Beautifully restored air compressor.

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Some folks take it upon themselves to take a wreck of an air compressor, not even necessarily an old one, just one that’s been beat up by where and how it’s been used, and they expend their time, energy and money rebuilding the beast, and they end up with a beautifully restored air compressor.

Are you one of those folks? If so, this page is for you.

We recently had a post on the about identifying an older compressor page, and the commenter, rightly so, was proud of the end result of the compressor restore. Just below is one little taste of a beautifully restored air compressor. We wish they had uploaded more than one photo so we could see more.

It’s your turn now.

Have you restored a beat up old compressor and made it beautiful? If so, I’d like to invite you to use this “bragging wall” about air compressor restoration to let folks see your work.

You are welcome to add a comment below with up to five photos of your air compressor… and do know that we all want to see more photos rather than less. Also, in your comments please provide details of the challenges you met and overcame in the build.

If you have a video of your compressor, please provide the URL of the video. If it suits I’ll embed the video in your compressor page for access to all.

Thanks a bunch. We can’t wait to see your air compressor beauty!

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Questions for a Central pneumatic 67501 won’t build pressure in tank. I replace pressure regulator, Coil, checked oil. I put my hand over exhaust ports it blew oil back out. I checked the line coming off of pump has air flow. Just won’t build pressure in tank or hose outlet
Just wondering if you have any more suggestions. Thanks Scott


Click on the middle white title at the top of the page and then scroll down that page to trouble shooting.
If you don’t get it from doing that, come back with what you found.
But “hand over exhaust ports it blew oil back out.” You mean intake?

I have a 4 cylinder Kellogg tire pump. Was wondering what the model number is “water cooled model”? What years were they produced?


Here’s a 1963 model Wayne 6200SHU that I restored from the junkyard, quite a few hours involved 😁

Hi. Several years ago after my Dad passed his shop burned down. Lost most everything but only wire, belt and such burned off compressor that was on the other side of a cinder block wall. I got in touch with IR to see what I could find out about it and they didn’t have record of that serial number. Guy told me it was a model 42 and sent me a parts manual. I cleaned it up, got belts and painted it. It runs great!! Was wondering if anyone might have any information on it. It has a 240 v… Read more »

Tag reads:
Ingersoll Rand
Type 30
Size 4&2 1/2 x 2 3/4
Comp No 30T 14323

” I can’t hear any leaking and figure it may just be bleeding back through the pump. Does that make sense? ”

Sorta. That dohicky between the tank and the output tube is a check valve, and it may be leaking. It should be holding the air in the tank. I believe you can probably clean it up, but if that doesn’t work you can replace it.

In April 2020 Joseph Dauzat sent in some photos of an old compressor he had acquired at auction, and was asking for help in identifying and refurbishing it. That process is covered in detail in his 18 entry post on the page about identifying an older air compressor. Roger chimed in right away and informed Joseph that “This is a LeRoi Dresser, probably an 800 series. Absolute top quality machine.” Doug from followed up with lots of help for Joseph in working on the machine. I’ve been monitoring their thread, and was pleased to see that Joseph was kind… Read more »