Cornelius Model 130R1500 Air Compressor

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Re: Cornelius Model 130R1500 Air Compressor

Thu Feb 20, 2014 3:36 pm

Yeah; I think you're probably right Tom on this being a one of the best investments I've made in regards to dive gear. I've had a number of other people tell me that very same thing. This project has been a lot of fun so far, and it's even more fun since it involves a vintage Cornelius air compressor. It's also been an educational project since this is my first compressor, and as I've mentioned before I've had ZERO experience with any compressors. The suggestions, help and advice I've gotten from everyone has been very much appreciated, and has greatly helped to make this a fun winter project. :) Terry
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Cornelius 130R1500

Thu Apr 17, 2014 10:17 am

Vintage Diver's Cornelius Set-Up...
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Here is the Info Vintage Diver Sent with the Photos...
Hi Eben:
YEAH!! I'm glad to hear that the pictures made it to you. I wasn't sure if they would since computers and pictures seem to give me nothing but headaches. Anyway now that you've got them; let me fill you in on some of what you're looking at. First of all this compressor is a three stage; 110 v electric, and pumps at the rate of 1.6 cfm. It has the separator tower (brass colored) which is fed off of the third stage, and this tower is ONLY a separator which does not hold any filtration material such as charcoal, etc. At the bottom of this separator you'll be able to see the bleed valve which is used to blow off any condensate and oil residue. At the top of this separator you'll see that there is a pressure gauge. There is also a shutoff valve (with red handle) that was apparently installed by the prior owner. According to the Cornelius manual this compressor as is was supposed to provide breathing quality air for one to fill their tanks with. Maybe so; but I definitely wanted some other filtration for the air I'm gonna be breathing, and everyone that offered me advice when I was getting acclimated to this compressor highly suggested that I add additional filtration. That's where the 21" tower comes in that I bought from Jim Shelden. Jim is a great guy to deal with, and he was extremely helpful. In fact knowing I was new to all of this he made sure to mark the outside of the tower with necessary warnings, and also marked the clear tube inside to show where the different filtration chemicals go so I won't have any problems when I get ready to refill it. I should make mention that this was marked with a black marker, and that the tower didn't look as shiny when I got it since it is a modified Sprague hydraulic accumulator. After I received it I cleaned the outside with some very fine emery paper. clear coated it and then printed the labels that you see on it. Some of the labels you see are from warnings in the Cornelius manual, and also from things that Jim had marked on the tower. As for the tower; it's pretty straightforward; you can see where the air feeds in at the bottom from the compressor, and where the air whip comes off at the top that attaches to the tank being filled. At the bottom of this tower you can also see the bleed valve to blow off any condensate from this tower. Also at the top where the fill whip attaches the brass fitting that you see is the back pressure or priority valve as some call it. Hope this is of some help, and best of luck with your project, By the way; if you have any interest in this compressor Bryan has the manual for it available in the download section on The VDH website. Terry
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Re: Cornelius 130R1500

Thu Apr 17, 2014 1:16 pm

Thanks Eben for posting those pictures and info I sent you. I tried posting those pics yesterday; but :roll: :oops: :? Terry
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Re: Cornelius Model 130R1500 Air Compressor

Thu Apr 17, 2014 6:13 pm

- I can only see the pictures if I'm logged in so they may not be visible to unregistered visitors.
- I'm glad to see these pictures myself as well as get them posted for others to see. Seeing everything connected up really clarifies how it should be done.
- BTW, Your Cornelius system is really sharp. Looks clean and new and high tech!
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Re: Cornelius Model 130R1500 Air Compressor

Thu Apr 17, 2014 6:52 pm

I can see them Eben. Thanks to you and Terry. This is some real dive porn! :lol:

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Re: Cornelius Model 130R1500 Air Compressor

Thu Apr 17, 2014 10:24 pm

- Hey SwimJim, Maybe it's the wine talking but Jill and I think calling the Cornelius pictures "Dive Porn" is pretty cute... Nobody can be anything but complimented by that... You nut.
- Vintage Diver matched the chassis colors for his Dryer Tower Stand. Antique Diver is helping me with my RIX but I'm going to need to kick it up a notch to approach the styling of this Cornelius.
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Re: Cornelius Model 130R1500 Air Compressor

Thu Apr 17, 2014 11:16 pm

DIVE PORN?? :shock: Maybe I better go and take a second look at those pictures I took! :) Hey Jim; what brand of beer were you drinkin' when you were looking at those pictures; cause I'm gonna get me some! :P :lol:
Good eye Eben; you're right I did match the paint for my tower stand to the compressor. :wink:
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Re: Cornelius Model 130R1500 Air Compressor

Thu Apr 17, 2014 11:28 pm

I was stone cold sober. There nothing like a compressor that can fill my tanks to make my day. You betcha!!!

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Re: Cornelius Model 130R1500 Air Compressor

Fri Apr 18, 2014 9:10 am

swimjim wrote:I was stone cold sober. There nothing like a compressor that can fill my tanks to make my day. You betcha!!!


I have held a fascination with air compressors since I was 11... when I found out that they could push air down a garden hose for me to breath underwater in Grapevine Lake!

Now my compressor toys are much more sophisticated and higher pressure, but they still keep my interest. At one time I had six working HP compressors, but now I am down to just 3.

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