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Anybody put the AC in the trunk?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by dgc15, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. dgc15
    Joined: Aug 23, 2007
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    I have been thinking about mounting the AC evaporator in the trunk. There just isn't enough room behind the dash to get it in and still have room for the radio, electric wipers and glove box. has anyone done this and how did it work out?
     
  2. dalesnyder
    Joined: Feb 6, 2008
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    Just about every newer SUV has an evaporator in the rear, usually tucked up behind the inner quarter panel trim.. grab one from the pick and part and get hoses cut to order from your local hydraulics place and your chillin.
     
  3. okiedokie
    Joined: Jul 5, 2005
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    A friend did one in a 40 coupe many years ago. Had the vents on a rear package tray. Kept your ears really cool.
     
  4. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
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    Did it in a 67 camaro. Buddy did it in a 69.
     

  5. GassersGarage
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    A guy I know had Barry Whites shop install one in a Model T. He wasn't impressed.
     
  6. KomptonKid
    Joined: Oct 10, 2006
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    Everyone probably remembers the Opel GT, the mini-Vette lookalike sold thru Buick dealers. The rare A/C was a trip. Everything that usually would be under the dash(where there was no room in the Opel) was under the rear shelf- not right under the window, but where a back seat would be if there was room. The ductwork ran thru and out a custom center console. Took up no extra room and shot the air right at the driver and passenger. This was probably the only choice, as these cars, like Vettes, had no trunks.
     
  7. I just parted out a 60 caddy with aftermarket air in the rear deck. (4 sale)
     
  8. Huh? AC in the trunk? Why would you want to put the windows in the trunk? I just wind them down for real hotrodders AC.........

    Hey, Im just playing......

    Doc.
     
  9. Jalopy Joker
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    so, do you carry passengers in trunk that you want to keep cool? (Ha!)
     
  10. Dyce
    Joined: Sep 12, 2006
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    Look for a unit out of a truck sleeper. You can't give the sleepers away most of the time, and they have a nice little self contained heater-air unit.
     
  11. Fordguy321
    Joined: Oct 16, 2009
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    YES! that is awesome hahahaha
     
  12. yeah I put a vintage air unit in the trunk of my tall T, ran the lines under the car had the vents in the package tray and under the seat riser,contols also in the package tray worked great for a coupe with NO room,V/A helped alot on the phone.........
     
  13. I saw a guy's 5 window Model A at the Endicott Estate earlier this month with rear mounted A/C.
    It was household unit, with an inverter tossed in the back, resting in the footwell of the rumble seat with a bunch of cheesy aluminum work and pop rivets all around it.
    Very fucked up looking!
    I was embarrassed to stand near the car.
     
  14. Fordguy321
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    sounds like some of the stuff ive been sein on whitetrash reapeairs site, but they got generators boltd to the back of the cars for the ac powr. i think its worth sweating! :D
     
  15. junkyardjeff
    Joined: Jul 23, 2005
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    Look at conversion vans as some had a heat and a/c unit under the rear seat.
     
  16. chevyshack
    Joined: Dec 28, 2008
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    Ive seen some conversion vans with the a/c in the rear window.
     
  17. 62rebel
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
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    no shortage of comedians here....

    seems like every major manufacturer had it mounted in the trunk at first, until they worked out how to make room under the dash. used to see lots of caddies, lincolns, etc with the plexiglass tubes coming out of the package shelf, and the evap/blower unit mounted under it. in most of these cars, that's space that can't be efficiently used anyway, unless you have 5 foot arms or want to climb into the trunk.

    ingenious folks could plumb the cold air right up under the front seats where it does the most good.

    it'd beat the hell out of lugging around a swamp cooler.
     
  18. zzford
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    ^^^I wish someone would publish a "how-to" article on this.^^^
    It could be very useful. :D
     
  19. fiftyv8
    Joined: Mar 11, 2007
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    Only had my a/c in the trunk when I hauled it home.
    But not a bad idea if you can get it to work efficiently.
    I know the die hards will mock you about a/c, but so what hot rodding is about what ever works for the individual project.
     
  20. brad chevy
    Joined: Nov 22, 2009
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    Bought a 54 Chevy that had the rear air in it already,worked fine and really didn"t take up alot of room,hell I thought it was hot here in Fla,went to Texas to the trader Days outside of Dallas and it was 104 at 7am,you need ac.
     
  21. That great military leader, General Motors, did it back in the '50s. Friend of mine has a '55 Olds with factory air in the trunk, clear plastic ducts sticking up from the package tray.
     
  22. imnezrider
    Joined: Apr 27, 2010
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    You mean like my old '54 Buick Special I owned in the 1960's? (dealer installed). If the conditions were right, it would blow ice crystals onto the back of your neck. :D
     

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  23. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
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    You would want a unit that had everything except the compressor and condenser in one unit. An aftermarket unit would probably be the cleanest but a guy could adapt one from a doner vehicle without a lot of trouble. Maybe even one of those hang under the dash units using a duct system you built for it.

    The guys who knock a guy for wanting ac obviously aren't married or intend to have a girlfriend for any length of time. Or maybe at my age I just don't want to make cross country runs sweating the whole way again like I did 30 years ago.
     
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  24. 5window
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    Rats. I was going to say I put my AC unit on the shelf,because it was a HOT rod. And, it doesn't really look good running open hood sides on an A. But, I don't take the car on long trips. If you need it, build it. Why not ask the guys at Vintage Air for help engineering it?
     
  25. Nah, were just hard asses. Bit of heat never hurt anyone and I guess the women here in Australia are a little ruggeder too!;)

    Doc
     
  26. joel torres
    Joined: Mar 22, 2009
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    im thinking of the same mounting something in the trunk vents out the center console next time im at the junk yard im taking some of these home to experiment
    its electric driven a/c

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  27. mart3406
    Joined: May 31, 2009
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    --------------------------------------------
    Chrysler and Packard used factory 'trunk
    mounted' air conditioners in the '40's and
    '50's too.

    Mart3406
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  28. MedicCustoms
    Joined: Nov 24, 2008
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    cool, no pun intended lol :eek:
     
  29. I'd like to see that. I have a 2 door myself.
     
  30. john worden
    Joined: Nov 14, 2007
    Posts: 1,674

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    from iowa

    I'm installing a Vintage Air trunk unit in a 51 Chev business coupe now. It's a well designed, compact yet powerfull setup. I dynamatted the interior so the ac should cool the car easily.
     

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