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I have a customer who is looking to add AC to his 1939 Commander.

The car has the original engine etc.

Did anyone do this?

Vintage Air does not have a setup for this car.

He is located in Chicago.

Any suggestions welcome

Robert Kapteyn.

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21 hours ago, rbk said:

I have a customer who is looking to add AC to his 1939 Commander.

The car has the original engine etc.

Did anyone do this?

Vintage Air does not have a setup for this car.

He is located in Chicago.

Any suggestions welcome

Robert Kapteyn.

I found this setup

https://www.classicautoair.com/shop/trunk-mounted-air-conditioning-system/

but like to see other options.

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Studebaker offered a 6 volt trunk mounted air conditioner for retrofit in 1953 Studebakers.

These were made by NOVI and were used in Packards and Buicks since 1952.

They were first used on 1955 Studebakers and offered for earlier cars as retrofits.

I also found this

https://www.classicautoair.com/shop/trunk-mounted-air-conditioning-system/

they fit back to 1940 so they must have a 6volt unit.

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Hi Bob,

The Classic Auto Air unit makes no mention of a compressor, compressor drive unit, condensor, expansion valve, evaporator, etc.  It looks to me just to be an air handling unit that would have a blower and maybe an integrated evaporator (that's not clear) - you need to supply the rest of the refrigerant system.

Scott

 

 

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  • 2 weeks later...
On 7/26/2020 at 2:34 AM, starlightcoupe said:

And Mr Burnette has or had a '51 Land Cruiser that Doc Cade had converted the 12-volt compressor to run on 6-volts.

 

 

The compressor in that car is a modern Sanden with the clutch coil rewound to engage on 6V. Not much to it, but the trick will be finding someone that can modify the coil. 
 

 

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