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55 Chevrolet Bel Air project.

TRB on Thu January 28, 2010 10:28 AM User is offlineView users profile

Jack stepped out of his safe zone and did a nice custom job plumbing this aftermarket unit on a 55 Bel Air. Lots of polishing was needed to make the aluminum stand out similar to a chrome type finish.









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Edited: Thu January 28, 2010 at 12:35 PM by TRB

Voyager97 on Thu January 28, 2010 11:23 AM User is offlineView users profile

I WANT ONE !

A '55 Bel Air that is.

I'm a sucker for Yankee Iron, to date I've owned :-
'69 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Custom Coupe (427 big block, Rochester Quads)
'71 Dodge Charger (318 Hemi)
'70 Pontiac Parisienne (350 Chevy)
'98 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited (4.0 Straight Six)
And now run a '97 Chrysler Grand Voyager 3.3 LE

Nice work on the install Jack. I know what it's like polishing Alu, used to do it as a hobby on m/cycles. Easy enough with the right kit, but you always come out of the workshop looking like a coal miner !


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JACK ADAMS on Thu January 28, 2010 4:53 PM User is offline



Here is one of the condenser as well.

Edited: Fri January 29, 2010 at 10:19 AM by Automotive Air Conditioning Information Moderator

NickD on Fri January 29, 2010 9:05 AM User is offline

So I been around for awhile, recall when the 55 Chevy first came out, neighbor was a dealer and took me to all the auto shows and that was the year I got my first drivers' license, but already have been driving a lot three years before that. Ha, never got caught.

Buddy had a 55, helped him, actually did it overhaul that 265 CID, I actually preferred Buick and Cadillac blocks, a lot more machining, the Chevy blocks were crude with even a wad of cast iron flashing hanging down almost hitting the crankshaft. Use to grind all that stuff off.

What I can't recall if his Powerglide was a two or a three speed, think it was a two, but maybe in the 54, think the 55 was the first year of the V-8. The Hydramatics were all four speed with a lot more go at the traffic lights. 57 the was the big year for Chevy, but left those in the dust with a 54 Caddy engine in a 48 Ford coupe. Was an easy conversion back then with Warshawsky conversion plates, and Ford made a drivetrain back then that could take it.

AC was strictly for sissies, but is really nice being a sissy today. Under the hood may not be bad on this car, but really curious what you did in the dash. Can you show pictures of that? And is this your car or a job for someone else.

With all the BS we have today with vehicles, I really miss those days, even afraid to change a spark plug type with all these damn regulations, both the EPA and the insurance companies. We had freedom back then. Having a car like that today only brings back memories of freedom, but does not bring freedom back.

JACK ADAMS on Mon February 01, 2010 10:48 AM User is offline

Customer provided the in-dash parts that were kind of a joke to install and as always, didn’t fit worth a darn. Had to make custom tooling to vacuum form new louver pods that would actually fit the dash! I did not take any pics of the dash, I was just happy to get it done.

JACK ADAMS on Fri February 05, 2010 10:03 AM User is offline

Here is one of the billet aluminum blocks I made out of round stock on our old bridge port machine to hold the aluminum lines to the fender well.



Edited: Mon February 08, 2010 at 9:47 AM by Automotive Air Conditioning Information Moderator

NickD on Fri February 05, 2010 6:41 PM User is offline

Did that tubing come preplated or did you have to get it plated? If you got it plated, did you have to send it to Mexico, sure can't get plating done here anymore.

Dave in Texas on Fri February 05, 2010 8:07 PM User is offlineView users profile

In 1962 I paid $350 for my first car, a '55 Chevy Bel Air(as is sale). Pink&Gray/210 series/V-8 PwGld trans. Tough car! Had the complete front end rebuilt for $75 and something broke off inside the transmission which was fixed for $100. It was a great car for those times and my USAF pay. Also had my first 'encounter' in that car. Great seats for 'encounters'!

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TRB on Fri February 05, 2010 8:15 PM User is offlineView users profile

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Originally posted by: NickD
Did that tubing come preplated or did you have to get it plated? If you got it plated, did you have to send it to Mexico, sure can't get plating done here anymore.

It's polished aluminum tubing.

Jack remind me to show you how to post the images. Outside the office your images are not showing up.

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chris142 on Mon February 08, 2010 9:48 PM User is offline

I dont like that steel braded AC line. Every time we have used it or had a car come in with a low charge it's been from those Lines. The refrigerant and oil just seep right out of the hose. Looking at the line with the light and glasses and the whole line will be coated in green dye.

ice-n-tropics on Tue February 09, 2010 11:30 AM User is offline

Nick,
My 37 Ford pick up with a Rocket 88 engine and hydramatic would have given your 48 a good run.
Cordially,
Hotrodac

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Edited: Tue February 09, 2010 at 11:43 AM by ice-n-tropics

TRB on Tue February 09, 2010 11:52 AM User is offlineView users profile

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Originally posted by: chris142
I dont like that steel braded AC line. Every time we have used it or had a car come in with a low charge it's been from those Lines. The refrigerant and oil just seep right out of the hose. Looking at the line with the light and glasses and the whole line will be coated in green dye.

Actually it is barrier hose wrapped in a steel braided housing.

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NickD on Thu February 11, 2010 5:49 AM User is offline

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Nick, My 37 Ford pick up with a Rocket 88 engine and hydramatic would have given your 48 a good run. Cordially, Hotrodac

Would be great to turn back the clock, at least all the new laws we have, hmmm, would be interesting your pickup against a 48 Ford coupe with a 55 Caddy engine in it. Really wasn't much stuff available for either the Olds or Caddy engine, not like for the Chevy's, that never made sense to me, were far superior engines with machined combustion chambers. Chevy's had poked in rocker arm studs and the block was like a hunk of an iron casting with practically no machining done to it.

Back then, they were saying by the year 2000, we would be driving 300 mph on the freeway. Did 2000 come yet? And did this really happen? Have to check my calendar again, or maybe that was a typo. 5 mph is more typical on a freeway today.

chris142 on Fri February 12, 2010 10:43 PM User is offline

Oh ok. That outa work.

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