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rockne10
06-30-2012, 09:53 PM
Finally got the A/C lines finished in Désirée and drove home today in ninety degrees with the windows up.

SWEET! :D

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Edsel G. Tattooer
06-30-2012, 11:11 PM
Neat how did you do it?

Pat Dilling
06-30-2012, 11:43 PM
That's cool! :cool: Congratulations!

JimC
06-30-2012, 11:52 PM
I googled "Artic-Kar" and I get a company out of Puerto Rico. Is that where you got the kit from?

Looks nice. I'm green with envy (Well, more like I'm red faced, sweating and panting with envy). I haven't driven the Stude in over a week due to the triple digit heat wave we've been having.

52hawk
07-01-2012, 09:19 AM
Rockne10- Check your belt clearance at the bottom hose. I have nearly the same setup as you,and had a slight interference there.[a shorter belt is needed on mine to 'raise' the belt a little]

bezhawk
07-01-2012, 09:26 AM
Brad, your car has always been kool, now it's cool too.
My grand daughter thinks they are like kewl.

rockne10
07-01-2012, 11:22 AM
Neat how did you do it?I did convert to 12-volt.
Not a kit. Accumulated parts over time.

The Artic-Kar evap came from Ebay, reported to have been removed from a Lark.
Bought the Sanden 508 from a friend in a box of parts, hoses and fittings. It had been unused but was prepped for R12 and accepts flared fittings; a minor issue.
Followed instructions by Ray Lin. Compressor fits on the standard generator bracket and fabricated bracket and adjuster for the Worldwide 14824 alternator, a remanned Bosch unit.
Condensor and drier with trinary switch came from Vintage.
The trinary triggers a pusher fan, as well as protecting the high and low pressure.
I still need to do some tweaking, as the engine temp still seems to run on the warm side. Will change thermostat before investing in an aluminum radiator. Just thrilled to get this far.

Belt clearance to bottom hose is 3/4" horizontal and 3" vertical.

I suspect Artic-Kar in Puerto Rico has little to do with the evaporator I bought.

deco_droid
08-06-2012, 11:30 AM
That looks great. I snagged a 63 Ford A/C unit on ebay a few years back because I knew I would eventually want to add air to my car.

jnormanh
08-06-2012, 01:18 PM
The trinary triggers a pusher fan, as well as protecting the high and low pressure.
I still need to do some tweaking, as the engine temp still seems to run on the warm side. Will change thermostat before investing in an aluminum radiator.

You will find that a pull fan (mounted in back of the radiator, with shroud) cools much better than a pusher in front. That's assuming you have room. It gets hot more likely from low/uneven airflow than from insufficient radiator capacity.

53commander
08-06-2012, 03:15 PM
Thats a very clean installation, nice job!

dnevin
08-06-2012, 08:12 PM
I like it!