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Air Conditioning Install 54 Champion Coupe

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  • Air Conditioning Install 54 Champion Coupe

    As I have been daily driving my hot rod in the fiery heat of south Georgia I have learned to appreciate air conditioning, so much so that I have installed it in my car. To fund this I sold a truck with a blown up engine, my previous daily.

    The parts:
    Vintage Air Gen IV underdash evaporator
    Sanden 508 compressor
    bracket sourced from Nostalgic AC for my 383 Chrysler engine
    condenser sourced from Nostalgic AC
    hose kit sourced from Nostalgic AC
    O'Reilly manifold gauges
    custom new alternator/coil bracket (bent bar stock and threaded rod)
    10 inch electric fan; currently tied in with only the engine fan, but a trinary switch will be gotten eventually

    The system works, I just got it going and the true test will be tomorrow as I will assume it will be hot n' sticky outside as usual. The compressor only causes a 50 rpm difference on the huge engine so a throttle kick-up is not needed although normal acceleration is slightly affected. I will upload more recent pictures tomorrow.
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    Alex Nelsen, certified Studebaker nut.
    Driving a 1954 Champion Coupe powered by a Chrysler 383.
    Lizella, GA

  • #2
    Nice installation Alex! Good to hear that you are still driving that Stude every day.
    Winston-Salem, NC
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    • #3
      Alex did a real nice install on that A/C.
      Used pieces from a couple of different suppliers, and it looks great.

      Here's a pic of him hard at work finishing up the wiring and some small details..... (I just watched)

      HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)


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