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 on: Yesterday at 11:05:05 PM 
Started by Zapato - Last post by MT
I bought some parts for my Challenger from them several years ago.  Good quality and service.

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 on: Yesterday at 05:26:02 PM 
Started by wighty - Last post by wighty
Thank you 62GALXE.  I didn't know Speedway had such a selection.
Rich, to answer your question, my 57 is basically stock front suspension with the Coil Springs being replaced with Air Ride Technologies Air Shocks. The rear is narrowed Triangulated 9" with Air Ride Tech Air Shocks.  It is kind of fun to be able to set the ride height from almost laying on the ground to a little above stock with the push of a button.

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 on: Yesterday at 03:22:27 PM 
Started by Wirenut - Last post by Wirenut
The condenser vintage is recommending is 17x22 and that about all of the airflow area I have. I know with 134a the bigger the better. I have pretty much decided to go with the Gen.IV and the condenser stated. They are telling me that is what they are putting in the 57 Chevys. I will have to remove my grill and valance since the car is closed to being finished but that will not be the first  or last thing on that car I have redone. It does look like a lot of work but since they are in San Antonio I can be at their facility in 20 minutes and they said I could bring it in and they'd help help me with mock up so might just do that. Well worth 59 bucks. Thanks rich for all of your input and help.

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 on: Yesterday at 01:59:11 PM 
Started by Wirenut - Last post by RICH MUISE
I went with the largest condenser I could fit on there...as per their recommendations. That was one of the reasons I asked about the build stage/assembly. The larger condenser is more work/expense installing if your radiator/core support positioning won't allow you to drill thru the side walls of the core support to get the hoses on the engine side of the core support. My radiator was mounted forwards of normal position(for more engine room), so I had no choice but to work from the front side of the core support, coming thru under the hinges. The problem with that is, I had to buy a special, expensive right angle fitting to mount to the core support to clear the hinge bracket itself.
I know this sounds confusing. I did see someone's post (or maybe that instalation article)where they used a condenser that had right angle fittings built into it...If I was aware of the no-room-to-work problem, that's the way I would have gone. I can look up the size/number of the one I went with if you need. but I seem to remember it was the next to the largest one they offered.

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 on: Yesterday at 11:20:12 AM 
Started by Wirenut - Last post by Wirenut
Thanks gentlemen,I picked up the street rodder magazine and will get with vintage air. The article will help a lot. I thought you might have a part number for the condenser and evaporator but with vintages help and what you guys have posted with the magazine I can make it happen. It does look as though they put a larger unit in the article than I need since it is a station wagon. God speed fellow ford enthusiast./

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 on: Yesterday at 11:16:59 AM 
Started by RICH MUISE - Last post by RICH MUISE
I've been working on the electric trunk release. I was hoping to get everything to fit inside the trunk lid itself, but there is just not enough space in that area around/above the trunk latch. I ended up mounting the solenoid on the center trunk lid brace. I've got it hooked up mechanically, and put a temp. 12v power source on it to check out the action, and it works great. I'm in process of running the wiring up next to the rear seat. I think I'm going to also run a pull cable to a relatively accesible area in case the solenoid quits. I'm getting to old to crawl in the trunk thru the back seat to manually pull the latch, and besides, as hefty as the solenoid seems to be made, it is made in Taiwan (remember the other China?)
Where I'm mounting the switch is a pretty thick panel, so I went looking for a different momentary switch that would install there. Most switches, of course, are made to mount on a thin walled panel. I had pretty much given up on finding something when I spied an ignition starter push button switch. Has over an inch of threaded post, so perfect. A little overkill, for sure, but it's a momentary switch that can be mounted on a thick panel. Hopefully problem solved. I'll let you know how that works out.

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 on: Yesterday at 11:02:49 AM 
Started by Wirenut - Last post by RICH MUISE
Kerby...not sure what you mean by "in dash unit". If you're talking just the evaporator being behind the dash as opposed to the unit oldave posted pics of, then the universal GenIV will fit. Nobody to date (that I've heard of)makes a unit for our '57 Fords that hooks up to factory controls, has in dash vents, etc. We're on our own as to the wheres and hows to put the controls and vents, all the plumbing, etc. If you are running electric cooling fans for your radiator, you will need a trinary switch (not the binary). I got the dryer with the trinary switch.
Allmost everything A/C related on my car was unique to my build because of forward radiator position, OEM ford compressor with springlock fittings, less area to work with under dash because I needed access to my windshield wiper motor from under the dash, wanting to run the bulkhead on the side panel, etc. etc.
They do make a mock up unit for the GenIV evaporator that allows you to get the brackets, etc made before you actually purchase the real thing. It's 60.00 when I got mine, and is returnable for a refund when you buy the unit. I kept mine and have been letting friends borrow it...it's currently in Phoenix (RavenRider)...I'm not sure if Jerry is done with it or not.
I lost tract of what point your  build was at regarding assembly, so alot of how I'd approach the project would be based on what stage your actually at.

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 on: Yesterday at 10:20:38 AM 
Started by Wirenut - Last post by robhaerr
Here is the article from Hot Rod and Street Rodder...
http://www.hotrod.com/how-to/additional-how-to/1503-1957-ford-ranch-wagon-receives-modern-air-conditioning/?adbid=10153370035071579&adbpl=fb&adbpr=138558591578&short_code=2xc54&sm_id=social_aumohotrodsshub_default_20150504_45158576

All the best...
Rob

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 on: Yesterday at 08:56:58 AM 
Started by Wirenut - Last post by Wirenut
Rich, I didn't realize Gen IV was an option, do you have any part numbers you could share, if your happy with yours I'll go with that. I do want a in dash unit. Thank to each of you for your help

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 on: Yesterday at 05:30:25 AM 
Started by Wirenut - Last post by oldave57
I installed the Vintage Air "Slim Line" under-dash unit in my 57 Fairlane 500.  I tried fitting in the in-dash systems but after mocking up the evaporator boxes for these systems, I found that the large boxes really intruded on the passenger foot area and didn't like having to sacrifice the foot space. 

The Slim Line comes with the option of heat, cool, and defrost and that is the system I installed.  I am very pleased with the performance of the unit and the air distribution is spread out fairly well, better than some of the underdash units that have more limited spacing of the air outlets.  I also like the appearance because it seems to "fit in" better than some of the under-dash units.  The heater and defroster work well also, but I seldom drive the car in cold weather.

I used Vintage Air's 14" X 22" condenser and it seemed to fit nicely in the space available and the performance is great.

Good luck with your installation.  I'm sure you will like to have the air conditioning no matter which system you decide to use.

Regards,
Dave

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