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    I would like to add A/C to our 1959 Lark but I am wondering how did the dealers do this with the little six and a single groove crank pulley. I've found several underdash mount units that appear to be period correct. Has anyone done this and could share information.



  • #2
    Contact the SNM at and purchase a copy of installation instructions for AC-2939.
    "Burning Bridges...Lost Forevermore"......


    • #3
      An original York compressor will suck a lot of power out of that 90 hp Lark when it's engaged.
      A modern 5-piston compressor will be noticeable as well, but much preferred.
      "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


      • #4
        Check with vintage air - they have been doing this type thing for 25+ years. At the same time, you might want to consider a radiator and electric fan upgrade. Getting rid of the old metal fan might make up for the AC compressor drain. Good luck.


        • #5
          I did an AC conversion on our63 Lark 6 cylinder. I found a factory A/C mounting bracket at Studebaker International.
          They also make a rotary compressor adapter bracket which I also bought. You have to track down a double groove crank pulley. It is a doable project. Just allow yourself lots of time to do it. I don’t remember for sure, but I think I used a small block
          Chevy V8 pulley.