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Old 07-11-2008, 05:33 PM
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There really is nothing new about those 50/50 engine/compressor outfits and they have been around just about forever. Back in the fifties the old Ford flathead was popular for this conversion with more than one company building them. I have seen them (commercially built) from Ford 302s, 351s, VWs and Buick V6s, at least one outfit is still building the V6s but these things are not really good for much unless you need a heck of a lot of air. They work OK on a large service truck that might need to run something like 1" drive impact wrenches for extended periods and such as that but otherwise they are more trouble and expense than they are worth. They are for commercial use and will cost a ton of money to operate plus they are extremely noisy so there is really very little demand for them.
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