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After having to garage my car for 4 months last year due to +90' weather I decided to install A/C. I tracked down a clean Behr unit and a HobbyDave compressor bracket and then bought Rob's Guide to Vintage Air.

After some research I decided I really wanted a Clardy since it pushes more Air CFM's so I decided to bite the bullet and sell my bits for $350 and put that towards a new ICEAC complete kit. I was told to figure on 25 hrs. without Project Creep, yea like that's not going to happen.

 

So here's the story:

 

Beautiful Kooglewerks Long console out and off to Jovis's car, don't worry I addressed that Rat's Nest of wires

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New Clardy Clone (http://iceautoair.com/index.html) Condenser in place 

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Since I was used to 3 gauges and cup holders I gave Forrest a call at Kooglewerks to get his updated 2 gauge face with cupholders, because all Euro's know we Americans LOVE cup holders

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I added some closed cell foam in back to seal up CFM pressure leaks

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I also added a 6 mini flag fuse block for my basic interior options and then completely re-wired all of the things I've added over the last 4 years (7 hours project creep)

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The glove box was being blocked by the new console plastic so I added this 2-1/2" aluminum bracket to pull it in 3/16"

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With the cabin done I drilled and pulled the harness, plugged it all in and ran the A/C Blower fan without issue.

It blows VERY hard, like a modern car.

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With that done I was ready to move to the compressor, I pulled out the ICEAC bracket to test fit and found my block had the hardpoint but it was not drilled.

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Drilling and tapping this in place was above my Pay Grade so I gave BluntTech a call and ordered a new Bracket from them, only hitch was the Compressor was a different style so another member was able to repurpose my mount and brand new Sanden for his A/C project (2.5 hours more creep)

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with some time to kill I followed Rob Siegel's guidance and machined out my lower Tii timing cover for belt clearance 

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With all this in place now all I needed was to attach the belt, witch was designated for a Carbed car, which of course didn't fit a Tii, 2 trips to Autozone and 5 belts later I got it dialed!

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After that I moved up front to tackle the Condenser and Dryer, of course my Oil Cooler wasn't going to fit and the Air Horns had to be relocated. Since I was already in the nose I cleaned up more harness woes and added plugs for my driving lights (+2 hrs creep), otherwise the Condenser, Dryer and fan went in easy.

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I also added a new clean fan and sourced a Radiator Cowling (+1.5 hrs emails and calls) to help out 

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All happy here I went for the Hoses now, first I tried them the ICEAC way but thought they were too close to the Tri-Y Headers so I spun the one line 180' to face forwards. A new shorter hose would be good in the future but my A/C guy is booked out for 18 days, after seeing my photo's he did offer me a job ?

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Now with it all done and pressurized without any leaks I got a happy 51' drop in ambient air temp during road use

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Now just a USB charger plug and all done 

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A/C is not for everyone but for me I can now drive to a business appointment and show up Un-Soggy 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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After having to garage my car for 4 months last year due to +90' weather I decided to install A/C. I tracked down a clean Behr unit and a HobbyDave compressor bracket and then bought Rob's Guide to Vi

I have the same system, you did a great job, I wish that the vents were higher to keep you cool. In Tx the a/c keeps you cool not cold, not sure if I would do it again at $2000.00 for the a/c $1300.00

25 hours at $1300, Nice going there 

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Great write up. Well done. 

 

The ICE AC is a nice unit, particularly combined with the Koogleworks console. I would go that way apart from the intrusion into the right hand footwell. The fan body and hoses would be nicely clashing with the clutch and brake pedals on my car. 

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I have the same system, you did a great job, I wish that the vents were higher to keep you cool. In Tx the a/c keeps you cool not cold, not sure if I would do it again at $2000.00 for the a/c $1300.00 in labor upgraded the radiator $850.00 new water pump, thermostat, and fan !

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1 hour ago, Simeon said:

. The fan body and hoses would be nicely clashing with the clutch and brake pedals on my car.

 

They actually do not impede your legs at all, the hoses could go out the other side.

But realistically the other kit on here earlier in the week may be better for RHT drives:  https://www.southernrods.com/a-c-and-heat-components/all-new-mini-kooler-ac-only-small-unit.html

 

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14 hours ago, fjord-tii said:

Very nice write-up, thinking of doing the same although for the humidity here on the mid-Atlantic. Can you indicate the model number of the compressor, there are quite a few variations.

 

To be honest, that answer is all dependent on who supplies the mounting bracket. When I ordered my new bracket from BluntTech they offered me a Clone or Real Sanden that were priced very fair by my research so I just had them supply it. I could have saved $100 for a Clone but figured if I'm in this deep I may as well go all the way.

 

 

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22 minutes ago, Mario Falfan said:

My system from ICE came with everything, bracket console all of it.

 

Mine did as well, I would have used it but my Block was not  drilled for the upper bolt

 

the console face and shift surround was also perfect and new, I just wanted to add gauges and cup holders 

 

the ICEAC would be perfectly usable for almost all people 

 

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