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Old 11-11-2010, 08:35 AM   #1
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What size air compressor

Hi all,
I've everything together to start some buck riveting repair projects except an air compressor. What size should I be looking for?

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Old 11-11-2010, 09:49 AM   #2
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I would have to say anything with 150psi tank or larger. The smaller ones just run and run.

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Old 11-11-2010, 11:15 AM   #3
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I would look for something between a 20 - 30 gallon tank minimum. Oiless compressors are very noisy - spend a few extra $$ and upgrade to an oil compressor.
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Old 11-11-2010, 12:38 PM   #4
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Tony you can run the riveting gun on 90psi and 4 gallon tank, but it's going to run A LOT. Bigger tank & bigger compressor to recover faster is nicer. It really depends on how much riveting you are going to do. A friend of mine did some work on a '66 Safari at my house, and bucked a few hundred rivets using my DeWALT D55155. He's a pro, had a helper, and they couldn't out run the compressor, but it ran a lot.
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Old 11-11-2010, 01:19 PM   #5
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Thanks for the input. I don't have any full panels to replace but the little jobs tend to add up so it sounds like bigger is better on this one. I'll continue shopping.
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Old 11-11-2010, 02:43 PM   #6
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Tony I used a 22 gallon 135 psi compressor to install an entire panel along one side as well as reattach the whole shell. I also just pop riveted on the entire belly pan,side wraps and banana wraps. It was far more compressor than needed. I could buck for 15 to 20 mins before compressor came on and even longer to pop rivet.

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