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The Car Shop
Installing Air Conditioning

Jules Mazza of the The Car Shop NJ has submitted an article showing the process involved in installing a complete Vintage Air system in a 1950 Mercury. This is an interesting article with lots of great pictures of the install. At "The Car Shop NJ" you can buy all of the components you need to put air in your ride..... and if it looks like more than you want to tackle.... they will do it for you. Give them a call at (732) 919-1176 or visit them on the web at www.TheCarShopNJ.com Jules is a great guy ! Now watch as he gets this Merc all set for summer .

We started the job with the evaporator which was easy to install using existing bolt holes, which is why there are no pictures.

We started the job with the evaporator, which was easy to install using existing bolt holes, which is why there are no pictures.

A/C hose connections, heat control valve inside and firewall insulation. #10 a/c line still to be wrapped to prevent condensation.

A/C hose connections, heat control valve inside and firewall insulation. #10 A/C line still to be wrapped to prevent condensation.

A/C hose routing thru old fresh air intake

A/C hose routing thru old fresh air intake.

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Amount of evaporator below dash.

Amount of evaporator below dash.

Gauge panel removed, digital dash being intalled at this time also.

Gauge panel removed, digital dash
being installed at this time also.

 

Glove box liner out for mock up of new liner and to fit radio.

Glove box liner out for mock up
of new liner and to fit radio.

 

Passenger side a/c outlet.

Passenger side A/C outlet.

Drivers side fresh air vent.

Drivers side fresh air vent.

Braces and brackets for condenser & electric fan.

Braces and brackets for condenser & electric fan.

 

 

Finished brace ready for paint, riv- nuts used for all fasteners.

Finished brace ready for paint, riv-nuts
used for all fasteners.

 

Lower braces and brackets.

Lower braces and brackets.

 

Zoops brackets for a/c &alt. Optional polished compressor.

Zoop’s brackets for A/C & Alt.
Optional polished compressor.

Zoops brackets for a/c &alt. Optional polished compressor.

 

Firewall hose routing & drier mount, upper hoses are water with TBI clean rings Made For You braid along with hose clamps. One hose remains to be covered.

Firewall hose routing & drier mount, upper
hoses are water with TBI clean rings
(Made For You) braid along with hose
clamps. One hose remains to be covered.

 

 

 

 

Wiring still to be cleaned up from previous install (not here) and more insulation added.

Wiring still to be cleaned up from previous install (not here) and more insulation added.

Cover for drivers side fresh air vent still to be painted.

Cover for drivers side fresh air vent
still to be painted.

Old glove box liner alongside new liner with radio cutout, again riv nuts used for fastners. Please note riv nuts and nutserts are not the same.

Old glove box liner alongside new liner with radio cutout, again riv-nuts used for fasteners. Please note riv-nuts and nut-serts are not the same.

 

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Finished...

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Wiring cleaned up for balance of insulation. Dakota Dash had to be cut to install A/C control panel. Fortunately we ordered panel with no clock, which is exactly where cut was made. Original radio button cover on old dash also had to be removed. Cuts were made with extreme caution as old dash is pot metal and new insert is too expensive for any (oops). A cover was also made for top of glove box liner to add strength for radio placement. Original fuel sender was cut in half, leaving only flange and a new sender was soldered to flange so fuel gauge would work. We were also able to hide 2 small speakers in old speaker grill. Button controls to adjust dash were placed in A/C outlets to right of steering wheel.    S/S column was last years upgrades along with IFS with P/S. Seat were removed for ease of installation, which made for a much simpler job.

Great job ..... Thanks to Jules of The Car Shop NJ
for sending in this very informative article...

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