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Old 09-10-2016, 07:45 PM   #11
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jazty and TAOLIK summed it up well (about Nat). I owe the guy a "beverage of choice" or something for the scaffolding roof raising idea. Definitely thinking outside of the box, and it really did work out well for me.

Oh, and air tools. Yes. Though it can sometimes be difficult to determine whether to buy the Harbor Freight junk tool or pony up some money for a pro equivalent. I wasn't impressed by the torque from a Campbell Hausfeld impact wrench (the Japan-built Husky I replaced it with is much better). But my Harbor Freight air chisel has been through countless hours of work and still works great.

Unfortunately the first piece of an air tools collection (the compressor) can be expensive with the "buy once, cry once" method of buying a good one the first time around. Speaking of which, two friends of mine have recently bought California Air Tools compressors. One was on Amazon and the other special-ordered through a Home Depot store. The compressor cost a little more than others with comparable tank size, but they tended to supply just a little more CFM and they're significantly quieter than the cheaper stuff that's in stock. Definitely consider that brand and especially compare the noise ratings when choosing a compressor.
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Old 09-10-2016, 09:13 PM   #12
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Nat was the first to welcome me here, perhaps it was just timing, fate, whathaveya...
His ways were different, and yes kinda single minded... But it is what it is.


Anyway, I've got an old 100# propane cylinder... Why can't I use that as a ballast air tank to hold the compressed air that my small pancake compressor generates?

Just fill it with water and weld two nipples and a draincock on propane tank(by a certified pipe welder), with some air line disconnects...then connect the pancake IN and my air tools OUT, then when the pressure in propane tank drops, the compressor kicks on.

Could even rig it same way from air compressor on bus
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If nat is in FL it only proves what a liar he is.
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Old 09-10-2016, 10:08 PM   #14
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To be closer to EastCoast... Would be my guess!





He always was crushing on me sending me love letters via pm...
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Old 09-10-2016, 11:42 PM   #15
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This thread turned out differently than I expected......

I have some opinions too. But I'll just let that be. Haha

And heck yeah air tools! It took three hours to take out the bolts on one seat by hand. And after doing that three times, I tried the air wrench. Twenty minutes total on the rest. My life motto after this build is "work smarter not harder." I think I've said that phrase about ten times this week.
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Old 09-11-2016, 06:40 AM   #16
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I have no idea who NAT is....

but I love air tools!! and busses with Air brakes are a perfect place to have air tools onboard and an air chuck to connect them to..

im not sure how i woulve gotten through some of the car restorations i did if i couldnt have just rapped on an air impact wremnch wit hthe air turned up to 150!! (maybe not great on the tool but sure got the bolt loose!)...

gonna come in handy when I go to replace the rear air springs on my bus too.. and the rear shocks.. those bolts look a little on the rusty side..

yeah air tools rock.. and they sound freakin cool and make me feel like im a big boy workin in a big boy shop with big boy toys!
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Old 09-11-2016, 10:09 AM   #17
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I love my air tools. I just wish I had a compressor that could spin them better.
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Old 09-11-2016, 06:07 PM   #18
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I love my air tools. I just wish I had a compressor that could spin them better.
me too.. but I made a 'Y' so i can run my 40 gallon compressor and my little pancake nailer compressor together so I get enough CFM to keep things like the die grinder spinning for at least longer...

I like how the air tools are physically smaller and fit into places better than my cordless ones do..

oh and cranking the air up to 150 to spin em wicked fast!

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Old 09-11-2016, 06:15 PM   #19
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I have no idea who NAT is....
I'm sure you can find Nat's posts all over any build preceding 2016. You can also follow his (haulted) build thread here.

He is well recognized as a very talented knowledgeable fellow who's intentions seem good. But many (like Eastcost) also have other opinions towards him. I'm sorry to bring Nat up again in this board, I am just a little sad I missed the era back when Nat frequented this board and preached his choir.
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