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Old 06-07-2007, 08:41:47 PM
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Question P.K Lindsay Air Compressors

While reading the current issue of GEM, I came across a picture and a small article about a P.K Lindsay air compressor with a Brigg ZL engine, with a cart similar to one of my Lindsay air compressors, except on this on the tanks are underneath. Until the show where I bought both of mine, I have never seen one at show. I am wondering outside of Randy Hart, who has a pretty good collection of them, who else has a Lindsay air compressor with a Briggs engines? I want to know how many different type engines where used on these outfits, does anyone have any original ads or literature on them?
Since these compressors were made in my home state of Massachusetts I thought it would fun to learn more about them.
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Default Re: P.K Lindsay Air Compressors

Keith Munter had one he restored in the late 90's and probably still has it. It had the ZL Briggs with the tanks underneath. He used to be on the stationary engine list, but not sure if he is anymore. I've been away from the hobby for a few years.
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Old 06-07-2007, 10:26:11 PM
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Default Re: P.K Lindsay Air Compressors

i,ve got one built on a ZZ. skip
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Old 06-12-2007, 06:59:53 PM
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Default Re: P.K Lindsay Air Compressors

Judging on the amount of posts on this topic, they must not be to common, or not much info is know about them. Either way these compressors were nice finds.
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Cool Re: P.K Lindsay Air Compressors

I have one : on a model a or b (i think) it has a B&S decal but no tag it looks like some one took a crank starter of it (it has the mounts)also it is on a cart. can anyone out there help me find a crank starter ,other parts or info on it. it came with a story though a guy was painting my grandpas friend Harry's barn (around 1953)he did half the barn on friday and he was paid 100$ (big barn) for the whole job he left all his tools (including a B&S compressor) there. when he did not show up monday Harry asumed he cheeted him so he gave everything to my grandpa it turned out the guy drank him self to death friday night . then in the 1970s my grandpa gave it to my dad who used it once in 1989. last year he gave it to me,but i have yet to get it running,
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Default Re: P.K Lindsay Air Compressors

Greg,
I think all the A's & B's with crank starters made by B&S, had the starter cast into the shroud. So you would have to have a "K", or "Z".


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Thumbs up Re: P.K Lindsay Air Compressors

it has a cast iron shroud and a brass carb though.

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Exclamation Re: P.K Lindsay Air Compressors

sorry no brass carb i thought it had one. i need a carb and air cleener though. also i would like to get any cheep engines (i am only 14 so money is short) sorry for any typing mistacks, im bad with computers if you are selling any thing e-mail me at countrypwr4@yahoo.com and tell me the price what your selling and your e-mail also i am looking for fenders for a 1959 jeep pickup thanks
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what is the diference beteen a B&S model K and Z? thanks greg
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Default Re: P.K Lindsay Air Compressors

Greg,
It's the cylinder size--the K has a 2 3/4" bore and the Z has a 3" bore. The differences between the Z and ZZ are subtle but more complex than just changing the bore. The ZZ uses a different cam (higher lift?), tappets, heavier flywheel and a different carburetor than the Z or K. Also, all ZZ types used some kind of roller bearing (double thrust for marine applications) on the PTO side of the crankshaft. Not only were all parts except piston, rings and cylinder interchangable between the K and Z series, both of these models used a plain bearing PTO support on some type nos.
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Default Re: P.K Lindsay Air Compressors

I have one with a ZZ engine, tank below on a wheelbarrow type cart.
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Default Re: P.K Lindsay Air Compressors

am so glad this thread is still going strong. At Orange I picked up another Lindsay, same compressor style as my R2, but this one is an RC and was running when I bought it, It pumps and holds are pretty good. I also was told by another collector about a Lindsay with a ZL that could possibly be mine soon too. It seems they keep multiplying, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

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mine is a z series or zz. Does any one have a tag for it that i could have?
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Default Re: P.K Lindsay Air Compressors

Jonathan, Keep up the search ! I can see a line of 30+ Lindsays in the future for us between yours, my son's and mine and a close friends collecton we should be able to cover a lot of grass at a show..

I was able to buy some engine parts out of Texas for a Briggs B and it had the Lindsay Tag on the cast iron shroud, so there are Lindsays with B's out there yet to be found..

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Default Re: P.K Lindsay Air Compressors

I have one with a "W" Briggs on it.Air tank on the front of the 3 wheeled cart.Fully operational & all covered with paint splatters!!! I think Randy H wants this one when I am ready to part with it.
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Default Re: P.K Lindsay Air Compressors

I saw a Lindsay today that had a tiny little air cooled open pushrod engine with both valves push rod activated. Very small, kind of cute. The receiver appeared to be about 18 to 20 inches long. No photos, sorry.
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Old 07-14-2007, 07:30:03 PM
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Default Re: P.K Lindsay Air Compressors

Kidd, That would likely be the Merkel engine, left over from the Motorwheel attempt by the cycle company.. sales fell due to the times and many others in the market.. Soooo the extra engines were sold at auction when Merkel went bankrupt.. The engines can be found on Lindsays and I'm told Thor bought some as well.
I have a Merkel- Lindsay and it's electric cousin from that era.

http://www.smokstak.com/forum/showthread.php?t=23478

Hi Bob, ol buddy ol pal Yes, I'de like a shot when the time comes but for now I know it's in good hands..
Randy Hart Ohio

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"I saw a Lindsay today that had a tiny little air cooled open pushrod engine with both valves push rod activated. "




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Kidd, That would likely be the Merkel engine, left over from the Motorwheel attempt by the cycle company.......

http://www.smokstak.com/forum/showthread.php?t=23478
Randy, I think you probably have i.d.'d the unit I saw. Well done.
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Default Re: P.K Lindsay Air Compressors

Hi all. I'm new to this forum, I found it while doing a search for information on P.K. Lindsay air compressors. I own one with a Briggs engine. It is on a 3 steel wheel cart and the 2 tanks are mounted vertically. This thread is the most info I have found. Can anybody point me to a source of additional info? I live south of Pittsburgh,PA. Are there any shows within driving distance where I might see other simliar compressors? I don't know much about this compressor as it was my late father's. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Paul, Welcome to the unknown world of Lindsay.
I have gone as far as to locate the present owners of the Lindsay company and in turn was given phone numbers of " Old Guard " Lindsay empoyees and yes they remember small units had been built before their time but nothing more than that.

Between my son Thomas and I, we own 7 gas and one electric Lindsay and a friend has 4 and another friend has 1, That represents the Merkel powered model, Briggs RC,Q,ZZ,ZL,W and a model 23 Briggs with other models yet to be found I'm sure.. As far as written info.... I have a soft Briggs Binder with a gold Lindsay star decal on it. < That is it!

Do you have a model on the tag for the compressor or the engine ? The three wheeled cart is like the Q's and RC in our collection. does it hve a folding handel on the front wheel ? All in all fun machines and like anything else " Collect The Whole Set " whatever that means

Randy Hart Ohio
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