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I was rummaging through my father's old files and found these plans. I have the actual compressor too, it has been sitting on a shelf for about 25 years at my house, and another 30 at his house. Age and health are getting to me.... so, I'm gathering information on how to assess and disposition all manners of "stuff". The print is date Jan 1957 (issue date). I think we may have other info, i am continuing to look for that.
I'd appreciate comments on what to do with it. i.e. sell, donate, whateveer
Thanks.
Bill
 

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The Stuart compressor is a quite rare item, as it is a long time since castings were last available. Cleaned up, it should be snapped up on Ebay, where ST stuff generally fetches a lot.
 

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Thank you for your comments. I am still looking for additional information. I wanted to add some pictures of the compressor for all to see. Just remember that this is the "as-is" condition. It has been on a shelf in a garage for at least 50 years. It still turns, and if you put your finger over the output fitting it still pumps air. I do not see any markings or identifications on it. When i was very little, my father had a compressor mounted in a 1950's pickup engine compartment. I remember he could attach a belt to the generator pulley and run the compressor to fill a small WWII surplus aircraft oxygen bottle. I do not know if this is that air compressor, but i suspect it is.
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scan the drawings or get them scanned, get them touched up, and bung them on the internet with a 10 dollar download fee. build a steam engine for the compressor.
 

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HI, please get in touch with me as I just purchased a set of castings for the compressor and I hope to build it to go with the Sirius I built. Please e-mail as I don't spend a lot of time on this forum. jonkgn@gmail.com Thanks
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I was rummaging through my father's old files and found these plans. I have the actual compressor too, it has been sitting on a shelf for about 25 years at my house, and another 30 at his house. Age and health are getting to me.... so, I'm gathering information on how to assess and disposition all manners of "stuff". The print is date Jan 1957 (issue date). I think we may have other info, i am continuing to look for that.
I'd appreciate comments on what to do with it. i.e. sell, donate, whateveer
Thanks.
Bill
I would love to have a legible copy of the prints for this compressor. I'd like to do as your dad did and mount under the hood of my truck.

Semper Fidleis

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Miss Emma Yes, I bought that set off ebay. No problem as I feel I still got a good deal.

Jim, attached is the pdf Bill sent me. I selected the poster print option in Acrobat and ended up with a 22 x 36 print (8 pages). Good legibility.
 

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Thank you, This is a MUCH better copy. I appreciate it.

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De nada, but Bill (BS Texan) is the one who deserves the thanks
 

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Well done Circlip!! And Thank you for all your efforts in cleaning up the drawings. By doing so, you made the file a good 60% smaller.
 

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Very impressive Circlip. Got to ask the question - which s/w tools did you use to clean up the drawing?
 

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Tried to get an address to post the PDF anonymously (Circlip is my avatar name on all forums I post on) via management, that seemed to fall on deaf ears? Remembered Fraser from past contact and he kindly posted on here for me. Wasn't going to subscribe but had to reply direct, so, hey ho.
Life time employment in full size Ingineering and me late Dad pre determined my interest in "Toys" not only in the hard stuff but also Balsa, Ply Glass Fibre etc.. Was introduced to Acad after about twenty six years drawing with graphite and ink, What a revelation. After a forced retirement due to couple of M I s, picked up on a couple of threads on RC Group forum, saving old toy aeroplane plans, cleaning and rescaling to full size and was gifted a copy of "Photoshop 7" by a mate in Michigan, Yes, I know it's a Graphics program(me) but as you can see, it doesn't do too bad?
At present, responsible for about 2500 Toy A/C plans on "Outerzone", another Bradfordians site for free downloads. The hook was the "High Res" copy posted above, urgg, what a mess. BUT, as they say in the awards, had it not been for the kind efforts of others in this thread, I couldn't have done it. The ONLY reward necessary is that someone will (despite the oddities of an old English design), be able to reproduce it a bit easier, and we've saved it dropping into obscurity.
Best regards Ian.

PS., sorry if I've screwed up (Not Members of this site), the cash cow of SOME on fleebay.
 

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Circlip

Thank you. This will be a big help when I start on the compressor
 

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Last one I saw on Ebay went for about £150 - ish I think (memory imperfect). I can't see the sizes on your drawing, but I guess that it is the "Sun-sized" one from the adjacent keyboard? The Sun engine of the same size (3/4" bore and stroke) goes for £200 or thereabouts if tidy. The compressor is like a Sun engine up to the cylinder head. (Block, crank, con-rods, pistons). - In 20+ years I have only ever seen 2 on Ebay so it is a rare beast! (but there are half a dozen or more working steam engines every year). Just make sure it turns freely... A rusty solid engine is worth scrap iron value. - But a bit of TLC can convert some scrap from zero to $200...
If however it is a larger compressor based on the Sirius engine, then it is a very rare beast - I have never seen one.
Ebay is best - start the Auction at $100 + postage and the sky is the limit!
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Possibly I am wrong... I quoted the Sun engine as 3/4" bore and stroke. This compressor is 1" bore and stroke - so I'm probably wrong with my comparison, or Sun sizes?
Sorry,
K2
 

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