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Steam Engine or Air Compressor?


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Old 06-04-2019, 10:58:51 AM
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Is this a steam engine or air compressor? I lean towards steam engine because it has two flat belt pulleys and valve box on the side.
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Engine. Db.
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Yep, steam engine. Rescue it!
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Default Re: Steam Engine or Air Compressor?

It gets washed in salt water twice a day for more than 50 years. I bet its stuck.
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Yeah, I'll go out on a limb and say that "Atlas Engine Works is a clue.
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It gets washed in salt water twice a day for more than 50 years. I bet its stuck.
Gee... what would draw that conclusion??

The giveaway that it's actually an engine, not a pump... is the eccentric on the side. If it was a pump, the eccentric would NOT be necessary.

Flip it upright, and take more pictures. Even if it's stuck, it's still worth rescue...
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Dusty it doesn't look too rusty for being near salt water. i 've seen pictures of engines on beaches that are just a lump of rust. if nothing else it would be a good lawn ornament, it needs flipping over.
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Default Re: Steam Engine or Air Compressor?

Here is a page from an Atlas brochure, it shows a centre crank engine with throttling governor, probably similar to the engine on the beach.

The other photo shows a similar engine, sorry I can't recall who took this photo, I may have found it on this forum.
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