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A/C question attn: Frank Starr

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  • A/C question attn: Frank Starr

    Frank,

    if you are reading this can you tell me two things about the A/C setup on your '55

    1) what is the diameter of the idler pulley? How 'bout the pulley on the compressor?

    2) Do you have a part number for the belt that fits this setup?

    I could just do trial and error but obviously I'm getting anxious to get 'er done

    BTW I just bought the "hardware kit" for Studebaker bracket from Vintage Air, mostly to get the idler pulley and tensioner piece. It looks like it will work with only one small mod (drilling the threads out of one hole on the tensioner and buying a longer bolt) it was about $50 IIRC but now I have what should be everything I need to get this mounted. For the record I am not using the VA complete bracket set not because I'm cheap (of course, I am) but because I have a vintage aftermarket bracket that appears to work similarly to the VA setup (and is the same as the one on Frank's car) which appears may allow me to keep my power steering, which is good, 'cause I don't have a good manual steering box handy.

    thanks

    nate

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  • #2
    Nate:

    I bought the VA complete bracket set and a compressor to use with my Studebaker evaporator. I believe that when you order it need to specify whether you have PS or not, and the bracket is supplied accordingly, Even though yours is a '55 the pulley system is similar to my '64 Hawk I believe. However you will need to get another pulley to add to the crank.

    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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    • #3
      Dan,

      the main difference between the VA setup and the factory setup seems to be that the factory setup does not run the A/C belt around the water pump but around an idler pulley on the driver's side of the engine. Also VA was unable to confirm that their system would fit under the hood of a 53-55. The setup Frank had apparently clears the hood of his '55 so I assume it will fit similarly under mine. I was just mostly asking so that I could go ahead and purchase a belt but worst case I will have to mount everything and then measure it. I do have a factory crank pulley already mounted on my engine, and in fact had the whole factory bracket/pulley setup, but found that it wouldn't fit with the early thermostat housing which I needed to be able to use the molded radiator hose, and also hood clearance was somewhat tight - the original York compressor simply wouldn't fit, and it appeared that I might have a possible issue even with a Sanden.

      nate

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      • #4
        Here's the set-up under the hood of my '53 Coupe. I still have some lines to run but it fits.
        "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.
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