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Old 03-07-2009, 03:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Truck mounted air compressor

Alright you guys have been really helpful so far on my truck so i have another question for you.

Im looking to mount an air compressor on the truck for odd jobs that we might need it for. Mostly filling tires or maybe using it for the occasional air tool. Nothing really heavy duty tho. I also dont want to spend a lot of money on it. This is a plow truck so anything that is mounted needs to with stand the outside elements. This has to be an underbody installiation because there is no room for it in the truck.

Im looking at the ViAir 380C because i cant get it for ~$190 which seems reasonable. Anybody have thoughts on this system or a better system. From the looks of the ViAir 380C it looks like it does not have a tank. I dont really understand how does these systems work without a tank.

I do not plan on running airhorns or an airbag system. So that isnt important to me.

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Old 03-07-2009, 03:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Look at ::Kilby Enterprises::, it's belt driven and works great. I've had a belt driven compressor on a truck for probably 25 years. Handier than shirt pockets. I have burnt a couple of the compressors up but they were my fault.
I just bought the bracket set without the compressor and pieced all of that together. Just an idea.
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Old 03-07-2009, 03:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Get the ViAir 480C instead. I've had two of them on two different trucks and they worked flawlessly. The 480C flows more CFM, faster recovery time, and it's the same size as the 380C. I got both of mine on ebay for well under $200 with shipping and a pressure switch.
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Do i need a tank for these pumps? How does this mount to the truck?
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You'll need an air tank if you plan on using air tools or air horns. I drilled and tapped my drivers side frame rail and used 5/16 bolts to mount my tanks and compressor.

Viair 480C Compressor and 3 gallon air tank on the drivers side frame rail:



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Thats a really neat installation. The tanks im looking at are rated for 150psi and the pump is 200psi. Can i dial back the pump so its under the 150psi?

Will the tank and the pump be able to handle the elements of the road?

If i buy the pump off of ebay and the tank from another auction is there anything else that i will need to install it?
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I have a 150psi pressure switch so my compressor shuts off at 150psi. The compressor is weather proof, but I wouldn't go submerge the compressor in water though. I haven't had any problems.
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What do you guys think about this:
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Hello all, new member here.

I have an electric "Hadley" system installed, but they don't recommend more than a 7 min run time w/ a 30 min cool down. I'm looking for a belt driven compresser and brackets to solve this problem. I tried the Kilby site, but they don't show a bracket kit for a 97 B-series. Still looking for the bracket via "google" though.

Thanks for any help available,

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97 Dodge 2500 stock, hadley compressor, 5+ gallon semi-trailer air tank, dual air horns.
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Old 03-08-2009, 09:25 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Brad on the Kilby sight has been talking about building a bracket for the 12 valve motor. Maybe if enough people ask they will make one. I adapted the 24 valve bracket to a 12 valve for a while. It worked but I had some problems with it. With a little more time spent building it I think they would work.
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Has anyone tried a compressor from a 6BT school bus application. I believe the compressor is a 3960069 or 3690069. You would also need a check valve and air govenor both of which you can get from napa. What I don't know is if the compressor drive is already on the pickup motor or if you could add it. Don't know if there is enough room for it either. Would like to know if this has ever been done or is possible. I need to go talk to my cummins shop.
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Old 04-22-2009, 08:18 AM   #12 (permalink)
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nice set up Txpig, wish my rig was as clean as your frame
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