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1955 Mercury Monterey w/ factory A/C - how rare?


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I'm thinking about getting rid of my '55 merc, as it has sat in my parents garage for 4 years due to other projects. It is the first year for A/C in the Mercury's and I looked for it for a while before finding it. I don't think I will ever restore it or use the A/C in a restoration, thus the moving on.

As I'm trying to sell it, I'm getting feedback that it is rare and I'm wondering if I have it priced right and if I will see one of these again. I guess I'm just looking for folks that have a Merc with factory A/C from this era or some idea of how rare a set-up like this is... I don't want to get rid of it until I'm absolutely sure I will never use it.

Here's some photos -

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Thanks,

Ken

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Thanks for the stat, WQ. I talked to Joel at Mercuryland today and he said that not only is the A/C rare, but everything under the hood is A/C car specific - from the dipstick to the vacuum lines to the pulley and radiator. Also, the 56 and up are 12v, while the '55s are still 6v. So, that makes some of these parts year specific. What's also weird about this car is that it doesn't have any other power options...

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I would like to see a picture of the a/c compressor or at least find out the brand and the compressor pully is solid or a clutch?

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Ron

The majority of early Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury factory A/C compressors were made by Bendix and were cast iron. Real heavy boogers! Those old Bendix compressors can be easily rebuilt. In the very late 1950s compressors were supplied by York and Tecumseh.

The Bendix Compressors had no clutch and a single grove pulley.

Jim

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It makes sense to me that Ford would use Bendix because of their close relationship.

Since York and Tecumseh where 10 cu in displacement compressors - any idea on the displacement of the Bendix or where to find more info on Bendix compressors. I wonder if parts for them are like the Lehigh - non existent.

Ron

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It makes sense to me that Ford would use Bendix because of their close relationship.

Since York and Tecumseh where 10 cu in displacement compressors - any idea on the displacement of the Bendix or where to find more info on Bendix compressors. I wonder if parts for them are like the Lehigh - non existent.

Ron

I've taken a look around the WEB and found nothing on parts or rebuild gaskets for Bendix auto air conditioning compressors. Early York compressors, no problem. I'm going to take a wild guess that since Bendix is still heavily in the air compressor business they may have support for their air compressors going back that far and some of the parts probably would interchange. Not a whole lot that could go wrong with one unless the rod bearings gave up and the crank is ruined. Such things as valve springs, gaskets, seals and "O" rings may be universal to any number of other makes.

Sorry, I don't know what it's displacement was.

Jim

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