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    Cylinder deactivation...

    Apparently it's not exactly new technology......Ben

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    Heck---that ain't nuttin Ben

    There is an air compressor company (in West Chester PA) who made a wide variety of compressors based on more configurations than you could imagine. They seem to now be focused on drill rigs.

    I have, currently, a Schramm air compressor that was made specifically for companies that did grave markers. This was meant to go out to cemeteries and to be used to add names and dates on stones already on the grave. It is based on a two cylinder throttle controlled (as opposed to a hit-n-miss) engine. Schramm removed the engine head, as seen here on the left cylinder (sorry but the camera person seems to have a twitch!)

    My engine/compressor is in much better shape and I have the "truck" but the tank is gone and I never got around to fabricating a new tank---partly because I am so anal and had to make a riveted tank to duplicate the original.

    Back to the Ford V-8 running on 4 cylinders---while it was visually interesting Schramm was way ahead in that arena as well. Below is a 1948 Schramm Model 60 Ford V-8 based crawler and air compressor. They also made what they called a pneumatractor which was a combination of compressor and tractor, some were built with frontend loaders and backhoes on them. Most of them had long long hoods since they would use two engines, back to back, one being the power plant the other being the compressor. The only difference was in the heads. The configuration was common to many manufactures during the middle of the 1900's. They weren't terribly efficient but they saved on cost and engineering.
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