Just like every other part of the build,it seems that you can't work on just one part of the project with out it over lapping another.While working on the accessory brackets I decided to work on the a/c lines too.figured it would be easier to set them up at this point while everything is accessable and not painted. But before I could work on the lines, I needed to install the condenser,and associated parts. I made some mount brackets out of some expanded metal left over from a past project. Ended up mounting it to the flanges that also mount the grill.That leaves about 3/4" between the condenser and the radiator. When its installed for the final time,the brackets will be painted black,and will basically "disappear" behind the grille.Those with a keen eye will notice that the condenser in the mounted position has had the lower port turn 180 degrees downward.This made it easier to hook up the lower line.
After spending quite a bit of time working inside the car,I decided to take a break and work on some of the engine issues.So after removing the front sheet metal,and spending about an hour searching for all the accessory brackets,I started mocking things up.The alt. bracket was pretty straight forward,but the a/c bracket needed some work.The adjustment bar was not to my liking so I added my own in the form of a universal alt. bracket and some spacers.I like the looks of it better,and it works very well. I still need to get the correct length alt. belt.
After surviving the holidays,finally got back to the '38. Used threaded rod with a nut and washer welded to one end, and made a simple hold down for the spare tire.Due to the lack of trunk space because of the wheel tubs,the spare is actually back behind the drivers seat where the factory had originally put it.
The car originally had a huge package tray and some shelving behind the seats.At some point in the past,I decided it was not needed any more,and I removed it. Now that just left a large opening behind the seats that goes clear into the trunk. Used some cardboard to mock up some panels and figure out how to divide the trunk from the passenger compartment. Ended up using 3/4" particle board for a bulk head. Going to use some metal tabs welded to the car to hold it in place.