Like a lot of you guys, I never put air conditioning in any car. When I was young and got interested in cars we took off any power robbing accessories. I never got used to it. Even living in the deep south, I don't use the a/c in my newer vehicles, I lower the windows. I love the wind blowing across my bald head and all the road noise. Wouldn't even have it on in my house if it weren't for my son and dog who still live with me. It just seems like it is not really a "hot rod" if it has luxury accessories on it. It also detracts from the looks of an engine compartment to see that mess in there I think. But..thats just my opinion. To each, his own. I was just wondering when this trend started in other parts of the country. Like I said in the original post, I never saw it until the mid 1970s when the street rods with all the power accessory stuff took hold.