Looking Great Sam! looks like she is going to be a fun ride that you are going to be proud of when she is done
1960 Champ 1/2 Ton powered by 289/T98
It looks great! Nice work!
Thanks to everyone for looking and your kind words. I'm putting a beige top on it. I had thought about maybe a tan interior later, but I kind of like the red and the cream. The interior is too good to replace and my Studebaker account is getting pretty low. The seats had been recovered when I bought it. I am hoping to drive it to South Bend for the IM. Unless I get AC installed before then, she probably won't ride that far in it. Does anyone have any suggestions about AC units for cars? I hear many good reviews about Vintage Air.
The yellow exterior/red interior combo is striking!.....And the power steering is a nice touch!....I LIKE this car!
Vintage Air, while nice, is usually associated with the street rod and street machine crowd.
They do have some Studebaker specific bracketry.
My favorite source so far is: Nostalgic AC
1 - (888) 977-8889
2124 S.W. Pine Ave Unit# 200
Ocala, Florida 34471
They have helped me with several Stude projects and some of my friends with other vintage marques.
Smart people. Good to do business with.
One other source I have used is a place called Old Air Products.
(some Studebaker listings)
Another is Classic Auto Air...
Note: SDC# 070190 (and earlier...)
Depending on which supplier you chose you may need to cut and crimp your hoses. I purchased a kit from Southern Air (don't know how good it works yet) that just sent bulk hoses and fittings.
I called around to a couple of AC shops and there was an extreme lack of excitement in doing the hoses unless I brought in the car or paid a goodly fee to crimp each hose.
My install is a custom set up in my 74 Avanti so all of the hoses need to be an unusual length.
I purchased this tool and it is easy to use and makes professional crimps.
After a lot of internet shopping I paid a couple bucks over $100 for mine.
BTW, I talked at great length to Nostalgic A/C at Zephyrhills a couple of years ago and they, indeed, were knowledgeable and informative to talk to. Not sure why I went with Southern Air but done is done. Probably got a better price IIRC.
Last edited by sweetolbob; 02-05-2017 at 08:44 AM.