[Cortina-list] A/C discussion

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Fri Jun 19 13:47:59 UTC 2015


I'd like to know how that turns out as I have been toying with the same idea of A/C in my estate using the factory plenum.


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> On Jun 18, 2015, at 10:37 PM, "cortina-list at lotus-cortina.com" <cortina-list at lotus-cortina.com> wrote:
> Thanks for all of the input.  John, thanks I hadn't really thought about the cyclical load the A/C compressor was going to impose.  I had thought about the aftermarket covers, i.e. Dave Bean or Burton. I have built at least one motor with the stock and one with the Dave Bean unit and both were fine. My front covers are not the most pristine in the universe and it is probably worth the cash up front.  In the spill the beans department, my boss had a great suggestion of mounting the compressor where the generator normally mounts and then mounting the alternator elsewhere. I am going to use one of those exceptionally cute Denso alternators it should not be too hard to find a home for it.
> One of the other posts was about the 101 other bits and pieces needed.  I am lucky I have a spare complete Vintage Aire system and I have a spare Cortina heater fresh air box. I know it will take work but I am confident I can cannibalize the vintage aire, gut the Cortina unit and make something that looks like the Cortina stock system but refreshes on those hot California summer days.  The only reason I am even thinking about it now is I don't want to start hacking my completed and painted body apart. I want to do the hacking before the paint.
> Nothing is ever easy department:  After struggling with some difficult bits, I decided to tackle something easy.  I had noticed that the hood hinge brackets had been bent backwards.  The incident in the car's past that required the right front fender to be replaced had involved the hood. The blow to the front had bent the hood hinges. This seemed like a quickie. You drill out the spot welds take the bracket off, bang a bit on the fender sheet metal, bang a bit more on the hinge and then weld it all back.  Nope, nothing is ever easy. The metal on th fender is stretched a lot and a co-worker has the Oxy-acetylene  torch tied up. The quickie repair with have to wait for another day.
> Jim H
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