Jump to content

51 Packard A/C Horror Story


Guest AlK

Recommended Posts

I figured I would post a new thread on this rather than revising the old one. If you want to refresh yourselves on this you can look up the original post from August. Well the deal is done and the the last payment on the 51 is in the bank. As for the A/C, the plan and design was a good one but the execution was strictly from hunger. After 5 weeks of try to light a fire under this guys butt, he finally gets the whole thing mounted in and it looks like something right ot of Fibber McGees closet. He mounted the compressor to the frame. He welds an additional pulley to the fan pulley only he welds it in out of center thereby causing a wobble in the pulley which destroys my water pump. He takes it to an A/C shop to have lines made and the A/C shop refuses to make lines for the setup because of the poor workmanship. I take the car to 2 other shops and get the same story. I was left with having to have all of the A/C stuff removed. Fortunately my buyer agreed to take the car with out the A/C. Of course that sticks me with the bill, about $680. Not to mention the $200 to remove the stuff and the new water pump. Now I have to go back and try to get some kind of refund from the jerk that put the stuff on in the first place. At least now I can get on with getting the new 55 finished.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Guest Randy Berger

Al, as we all know, finding someone competent to work on any vehicle is a chore. I've had the local Honda dealership screw some things up, but they were minor. I'm lucky enough to have a local garage where I know the owner AND the mechanic. The mechanic needed an old train fixed for his father-in-law for Christmas. Guess who did the job for the cost of the parts? When you find a decent garage, you hang on to it. I'm going to run the 400 in there Thursday or Friday for the winter oil change and then put it into semi-hibernation.

Any way you have cleared the deck for the Patrician. Good luck.

YFAM, Randy Berger <img src="/ubbthreads/images/icons/grin.gif" alt="" />

Link to comment
Share on other sites

AlK: I do commiserate with your story about getting competent outside help. I once left my 55 Pat at the "best resto shop in Las Vegas", only to have it sit for six weeks and then everything of commercial value stolen out of it, except the car itself. Also, NOTHING was done that I requested.

Now, there is NOTHING I would not tackle myself! Even A/C; even a transmission, even another marriage... no, not the latter, but I digress... <img src="/ubbthreads/images/icons/grin.gif" alt="" />

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Craig:

What you say has merit. When viewing the work, I said to myself, I could have done better. The only reason I did not tackle the job myself was time. Had I known what the outcome was going to be I might have tackled it myself anyhow. During the rest of this week I will gather the jpegs that I took and send them to you. Maybe if you have time you can post them out here so folks can see what I am talking about.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 1 month later...

Gosh! I looked at the mess that was the "A/C horror story" and realized how blessed I have been. A friend and I installed A/C on my 49 Super. It was done slowly and has been a learning experience. No welding or cutting of the firewall. My only problem is engine heat. I have found that the addition of electric fans are useful and, since I have an extra hood, am thinking of using louvers. Any ideas? marc

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Well the bottom line is, the buyer agreed to take the car without the a/c

so I did not lose the sale, but I am out a bunch of money. The hacker agreed to a nominal refund(about $200)

which I took just to keep away from a long protracted court case with no absolute certainty of winning. I had to take of the junk off the engine, but I have a nice under dash unit, that does not fit any of my other cars, although we have not tried it on chris new 55, If she does not want to pu it on that then we will probably e-bay it.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

One of the reasons the manufacturers are going to go a 42V electrical system is to get that AC unit out of the belt drive. Then they will be able to bolt an electric compressor to the firewall or on the frame and make the whole thing much simpler. When you think about it, auto AC systems haven't changed that much since the 50s in basic design. Everything else on the cars has undergone a huge upgrade and I guess the AC is next. Makes you wonder how long before the "zone" AC units in vans and cars to put additional cooling systems in specific areas. Takes lots of juice tho. The next BIG THING is to go to a steer by wire system where they use servos and take the steering out of the belt drive. That one scares me. What happens when the car dies? Guess they'll have to have back up power storage that will let you steer the car to the curb before the steering stops. Even then, I don't like the idea.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
×
×
  • Create New...