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    Is the "Bob's Studebaker Parts Complete A/C System Kit: still available?

    If so, how do I get in touch with them? I called 972-843-3402 and the number is no longer in service.

    Any information about AC for my Stude K hardtop would be appreciated.

    Thanks

    Don

  • #2
    I don't believe it is available any longer.

    http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...highlight=helm

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    • #3
      Kind of a hillbilly fix, but I've been thinking about one of the small portable air conditioners and using a Honda generator to run it.
      I've seen it done on a couple Model A Fords because they guy's wife needed it for better breathing.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by TWChamp View Post
        Kind of a hillbilly fix, but I've been thinking about one of the small portable air conditioners and using a Honda generator to run it.
        I've seen it done on a couple Model A Fords because they guy's wife needed it for better breathing.
        Funny, I just heard this remedy mentioned on a re-run of "Car Talk" on public radio over the weekend. Some one called in to ask if A/C could be added to a vintage VW bug. They had a lot of fun with that one.
        Ed Sallia
        Dundee, OR

        Sol Lucet Omnibus

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        • #5
          Have you tried the e-mail address for Lee in the July TW ad?
          Gary L.
          Wappinger, NY

          SDC member since 1968
          Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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          • #6
            I utilized directions from Ray Fichthorn on his Ray-Lin Restorations page, and fabricated a system for my '53.




            Here's his contribution on the "Tech Tips" page of the SDC web site. http://studebakerdriversclub.com/tech_AC.asp

            and a link to his tech page on A/C. http://www.raylinrestoration.com/TechIndex.htm


            Last edited by rockne10; 08-03-2016, 02:04 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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            • #7
              Vintage Air has everything you need. I did a little research on their site and bought it as piece parts. As far as I know they don't offer a "kit" like Bob Helms did, but it is not hard to figure out what you need. Is your car 6V or 12V? I don't remember any 6V stuff on their site.
              Wayne
              "Trying to shed my CASO ways"

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              • #8
                Anyone ever seen the [Walmart car show jokes]? where they show a house ac mounted to the passenger window and a small generator sitting on the trunk with wires running to it. Now that's about a much you may be a redneck as you will ever find.

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                • #9
                  I did what you are thinking about. I bought all the parts from Bob Helm, except the under dash unit and then installed them. Works great. Since Bob is not selling anymore I would go with the Vintage air one. Check ebay for the under dash unit they have a lot of different ones, just need to measure your under dash area. It was suggested to me to make a cardboard box for the size I wanted and then set it under the dash to check size.

                  It is doable and can be done!

                  Mark

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                  • #10
                    Building a template is an excellent suggestion. The under dash unit I got just barely fit. There is a big bulge at the rear where the fans are housed. This bulge happens to be at the worst possible location for my 61 Hawk. I am not familiar with the 53 / 54 dash, maybe you have more room between the dash and the floor.
                    Wayne
                    "Trying to shed my CASO ways"

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by studegary View Post
                      Have you tried the e-mail address for Lee in the July TW ad?
                      I just tried the email, thanks.

                      Don

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Don Jeffers View Post
                        I just tried the email, thanks.

                        Don
                        And the answer was "Sorry, but no."

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