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Date:  9-27-2009
Number of Hours:  2.00
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Brief Description:  Grandpa's Air Compressor

I planned to do some work on the airplane today, but... Theresa brought my Grandpa's old air compressor to the house for me to look at. It has been in need of repair for some time, and it just sat deteriorating in my parent's shed for the last couple of years. They said that it would turn on ok, but that it didn't generate any pressure. Actually, it worked just fine; it’s just an old, small, single piston compressor that takes time to generate pressure. It needed a bit of cleaning as it had dobber nests in the motor, the belt shroud was broken, the pressure line from the compressor cylinder was leaking a bit, etc.

I started by repairing the shroud mounts... they were bent and the rivets were broken, I bent the brackets back into place and drilled out and replaced the rivets. I drained and replaced the oil in the compressor unit. I also drained the main tank... very little moisture in there and it was not rusty... a good sign. I removed all the pressure lines, cleaned the fittings and reinstalled with fresh Teflon. To top it off, I purchased a new coil hose and a blower/tire set. It only generates ~80psi, which ought to be ok for blowing sawdust and inflating tires. I'll keep it around as long as I can... Grandpa would be glad that it is getting some use... especially in an airplane hangar.

I have probably not mentioned this anywhere else in my log, so I will mention it here... Grandpa was a B-25 pilot in the US Army Air Corps (WWII in the Pacific), and a wind tunnel engineer for LTV in Grand Prairie, TX.
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Up and Running Again

Up and Running Again

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Regulator and Pressure Switch Work Fine

Regulator and Pressure Switch Work Fine

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Montgomery Ward

Montgomery Ward

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