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I am going to add original factory AC to my 64. I have everything I need from a 63 with air...non-wood grain  What I will need is the "wood grain" center console panel.  I am seeking the wood grain panel as seen with AC vents. 

 

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Check with Dan Booth at Nostalgic Motors.  Early Avanti II cars used the same one.

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Thank you very much for the lead. Do you think the forum would be interested in my journey?

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Take and post pics of the whole process.  Anyone who hasn't done similar will appreciate seeing the process.

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Dan, at nostalgic motors does NOT have any wood grain A/C console panels. I can make the "fawn" panel woodgrain. 

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Here's what is known so far..... The console side panel on an AC car is wider and is a separate, removable,  panel.

With the side panel removed, one can see the mounted evaporator/ blower housing in place.

There is a circular hole on the evaporator/ blower housing corresponding to the vent/diffuser on the removed side panel.

In my 63, these side vent/diffusers are black plastic. One each side

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The original, factory Evaporator/Blower is apx. 16" W x 13" D X 7" H.  
That is about the same measurement as many aftemarket, underdash, Evaporator/Blowers. 

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So, I started this thread by saying that I was going to take an original, complete, all Studebaker , A/C unit and change cars with it. Now I am wondering IF - Can I retrofit an aftermarket evaporator/blower at a mere fraction of the cost? The aftermarket shown is 15 3/4" W x 13 1/2"  D x 6 5/8 H.  Read again the original size, and you can see that it will fit. It has two two function switches too. I know that I can reverse engineer the box to match up with a factory console panel. And for $80 bucks, it's cheap enough to try.

NOTE...I have been told by A/C experts that the original factory compressor is NOT conducive to R134. It is not as efficient, and thus not as cold. So, that original part may not be a swap option either. In other words, I am already having to make changes to make it work. 

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I have a work in progress "restmod" 1964 Avanti, that had factory air and I removed it for a aftermarket unit. Less expensive,and it  blows more air to keep the car cool in Southern California summers. I did have to modify the console, but I have been happy with the results. These are old photos and I did make a 3D parts to replicate the original console plate which needed to be shorter in height.

Bob Caser

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Bob...thank you for contributing!  I like how you think outside the box.  I am going to try to match up the aftermarket A/C with the original console outlets. Now that I am not robbing the 63 (I am sure the purists will thank me) I need to find an A/C console plate. Someone can name their price...Hint hint. 

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I spent many, many hours attempting to fit a aftermarket into the original console or in to the dash with no success. I modified a dashboard to direct air thru the radio opening and other brainstorms as well. What I finally wound up with is what is in my photos. The plus side is that there are four air outlets which right and left outlet are enough for the driver and passenger and the two center outlets will cool the back seat.

The rear window produces a lot of heat and cooling the rear seat helps keep the car comfortable.

This Avanti is not for the purist, it was built to be used as a everyday car so it has 4 wheel disc brakes, overdrive transmission, electric power steering, blue tooth radio , etc, etc. It had a engine transplant back  in the 1960s and has been modified over the years .

I have a purist Avanti as well and appreciate it for what it is.  A beautiful piece of design.

Bob Caser

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