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02-28-2013, 02:20 PM
http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=115&d=1362079637http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=116&d=1362079642http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=117&d=1362079653Hello, I am new here and wanted to thank everyone for allowing me to join... I was cleaning out an old gas station and came across this old air compressor. It needs a little work and some parts. I can not locat any type of manufactor's tag or DATA plate on the compressor. The tank has a DATA plate on it which states:

certified by
Melben Products Div.
The Scott & Fetzer Co.
Leitchfield, Ky. 42754
MAWP 200 PSI Temp 450 F
Yr 1984
Sh .166 HD .133 RAD 2:1
GRN H2382.54

The compressor has two cylinders, and each cylinder has a square intake filter housing on it, one is broken off, which is why i need the manufactorer's name to order parts.

02-28-2013, 05:10 PM
Melben Products now belongs to Campbell-Hausfield. http://www.ch-commercial.com/why-campbell-hausfeld-history/


The company enters the air compressor business in the 1940s
Campbell Hausfeld purchases the Melben Products Company and begins to manufacture sheet metal products, including air receivers and paint tanks"

It looks like the mounting ears are broken off, so the original parts won't do you much good even in the unlikely event they're still available. Find/make some suitable filter holders, and adapt them as necessary. Foam filter canisters off a B&S lawnmower engine might work pretty well.

02-28-2013, 06:34 PM
I was thinking about trying to tap the intake hole and screw in a filter...

03-01-2013, 01:37 AM
Where are you going to have the compressor? The filters also serve as noise suppressors for the intakes. If the noise isn't going to be a problem and it's not in a dusty location, I'd be inclined to let it run like it is. I'd be more concerned about the missing fan shroud if the compressor is going to run for long between cooling off periods.

It's a no-name compressor that's almost thirty years old. Get what you can out of it with the least cost and effort. Of course, you need to keep in mind that I'm the guy who cobbled together the only working air compressor I've ever owned in the late '60s.


03-01-2013, 03:22 AM
Winchman thanks for the advise... I took the shroud off in order to take better pictures of the compressor. I am going to modify a filter on the cylinder, due it being under my car porch for now. The only other item that needs to be installed is a high pressure switch, and i will purchase one from somewhere.

michigan doug
03-01-2013, 07:22 PM
Welcome aboard!


03-01-2013, 07:32 PM
neat find, nice compressor!! Shouldn't be too difficult to make up a filter housing, think i,d make one to connect the two intake ports, might look nicer. Fine mesh filter material sandwiched between two layers of fine mesh screen-the welded wire type. Also look at a small oval auto air filter fitted into a new oval shaped box if you can figure a way to mount it, do both cylinders with the same filter.

03-01-2013, 07:43 PM
Welcome! I bet you'll be very pleased with it when done.

03-01-2013, 11:17 PM
I made the filters for my compressor. Two pieces of 1/8 Aluminum plate, or two round junk WagnerWare Aluminum frying pans, turned round on the lathe, and an unknown make auto air filter from a flea market. I mounted the base solidly to the compressor with a central large dia. hole for the intake, and drilled and tapped for 2 long bolts to hold the top aluminum plate and the filter in place.
Filters have a soft edge to seal when compressed between the two AL plates.

Dark Madder
10-23-2014, 09:37 AM
Did you replace both air cleaners and have you posted pictures? I have bought the same compressor. It was on Craigeslist after being discovered in an old barn. One of my air cleaners is also missing but the mount is still intact. Have you had any luck finding parts for you system?