailer. Worked, but not as good as he had hoped.
  9. had a A banger unit - they sold the head kit to run the in board cylinders for the compressor sold it at Pate swap meet
  10. Schramm made Flathead air compressors with flathead V8's........4 cyls run it and 4 compress air....... heads weigh a ton.........
    compressor eng.jpg
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