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  • Flea Market Find...Can you provide info?

    Hi,

    Hopefully someone out there can provide me with some information regarding what I believe is a Studebaker (at least the Logo looks like it, see below) Air Compressor at a flea market yesterday.

    I have not been able to find out much on the Internet about it except that some luxury cars (1920's, 1930's, Packards and Caddies and Studebakers?)came with air compressors to pressurize fuel tanks and or re-fill flat tires. Is this in fact what I have?

    It looks to be very well made with tapered roller bearings on the crank shaft and it is really stylish. I bought it because I like older machinery and would like to use it to power model steam engines that I have made in my shop.

    Some specs: 2.250" Bore X ~1" Stroke; Integral Tank(SMALL); Overall size: 14" long X 12" high; Drive pulley ~5".

    I wish my Dad was alive as I think he would get a kick out of this thing and would probably be able to tell me all about them...

    Any info you can provide would be appreciated!








  • #2
    Nope, not Studebaker. It was made by a company named "Spray It", possibly in the 40s. Looks like they were bought out by Craftsman at some point. I think they were mostly used for airbrushes. Interestingly, the company became Thomas Industries, which is based in my hometown of Louisville, KY



    Read all about it here:

    http://www.lepoix.de/html/machine_ag..._d20060048.htm

    Mark Anderson
    1965 Cruiser
    http://home.alltel.net/anderm
    Home of the Cruiser Registry

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    • #3
      Nope, not Studebaker. It was made by a company named "Spray It", possibly in the 40s. Looks like they were bought out by Craftsman at some point. I think they were mostly used for airbrushes. Interestingly, the company became Thomas Industries, which is based in my hometown of Louisville, KY



      Read all about it here:

      http://www.lepoix.de/html/machine_ag..._d20060048.htm

      Mark Anderson
      1965 Cruiser
      http://home.alltel.net/anderm
      Home of the Cruiser Registry

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      • #4
        There is a spray gun by that manufacturer on eBay

        http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-1939-Spr...QQcmdZViewItem

        Leonard Shepherd
        http://leonardshepherd.com/

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        • #5
          There is a spray gun by that manufacturer on eBay

          http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-1939-Spr...QQcmdZViewItem

          Leonard Shepherd
          http://leonardshepherd.com/

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          • #6
            Studebaker or no Studebaker, it is just about the coolest looking air compressor I have ever seen![]

            From the era of REAL "Industrial Design" [^]


            Dick Steinkamp
            Bellingham, WA

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            • #7
              Studebaker or no Studebaker, it is just about the coolest looking air compressor I have ever seen![]

              From the era of REAL "Industrial Design" [^]


              Dick Steinkamp
              Bellingham, WA

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              • #8
                [:I] Thanks guys; that's what I get for believing the guy selling the compressor. The one in your link is nearly identical to the one I bought. Oh well, I guess it's perfectly suited to the application I had intended it for.

                Thanks Again!

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                • #9
                  [:I] Thanks guys; that's what I get for believing the guy selling the compressor. The one in your link is nearly identical to the one I bought. Oh well, I guess it's perfectly suited to the application I had intended it for.

                  Thanks Again!

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                  • #10
                    Nice piece of garage art.Spiff it up abit and everybody who stops by will have to look at it.Better re-stock the beer fridge
                    Mono mind in a stereo world

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                    • #11
                      Nice piece of garage art.Spiff it up abit and everybody who stops by will have to look at it.Better re-stock the beer fridge
                      Mono mind in a stereo world

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                      • #12
                        That looks suspiciously like a Raymond Loewy design. I just spent a few minutes on the Raymond Loewy website and didn't find it, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if it turned out to be one of his efforts. 'Sure has all the cues. BP
                        We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

                        Ayn Rand:
                        "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

                        G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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                        • #13
                          That looks suspiciously like a Raymond Loewy design. I just spent a few minutes on the Raymond Loewy website and didn't find it, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if it turned out to be one of his efforts. 'Sure has all the cues. BP
                          We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

                          Ayn Rand:
                          "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

                          G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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                          • #14
                            That thing's a CLOSE relative of the Simca hub caps that keep pooping up on ebay as Studebaker pieces![xx(]

                            Miscreant adrift in
                            the BerStuda Triangle


                            1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                            1960 Larkvertible V8
                            1958 Provincial wagon
                            1953 Commander coupe

                            No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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                            • #15
                              That thing's a CLOSE relative of the Simca hub caps that keep pooping up on ebay as Studebaker pieces![xx(]

                              Miscreant adrift in
                              the BerStuda Triangle


                              1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                              1960 Larkvertible V8
                              1958 Provincial wagon
                              1953 Commander coupe

                              No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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