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  • A/C- authentic or modern?

    Thinking a little long-term about my 57 Wagon...

    If show points aren't an issue, which A/C would be better- era-correct, or a new set-up like Vintage Air?

    Would like A/C on this car eventually; just wondering which way those more knowledgeable think I should go?



    Robert K. Andrews Owner- IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)

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    For a 1958 wagon, and I assume that a 1957 wagon is the same, the only A/C unit available from Studebaker (for wagons) was a big, ugly rectangular under dash box. I owned a 1960 Lark with this unit. I would recommend going with a new aftermarket unit, like Vintage Air. This will also give you a more efficient compressor. I also believe that you will have a hard time finding the correct A/C unit for your wagon.

    Gary L.
    1954 Commander Starliner (restomod)
    1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)
    Gary L.
    Wappinger, NY

    SDC member since 1968
    Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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    • #3
      I thought so, Gary... but I do love that big, ugly, rectangular box- very retro...[8D]

      Anyone else with thoughts?

      Robert K. Andrews Owner- IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)

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      • #4
        http://www.classicautoair.com/street-universal.asp
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        Ross.
        Riverside, Ca.
        1957 Provincial X2
        1958 Transtar

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        • #5
          I am going hybrid with my Hawk, Underdash evaporator/blower and Vintage air compressor condensor under the hood. Vintage Air will sell just those parts no problem. They even have the brackets and pulley for Stude V8s.

          Dan White
          64 R1 GT
          64 R2 GT
          Dan White
          64 R1 GT
          64 R2 GT
          58 C Cab
          57 Broadmoor (Marvin)

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          • #6
            Just the kind of info I was hoping for!

            Of course, I probably should make mine drivable first...

            Thanks for the link, Ross; I bookmarked it for later use!!

            Robert K. Andrews Owner- IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)

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