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Old 02-02-2006, 11:57 PM
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Anyone know of any good sites for Antique Air Compressors, I think I have an old Champion Twin Cyl. Opposed with a cooling fin pipe going over the top between cyl.

Will get out the camera this weekend and get some shots and post.

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Mel, please post some photos ,I think that I have the same compressor but no tag . it would be nice to know if it is the same. Corky.
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Something like this perhaps?
http://ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7587040019

The two-stage USACo should have a finned cast iron intercooler, not the copper tube as shown in this auction. They were built in the early 1920's for inflating tires in the early service stations. They also made a single cylinder vertical.

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Arnie,
I have the exact same USACo air compressor with the copper tube on top. I believe the copper tube is original. The tank on my compressor is dated 1927.

Mike
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Old 02-04-2006, 05:08 PM
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I have one of these, too. Mine also has a copper pipe connecting the 2 stages, though it doesn't look original since it uses 1/2 inch soldered fittings.
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Jim,
I would guess that your pipe isn't original. Mine does not have any soldered fittings on it. Your original one probably got damaged beyond repair at some point, and making another one up from plumbing supplies was probably the next best thing.

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Just got up and running after the storm and having time to play a little.

Will dig out the copressor and take some photos of it , not like the one posted.

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DAYTON AIR COMPRESSOR. It is a twin cyl, two stage , with a flat belt flywheel. It has brass tag on crankcase behind flywheel that is stamped with, "The Dayton Air Compressor" 1 hp - 1 speed - 180 lbs - cubic ft 5 - serial no. 103195

Melvin Myers
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John: Thanks for the input, this is and old unit with a wide flat belt drive, not anything modern.

thanks

Mel

Have it free and pumping, need to paint and hook up.

Anyone with any information on Dayton Air Compressor

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Mel.
dayton air compressors are sold by w.w. grainger. you can probably find them on the internet. i have had one since 1966, burned the motor out last year by running to high a pressure. good piece of iron.
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Sorry to disrupt your talk about Dayton compressors. I just found an old compressor in a shed out back and was wondering if anyone can shed some light on it. It needs a motor, but I have no idea what kind or size. The flywheel turns over easily so I imagine there is no problem internally. I guess what I'm hoping for is for someone to tell me what I need to do to get this thing running. I think it may be worth a try.
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Hello Vertex,
Nice find, I would think a 3HP motor at about 1725RPM would be about right. There are cheaper smaller frame 3450RPM motors available now that may work, but I have had no experience with them. What ever you use, a thermally protected motor is desirable but not necessary. It can be protected somewhat by fuses or a motor controller with overload protection. HOWEVER if you use a motor with built in protection it must require MANUAL reset. If auto reset is used it could restart while someone has their hands in the belts etc. You will also need relief protection, and pressure switch. Looks like a pressure switch in middle of picture.
I believe WW Grainger has a section on setting up a compressor in their catalog, that covers about everything very well. The catalog is available on line.
Maybe some other Stakers can help with more specific info.
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I have a Champion Air Compressor. It look like Vertex's pictured above in his post. Mine is dated around 1925, has a 3hp induction repultion 220V motor and still runs and compresses air! It is in it's original form except for the pressure switch. The old switch had exposed contacts and was very unsafe.

I would willing to sell the compressor to anyone interested. I need the room.
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what i have is a 1922 USACO AIR COMPRESSOR. I cleaned an painted it.I need a 1920's elect motor(the one on it is not original and it dosn't work good enough to pull it over)and test the old electronics on it to pretty much finish it.the lettering is gold leaf paint and i put a small air filter on it.Tell me what you think of it, and were i might sell it or show case it.
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