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Electric A/C for your truck #1321701 Tue Aug 13 2019 01:35 PM
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Mick53 in another thread mentioned he has electric air conditioning in his truck. Anyone else have this and what system did you use? What was the cost? Difficulty with installation? Who did you purchase from? Links are welcome and appreciated. Interesting option.


Martin
'62 Chevy C-10 Stepside Shortbed (Restomod in progress)
'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)


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Re: Electric A/C for your truck [Re: Justhorsenround] #1321737 Tue Aug 13 2019 06:06 PM
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Quite a load on the charging system.

Re: Electric A/C for your truck [Re: Justhorsenround] #1321746 Tue Aug 13 2019 08:29 PM
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Martin, it may be interesting and is used in a Prius, but it's a non starter to add it aftermarket. Some folks have a "portable AC" unit they call "AC". Stay with the tried and proven belt drive. It is not hard to do. Works well.
Check out the discussion in HiPo "AC for 1955 second series".


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Re: Electric A/C for your truck [Re: Justhorsenround] #1321753 Tue Aug 13 2019 09:22 PM
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Yup, familiar with all the regular aftermarket A/C units. Vintage Air and Old Air are a couple that come to mind. Helped Terry B install Vintage Air in his ‘53. I was curious what mick53 had done to his and if anyone else had done it.


Martin
'62 Chevy C-10 Stepside Shortbed (Restomod in progress)
'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)


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Re: Electric A/C for your truck [Re: Justhorsenround] #1321802 Wed Aug 14 2019 03:21 AM
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I went with Rencool from down under. I liked that its cooled from the return gases. I also got the remote condenser with electric fan and their dryer. all said and done about $1800 USD with shipping. There are cheaper units out there. I bought it from street F/X down under. I had Mech Man make me a 270 amp GM large case alternator with duel rectifiers, polished of course. It is not yet installed. My plan is to put the compressor and condenser between the frame rails and run the hoses up the passenger toe boards from under the truck with a false toe board in front of them. I'm using an old air inside kit. It will work with any system just hook up the trigger wire like any compressor. The only accessory in my engine compartment is the alt. Also nothing obstructing the radiator.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRo05wph2F0

Last edited by mick53; Wed Aug 14 2019 03:23 AM.

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Re: Electric A/C for your truck [Re: Justhorsenround] #1321814 Wed Aug 14 2019 04:58 AM
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Looks like it will make whiskey too.


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Re: Electric A/C for your truck [Re: Justhorsenround] #1321843 Wed Aug 14 2019 03:21 PM
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Last year I posted this information:

https://tinyurl.com/yxqan6j5

Could you make an A/C with these? You could, but you'd need several, the power consumption is high and the efficiency is low (compared to conventional A/C systems).

Now, you can make ice. You can do that in just a short time, so a creative person could make all sorts of things with these and they're very useful in the medical and medical experimental fields or anytime a small amount of material, liquid, etc needs to be chilled rapidly. I'll bet you can think of all manner of neat gizmos...


Jon

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Re: Electric A/C for your truck [Re: Justhorsenround] #1321863 Wed Aug 14 2019 06:09 PM
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I have a vintage air in my 54 3100. Works ok but not great and it could just be me. I wish that the under-dash unit was more compact.


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Re: Electric A/C for your truck [Re: Justhorsenround] #1321869 Wed Aug 14 2019 07:25 PM
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The proof of the pudding is not how cool you are, it is what temp is coming out the vent. On max, with a good thermometer, the colder it is from 48 tells you how good it is cooling. Below 40 is really good. Above 48 is a problem.
How cool you are has to do with a lot of factors the AC is not responsible for. Air leaks, insulation, cab cu ft, glass sq ft, etc.
Compare vent temps to your modern vehicles.
The old hang downs were really cold. No ducts. Blows directly across evaporator and out.


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Re: Electric A/C for your truck [Re: Justhorsenround] #1321916 Thu Aug 15 2019 02:17 AM
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The Vintage Air in my '49 will run you out with cold air. It was purchased 2 years ago and it is all electronically controlled. No cables. The fan switch doesn't have separate speeds, it is infinitely variable, which is nice for dialing in the perfect cooling and heating settings.

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