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Military Air Compressor with Briggs N Engine


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Old 11-19-2007, 12:51:57 AM
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While picking up my generator this weekend, I also took a look around at what else the seller had for sale, behind his shed was a nice 1 wheeled tube frame small air compressor, I recognized it right away, as the frame my nice original Briggs model N engine would have come off. I bought it on the spot. I do not know a whole lot about it, I have seen a few around at shows and from what I have seen these were made during WWII for the Army. A tag on the Air pump says " Bendix- Westinghouse Automotive - Air brake Co "
Ser F543 Piece # 221442 Type 2US4VA” The engine I have for this set up was made in 1942. It appears that there was another tag on the air breather of the compressor at on time, but only 2 rivets remain maybe this was a US Army property tag or something like it.
I am looking for any information this Unit; does a military operators/parts manual exist?

I have attached some pictures, I hope to take some better ones this week.

The compressor is all free now and seems to have enough compression to pump air. I also got rid of the brackets that were welded to the frame possibly to use it an electric motor to run the compressor

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Default Re: Military Air Compressor with Briggs N Engine

Hello,
A buddy of mine had a exact copy of that compressor, that he restored a few years before he passed. They are a nice unit, but don't expect to air up more than one small car tire are a time! I don't know what they where used for in the military, as they just don't pump much volume.
Nice looking Briggs engine with the generator.

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Richard
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Old 11-19-2007, 04:58:05 PM
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These air compressors are vintage WW2 and were made to parachute out of airplanes to where they were needed and their main purpose was to inflate truck and trailer tires. The steel tubing surrounding the compressor and engine was actually the receiver for the air and would not hold much. The engine would stay running, when the receiver was up to the rated PSI, and the compressor would unload until the PSI dropped and a call for air was given.
They used a model N Briggs with both a kick start and rope start for each engine as was the spec for most military items back then. They were very well made and would take a lot of abuse but like was pointed out earlier, they did not put out much CFM, but then again compared to a Lindsay or other compressors of that era, they did a great job for which they were intended.
I have a restored one and would like to secure any printed material thay may have been available for these compressors.
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Jim,
I would like to see some pics if you have any especially of the area where the pressure gauge is since mine is missing.
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Jonathan,
I do not have a digital camera, but if you send me your street address I will send you pictures of my restored compressor which shows what I believe you are looking for.
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It looks to be in very good shape. A larger Briggs engine for sure. Possibly one of the Z models?


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Jack,

After much research I found out that this engine is a Briggs BP. This unit was only manufactured for a few years in the mid 1940's by Kohler (the generator part was), before they developed their own air-cooled "K Series" engines. I was able to track down another engine, along with the original owners manual for the generator. I have since sold this engine to Briggs collector Greg A. Greg got it running, I kept the other more complete generator. I also still have the air compressor unit.

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Jonathan:
I have one of these units and the original owners manual. Contact me with a private message if you are intrested in a copy of the manual.
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Jonathan:
Here is a picture of my unit.

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cool lookin' unit! thanks for sharing!
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