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    "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

    Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
    Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
    sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

  • #2
    Neat how did you do it?
    I have a 1950 4 door Commander a 51 land cruiser And a 52 Champion
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    • #3
      That's cool! Congratulations!
      Pat Dilling
      Olivehurst, CA
      Custom '53 Starlight aka STU COOL


      LS1 Engine Swap Journal: http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/jour...ournalid=33611

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      • #4
        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.
        '63 Lark Custom, 259 v8, auto, child seat

        "Your friendly neighborhood Studebaker evangelist"

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        • #5
          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]
          Oglesby,Il.

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          • #6
            Brad, your car has always been kool, now it's cool too.
            My grand daughter thinks they are like kewl.
            Bez Auto Alchemy
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Edsel G. Tattooer View Post
              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.
              Last edited by rockne10; 07-01-2012, 04:58 PM.
              "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

              Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
              Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
              sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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              • #8
                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.
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                1950 Commander Starlight Coupe
                Regal Deluxe Trim
                Automatic transmission
                46k original miles, 4th Owner

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by rockne10 View Post
                  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.

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                  • #10
                    Thats a very clean installation, nice job!

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                    • #11
                      I like it!
                      Dave Nevin
                      Corvallis, OR
                      1953 Champion Deluxe Coupe
                      Stud-e-venture blog

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