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Old 12-11-2013, 08:10 AM   #61
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I've got the same question about how picked your compressor as Spencer, I don't mind using junk yard parts so much as I've got an older, dirtier truck but I need to know what I'm lookin for before I go buyin a bunch till I find one that fits.. Obviously.

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...-air-saga.html

Thanks to this thread, I started (barely) this project. I've done about all I can before I pull the trigger on the compressor, but I did a ton of research on exactly which compressor will work and hopefully give you the least amount of trouble.
take a look at my thread for the homework side, and use this thread for the actual fabrication side. once life calms down for me, Ill tackle this project and maybe make a sticky- worthy writeup.
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Wow this is a well thought out mod, props to you for taking time to apply this to your truck! Awesome job. You mentioned using a bumper as an air tank, that would be killer! hope to see it
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Wow this is a well thought out mod, props to you for taking time to apply this to your truck! Awesome job. You mentioned using a bumper as an air tank, that would be killer! hope to see it
The bumper air tank never worked out. I could only get it to hold about 80 psi before I started hearing hissing around a few of my welds. It is possible and it's certainly been done before. I just don't have that much experience welding yet. The bumper held up great in moab though. Even tugged a jeep up a 6 foot wall while he was in 2wd (broken front axle) and had his e-brake on, haha.
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A word of advice/ caution: have your bracket(s) re-welded by an experienced welder... Would not be good if that air compressor got loose or broke off while driving...

just a thought.

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A word of advice/ caution: have your bracket(s) re-welded by an experienced welder... Would not be good if that air compressor got loose or broke off while driving...

just a thought.

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I appreciate the thought, but I'm not worried about those welds holding. I subsequently built a bedrack and a set of bumpers. The welds on my bumpers have held up to towing and winching without any issues.

These were my first actual welding project (i.e. not very pretty welds), but they're plenty solid. Before putting those brackets together, I cut apart many practice welds to inspect them and tested numerous welds with a 20-ton press.
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I appreciate the thought, but I'm not worried about those welds holding. I subsequently built a bedrack and a set of bumpers. The welds on my bumpers have held up to towing and winching without any issues.

These were my first actual welding project (i.e. not very pretty welds), but they're plenty solid. Before putting those brackets together, I cut apart many practice welds to inspect them and tested numerous welds with a 20-ton press.
Did you make me one of these yet Ben?
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I appreciate the thought, but I'm not worried about those welds holding. I subsequently built a bedrack and a set of bumpers. The welds on my bumpers have held up to towing and winching without any issues.

These were my first actual welding project (i.e. not very pretty welds), but they're plenty solid. Before putting those brackets together, I cut apart many practice welds to inspect them and tested numerous welds with a 20-ton press.

Ok... Good to hear. Sometimes a weld looks ok, but lacks any real penetration..... I have seen welds break due to fatigue (vibration), and just bad welding technique.

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