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    Does anyone have any contact information for Bob Helm? Looking for info on his AC Kits. I'm looking for an AC/Defrost/Heat, under dash, COMPLETE kit, for my Hawk...

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    I got mine from him several years ago and was quite happy with it. I believe that since then he has passed away. I'm not sure if anyone took over the business or not.

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    • #3
      What kind of Hawk do you have, Silver Hawk? May I have some interior photos if it’s stock?

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      • #4
        Bob passed away a few years ago.

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        • #5
          TIM333 - Mine is a Sky Hawk...

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          • #6
            Originally posted by 345 DeSoto View Post
            TIM333 - Mine is a Sky Hawk...
            I put a Vintage Air in my 53 commander fit good the ducting was a little fun with the wiper links moving back and forth. Vintage Airs complete units are about 1300.00 there is cheaper ones

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            • #7
              For reasons unknown, Vintage Air has not included a kit intended for Studebakers other than the R and C cab trucks.
              I believe many have installed them in their C/K models, but it requires a lot of measuring, and VA recommends making a mockup of their unit to see if it will fit.
              Wouldn't you think there would have been more demand for a full kit to fit the coupes and hardtops?
              "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.
              '33 Rockne 10,
              '51 Commander Starlight,
              '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
              '56 Sky Hawk

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              • #8
                I put Vintage Air on my 61 C body. The Mark IV under dash unit they sell will fit under the dash but just barely. The condensate drains are the biggest pain I had to deal with. Because the under dash unit basically touches the floor in the back, I had to run 2 separate drains down through the floor.

                The rest of the components fit pretty easily.
                Wayne
                "Trying to shed my CASO ways"

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                • #9
                  Not positive but I believe Bob Helms inventory was sold off after his passing. Bill

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                  • #10
                    I have been helping a friend do this install in a 63 Hawk , He is using a vintage air unit a/c only , The under dash unit fits well and looks nice. We had some belt alignment issues with the compressor mount nothing overwhelming just annoying. I had the drive pulleys in stock (sorry no more in stock) But you have to use a 1/2" wide automotive belt in order to drive the compressor correctly , The unit cools the car well and it should be at Mansfield , Ed

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                    • #11
                      If interested my buddy has an A/C setup we pulled from a '61 Hawk. All parts are there . Evap appears to be '62 Lark with black face . Asking $700 or offer. Can deliver to Mansfield.
                      Rob in PA.

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                      • #12
                        Rob,
                        How "complete" is it? Does it have the crank pulley, compressor mount, etc? I'm in NY, and am interested. Would you, by any chance, be going to Dunkirk?..
                        Tony

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                        • #13
                          I have a 1950 Studebaker Commander Bullet Nose and would like to put air conditioning in it. Does anyone have any suggestions? It is a 6-volt system.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by jacrow42 View Post
                            I have a 1950 Studebaker Commander Bullet Nose and would like to put air conditioning in it. Does anyone have any suggestions? It is a 6-volt system.
                            Matthew, at Stephen Allen's, has a 1951 Commander/Land Cruiser with six volts and A/C. Perhaps he will see this and speak up. If not, do a search as he has covered this subject in other topics/threads.
                            Gary L.
                            Wappinger, NY

                            SDC member since 1968
                            Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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