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Old 04-18-2015, 04:56 PM   #1
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Air tank mod, who to hire?

So I have air brakes on my bus, and would like to add hookups for air tools and the like. I would like to hire someone competent to do this...

Who should I look for? a diesel mechanic? air power tools guy ffs I dun know who to ask for lol im sure ill hit CL, but if I could narrow down some likely candidates maybe?

Fort collins CO area but yeah this should be a simple thing right?
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Old 04-18-2015, 05:08 PM   #2
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So I have air brakes on my bus, and would like to add hookups for air tools and the like. I would like to hire someone competent to do this...

Who should I look for? a diesel mechanic? air power tools guy ffs I dun know who to ask for lol im sure ill hit CL, but if I could narrow down some likely candidates maybe?

Fort collins CO area but yeah this should be a simple thing right?
Just plumb in a T into one of the existing fittings into the air tank.

No need to weld in another port.

I'm about to do the same thing for the opposite reason. I need to fill the tanks with a house compressor to release the air brakes.

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Old 04-18-2015, 05:14 PM   #3
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My front tank had 2 drain valves. Now it has 1 drain and 1 female air chuck. Took 2 minutes.
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Old 04-18-2015, 05:38 PM   #4
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great, where would I buy a female air chuck, or a T.
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Old 04-18-2015, 05:40 PM   #5
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great, where would I buy a female air chuck, or a T.
How did you get a bus?

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Old 04-19-2015, 07:05 AM   #6
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Most TSC/Northern tool/harbor freight should have them, or try Napa and last resort or easiest will be McMaster Carr

You just need to figure out what thread they are, they all are or should be NPT

I have a small 5 gallon tank I am adding with a FLR and it will have a ball valve to keep it seperate

My outlets will be mounted on each side air is always good to have

Now keep in mind the engine will have to be running for air and you will not get the cfm like a home compressor with a 60/90 gallon tanks has...it will have limitations
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Old 04-19-2015, 07:16 AM   #7
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air tools need lots of air, buy a used air compresser. the tank on a bus would run a tool about 10 seconds
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Old 04-19-2015, 07:24 AM   #8
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Dave,
That is why I am adding the extra 5 gallon tank, so I can take off a lugnut or 3 and wait a few minutes

An air da-sander or grinder/drill just isn't worth it

For that stuff go electric and or cordless and recharge with sun/batteries/alt.
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Old 04-19-2015, 09:01 AM   #9
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added second air pump

I added a second air pump, company name is viair,
I took a blow off valve from the main bus tank, I added a cut off valve into that hole then I added a T fitting, then I added a new blow off valve to one end of the T and then i ran a hose to the box I added to hold the new air pump,

I added the cut off valve to the tank first just in case my hoses/fittings ever fail, it enables me to basically disconnect everything I did so the original tank and air brakes fittings are isolated.

It is a little hard to see but I added a male and female air fitting into my new air box so I can plug in whatever.

I got the on demand switch with the air pump so it can keep the tank filled but not over fill it, when I turn the switch on it only begins filling the tank when the tank pressure is below 100psi,

It takes about 120 seconds for the bus to totally fill my air tank, it takes about 3 minutes for the second pump to fill it.

Be sure to get some loctite for all your fittings, cant remember which loctite I used but it was necessary, I experimented with a few fittings without the glue and they leaked.

It took several minutes per tire to bring them from 85 to 100psi, 11r22.5, was about the same using either the bus's tank or the viair tank, as I recall,
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bansil, great. i was refering to the o p. if he wants to use air tools to work on his bus i m o he should buy a compressor. good luck with your tank!
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