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Any one added and air compressor?

just curious, i plan on adding a large power inverter and either an AC or DC air compressor under the bed of my PSD. has any one else done that? if so how did you set it up?

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You are living in the right time my friend. There are so many compressors out there now. Not just your standard Firestone overload air compressor. Todays lowryder cars and trucks are all on air. I have put the Firestone pump on my superduty. It is a good pump for what it was designed for, Airing up air bags. If you want to fill up a tank, it gets real hot. You also need to replace the output line if you have one of these. The plastic line likes to melt after a few minutes. If you use a copper line for the first few feet, that will fix that problem. Bill
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actually i'm looking into having onboard air for tools, tires and maybe a air horn, so it won't be used often but when i want it i need it, i have a couple of small oxygen cylinders (the 2 foot tall medical kind) that i can use as tanks. their aluminum so no worries about rust and since they are rated to 3000 psi i'm not nervous about them having 150 or so psi in them while driving.

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Hey, Aluminum tanks are a great idea. The other important item would be a water seperator. I did look at the compressors and tanks they sell for todays low ryders. There not shy about the price. Maybe a small 110v and a inverter would be cheaper. I come from a trucking back ground so truck tanks come to mind first. But these guys in hot rod industry shure run the price up on the tanks. When I was racing some of the small guys like me were bringing oxy. bottles to the track for there tools. Good luck. Bill
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i'm also considering a belt drive unit, there's a little room to add another pully infront of the main pully.......hmmm

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Now the price just went up again. But hold the phone, I have some Jeep buddy's that use the older style piston automotive air conditioner pumps. You need to change the fittings on the head so you can hook up to a tank and filter the intake air. You use the pully thats on the pump and hook up a pressure switch and a toggle so you can turn it on and not worry about it. One more thing, lube oil In the pump. As an ac pump the freon carries the lube but as an air compressor you have to remove the small pipe plug on the side and add 30wt motor oil up to the threads. That should do it. I don't have one myself but my friends swear by them.
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that's more my style... I know these 6.0 PSD have the option of a second alternator, i wonder if i could use the same mounts.

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Well the only other hurdle I can see the mounting bracket and electric clutch pully. Your truck has a serpentine belt. I don't know for shure about matching a pully up. I think somewhere around 1980 they quit useing this style of pump. It sounds less money out front but I would explore and price out the options. I had a tire guy that maintained my big truck tires with a F450 w/powerstroke. It had a underhood V-4 belt driven compressor. One thing I know for shure is that heat is a problem under hood for any extended period of time. This tire truck had a 12V fan blowing on the clutch pully. You also need to take a guess of your useage. You have to know what volume of air you need. You either have a big compressor or a big tank. I'd like to know how you fair on this mod. I have a son that rides motocross. I was going to work out of my truck with a small trailer. Well, my wife wanted to go to the races too. So i got a big trailer with all the comforts of home with a shop in the back.
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This looks cool but pricey, from VMAC :

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I thought that'd be nice to have James, so I started looking to see how much it cost - $14,000???? WOW! Was the site I was on screwed up or is that right? I hope they throw in the truck!

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