Hi, it’s me again, so soon you ask! ha ha ha!
I must apologize to TR6 owners which may have come across this blog hopeful for an AC in their TR6. My TR6 has a Miata engine with an aftermarket evaporator under the dash which really wouldn’t work with a ‘normal’ TR. They are available however.
When it comes to classic cars, many classics didn’t have air conditioning (Today’s generation probably would not know that), but aftermarket systems are manufactured and just about any vehicle can have AC today! Funny to think back in the day, AC was more of a luxury item and added to the cost of a vehicle for an upgrade cost, just like if you wanted chrome bumpers or white wall tires 😉 Now I laugh when I see an ad for a modern car stating it has AC, PS, PB, etc. Hey, all cars have these now!
After all the hard work making this universal system work, I’m rewarded with cool air coming out of the AC register/vent! 😉
I wish I had the kind of hair that would flow awesomely when driving in a sports car with the top down, but I don’t!:( I hate my hair to get blown around and look horrible! OK, get this, I’m installing a semi-permanent hard top, an original mind you;) Gary and I drove to Sarasota, Florida to get this hard to find thing! 16 hours one way. IT is removable, but I doubt to ever remove it once installed;) Now, the AC should work extraordinarily great with a closed in cabin! Obviously it’s not painted yet, and that will be a blog all by its lonesome.
This mini-genII is the smallest under the dash heater/evaporator available, however, there could still be a smaller one out there somewhere. Where the blower motor attached to the evaporator casing, I had to fabricate a little off-set bracket for the blower otherwise it wouldn’t have butted up to the firewall, otherwise would not have worked! Challenge 1 overcome!;)
After many, put it in, take it out, it finally fit to my likings! It’s incredibly light in weight. Shame a bunch of hoses still need to be attached to it:(
The metal dash was temporarily installed to see how things were going regarding AC venting. I’m tellin ya, it’s tight under this tiny dash! And there is a bunch of wiring which has to go under there too! EEEK!;)
I only have two hoses there, there will be a few more.
You know what’s really funny? I haven’t even painted the Tub yet at this point! I got to pull all this out! yum!
OK, the Tub is painted in this picture~ These funny looking fittings are going to go from the inside of the car to the engine compartment for AC lines.
This cool looking thing /tool was to crimp my self made AC lines. I love tools y’all know~ one more thing for my awesome tool box! 😉
Obviously all the hoses are ready to Rock n Roll~ install I mean.
Where my AC compressor lies, on the Miata, the stock compressor was way down low with the power steering pump right above it. I won’t be having power steering.
Just a nice pic of my condensor installation;)
Even more exhilarating was the wiring~ having fun now! The lit up dials are oh so cool!
This is not my car, I googled it so you, my superb viewers can see what a normal TR6 dash looks like. Pretty cool! Doesn’t have AC though, however I wish I could have had speakers like those:(
Ok, obviously, I have AC vents where the normal gauges would go with the emergency button in the middle. The making of the wooden dash will have its own blog as it deserves one😉 Though everything is working, it’s far from finished! 😉
OK, that wraps up another AWESOME blog for Classic Cars and Tools! I Hope, you, my readers/friends are enjoying the torture I’m putting myself through! ha ha! I love every minute of the torment! Am I ill? 😉