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Well, I finally took the plunge and got me an underdash A/C unit for the truck. Been spying them for a few years. I got mine from RetroAir in Texas. http://www.retroair.com/universalackits.html Been

I'm making headway: I have the bracket somewhat completed but a few details. I have a belt that fits, I'm cutting the hoses to fit. I even started the engine last weekend for a minute to see if the

Well, as of Sunday it is complete. The a/c is all hooked up, lines, power, belt. You can turn the unit on and the fan works and it also powers the fan on the condensor. I had to add a tensioner bol

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Been a slow, very thought provoking process. Been eyeing up the possibilities and how I was going to do it. Finally bought the kit and started it a few weeks ago.

The air assist steering is coming along slow also.

All cleaned up:

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The red boot is from a Rancho shock. I had a pair laying here and it was just the right length. Still need to purchase another small tank so it has its own supply(like a 7x24 like I already have on the truck) with a check valve inline.

You can see the fan for the condensor laying up on the fifth wheel.

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Larry

1959 B61 Liv'n Large......................

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Air ride.....

Power steering....

A/C......

This B model is turning into a Cadillac! Some nice upgrades no doubt.

If I could get rid of the SLOW, NOISY, RATTLY old truck portion I would really have something LMAO!!!!

Going TO and FROM the races, my buddies all have late model pickups with all the creature comforts. I think the a/c will come in handy. Making it a bit more comfortable on hot/muggy days. The air steering will just make it easier to manuveur. Won't have to work so hard to park it.

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i am impressed with your work so far. rather than using the electric fan i would try to wire your signal to turn the electric fan to you're fan clutch solenoid and just use the engine fan.or if you have a mechanical fan you should have enough airflow for the condinser

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EZ, there is no room for the condensor anywhere near the radiator/fan on a B model. There is less then 1/2" in front of the radiator for the shutters. That is why the remote mount and electric fan.

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ok i guess i missed that, i thought you had room for the condenser but not the fan. you could probably go on the back of your sleeper like as if you had a apu unit without looking too out of place

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Ya, I was thinking along the lines of the back of the bunk, as I've seen units like that. I have room under the passenger side so I just put it up there. We'll see how well it works?

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Ed, it'd be MUCH easier to make things fit if it was in the parts yours are in. Well, the BIG garage would be a nice start too LOL! I gotta work in a single stall car garage.

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And it has a bunk and is 5ft longer then in this picture!! The room is about 10ft wide and the truck is 8ft.

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I been to Larry's and can vouch for the small "work bay". However, I have a large work bay (outside) and rely on Mother Nature for heating and cooling. Would definitely like a nice work shop like several BMT members.

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i think Matt Pfahl actually cut the center out of his shutters, just left half the fin and took out about a 20'' by 20'' square to mount the condenser in front of the radiator. he might have also used the stationary shutters that didn't move so he didn't cut a good set. cant remember , been a while since I studied his truck.

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Matt,

Matt Pfahl went to a rooftop unit about 2 years ago. Talked to him about it at Lititz, that year he did it. Al

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Yes. He did have the Vintage Air as I recall,Matt. I never even noticed the rooftop unit until he pointed it out. Guess it cools better. I just drive with the "twin 60's" open myself! (no $$$) Think Larry is doing a great job on his though! Al

IF YOU BOUGHT IT, A TRUCK BROUGHT IT..AND WHEN YOU'RE DONE WITH IT, A TRUCK WILL HAUL IT AWAY!!! Big John Trimble,WRVA

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Larry think insulation on the floor and fire wall and inside of the doors.The doors on a B does not hold air like it should also.Also I want to ask what belt will pull the cond.I installed a a/c on my B years ago and found something you may have not run into.I tried to use a fan belt to turn comp but when you do that the water pump is being turned now by one belt. Because the belt you use that goes over the comp and water pump has not enough wrap on the water pump so the pump is only being turned by one belt.What I did was find a three sheve pulley for the pump and use one short belt from the pump to the comp.Fot the condenser I used a red dot with a fan and mounted on top of my camper that is mounted on the truck.In the end it was just cool enough to keep from rolling the windows down.

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Ok I wont complain about the 24x24 shop I built when I was 14 being too small. I now know why you stayed so thin I thought it was so the car was moving less weight, I can see that it is a must, in order be able to move around in the shop :blush: A diet would have saved me a lot of money :loldude:

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