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Vintage Compression Fittings - photos?

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Default Vintage Compression Fittings - photos?

The other night I was going through some drawers of miscellaneous brass & stainless fittings I've had sitting around for ever. I'm going to give most of them to a friendly small business who can probably use them some day; they keep lots of old stuff around - like me! But before I do, I'd like to sort out the vintage compression fittings that I can use for oil lines etc. on old engines, some day!

I haven't found anything about this on Stak, so maybe a thread is needed?

We can always buy new fittings, but do they look right for a vintage engine or tractor? Not from what I've seen.

Maybe if more of us learn to recognize the older fittings we can save more of them from the scrap?

If anyone has catalogues from the 30s or before, some illustrations of the fittings in use then would be helpful.
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Most of the older fittings will be 'red' brass or bronze. The new stuff will be a more yellow color. Most engine fittings use Outside Diameter tubing, usually 1/4" or 3/8" OD. New fittings appear blocky or have machined outer surfaces. Most of the old stuff is cast, with the threads machined later. Most ID fittings are for air conditioning, and are not used on engines.

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