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Old 06-14-2011, 10:31 AM
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1930 Model A Coupe - A/C install?

Not sure if this belongs in this section or a different one......

Just got a 1930 Model A with a 283 in it and I want to add A/C to it......has anyone added an A/C system to their car and if so, what unit did you use and do you have any photos of the install?

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Vintage air can help you and since those have very limited room under dash the evaporator needs to go in the trunk or under the seat and then there is the deal of how you run cooling ducts to the cabin of the car. Can be done but takes a fair amount of noodling to make it work. Compressor mounting may be a bit of a pita as the engine compartment is small on those, again can be done but will take some thought as to where and how to do it..

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Whether you can easily add one to a '30-'31 Ford depends on whether you have a cowl gas tank as well as what ever else is in that small space, like wiring and gauges. If you have a good clear area, the a Vintage Air Gen ll Compact will fit there and be virtually hidden from sight.

I put one in my '31 roadster then took it out as "dumb" for an open car. It was complete, ran but was never charged (no, it's NOT for sale).

You need the radiator condenser, a Sanden compressor, a bulkhead fitting, the evaporator, hoses, a dryer and many fittings along with about a weeks worth of time and probably a thousand bucks more or less for the material. This is what mine looked like:









I have a heater about the same physical size there now, also a Vintage Air so the air ducting is about the same though the hoses were easier to make up.
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check out what vintage air has to offer.
VA made the power tour tolerable for a lot of old cars on the tour.
i was amazed at how many old cruisers had their windows up.
i even mentioned to my co-pilot how vintage air made rodding cool(er)

irelands child: there was a t-bucket w/high windshield, rag top and no windows on the power tour.
he had ac and ran it in the 100+ heat. it kept his feet and legs from melting.
plus in town it made his life bearable...

lots of wet backs and butts in that heat.
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You can barely see it in my Deuce 3W. The 3W was more complicated than most early Ford installations because I wanted to keep the stock, original glove box fully operational and full size.



Here is a Vintage Air Generation II Mini in a 32 3W Ford coupe. You can go to my project journal to see more complete photos ... of the coupe's construction and the A/C install.

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great photos! Gives me a lot to think about. The stock gas tank is still being used, no leaks. I am thinking about putting the unit back behind the seats and running the lines under the car to the back. Has anyone done anything like that?

I should add that the rumble seat is in place. The battery is in the back behind the seats and the other side would be a place to mount the blower etc......anyone ever done that or seen it done? Pros and cons of doing that?
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check out what vintage air has to offer.
VA made the power tour tolerable for a lot of old cars on the tour.
i was amazed at how many old cruisers had their windows up.
i even mentioned to my co-pilot how vintage air made rodding cool(er)

irelands child: there was a t-bucket w/high windshield, rag top and no windows on the power tour.
he had ac and ran it in the 100+ heat. it kept his feet and legs from melting.
plus in town it made his life bearable...

lots of wet backs and butts in that heat.
HRPT is exactly why I want to do it......
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Vintage air sells a unit for that as well - see page 21 of the catalog

It's called "trunk mount", and is high capacity.

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