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Champ 6 AC

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  • Champ 6 AC

    I've been thinking of adding AC to my '59 PU with 170 6. My grandad has a '63 OHV 6 Lark parts car with a complete AC setup still on it. I'd like to use that setup on my truck. I'd use a new Sanden compressor, of course. What about extra cooling? Does anyone know of an electric fan that will fit the truck radiator without too much modifying?

    If you look at the pics, the compressor mount for the OHV engine mounts on the head. That wouldn't work on the flathead in my truck, so is there a way to mount that bracket to the engine, or another bracket that's readliy available that I could use? (BTW, I do have the missing water pump pulley.)






    Or, does anyone have a complete AC setup for a Champ 6 that they could bring to South Bend? I'd trade a nice set of Starlight Coupe seat cushions for it.

    Matthew Burnette
    '59 Scotsman
    '63 Daytona
    Hazlehurst, GA


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    The Sanden compressor requires a special made bracket to fit it to the Stude engine. So maybe that idler pulley and Bracket might work, but not much else will work.

    Several Stude. people have made up those brackets to fit a V-8, but I don't know if anyone has wanted to go that slow, to try it on a "6"!

    Seriously though, you would barely even notice the compressor kick-in with a modern unit AND those lower gears in a truck. I think you mentioned wanting to put higher ones in once, but with A/C you don't want to get too carried away, or it won't even go up a hill with O.D. and A/C!

    StudeRich
    Studebakers Northwest
    Ferndale, WA
    StudeRich
    Second Generation Stude Driver,
    Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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    • #3
      Thanks for the info. The truck came with a 4:27 rear, but we installed a 3:53 a few years ago. It's great on a nice, flat road. The truck will cruise at 65-70 MPH. But, when the slightest hill comes up, the little 6 boggs down a little. I've gotten good at 'kicking it out' of OD.

      Matthew Burnette
      '59 Scotsman
      '63 Daytona
      Hazlehurst, GA

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      • #4
        Matt, I think I might have a compressor bracket here for a flathead 6. I'd hafta look.

        Miscreant adrift in
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        1957 Transtar 1/2ton
        1960 Larkvertible V8
        1958 Provincial wagon
        1953 Commander coupe

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        • #5
          Cool deal Bob!! I'd definitely by it from ya if ya happened to bring it to SB.

          Matthew Burnette
          '59 Scotsman
          '63 Daytona
          Hazlehurst, GA

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          • #6
            Matt: Try "Cooling Components" (Old Dog Street Rod Parts St. Louis) for a fan and shroud setup. I had one on a '47 Merc with AC and it worked well............Brad

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            • #7
              Thanks Brad. Will do.

              Matthew Burnette
              '59 Scotsman
              '63 Daytona
              Hazlehurst, GA

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