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Powerflite
Posted 2019-08-03 7:51 PM (#585599)
Subject: Thermador Swamp Cooler A/C



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I bought one of those Thermador A/C units that mount to your side window to install on my Coronet. But all the installations I have seen of it are on sedans with upper door frames. Does anyone know how to mount one of these on a hardtop?
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57chizler
Posted 2019-08-04 1:16 PM (#585630 - in reply to #585599)
Subject: RE: Thermador Swamp Cooler A/C



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Some models have a strut for use on hardtops.



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Powerflite
Posted 2019-08-04 5:03 PM (#585634 - in reply to #585599)
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Thanks for the instructions. Mine doesn't have anything like that. I could possibly remove all the bracketry to put it on backwards in order to get it to go onto the window like that, and then fab a bracket; but instead, I shortened up the mount and secured it to the roof drip rail. By centering it in the window opening, I can roll the window down to be able to open the door. It isn't ideal, but it seems to work. I drove to church with it working and it was definitely cooler inside, but it wasn't nearly as good as a modern A/C system of course. Also, with that large gap in the window, it lets out a lot of the cooler air, so those gaps really should be plugged with some foam or something.

I don't like the weep hole in the front of it. I suspect that it is used to prevent overfilling it, but everytime I stop, go downhill, or make a left turn, that hole is peeing out fluid all over my window and door. I am thinking of plugging it up and just calculating how much water I need to put in.



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51coronet
Posted 2019-08-06 5:08 PM (#585728 - in reply to #585599)
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donor vehicle and pull the AC parts. Transplant them into your car. The system itself is fairly simple and the popular sanden sd508 compressor can be installed fairly easy. If you ever pull your engine or the box on the firewall I would consider the project. Or go the vintage air route for a more nostalgic look. Local pick a part/junkyard what you can and maybe a controller for the inside of the vehicle from vintage air? AC is a must have in the summer months. Fit the largest condenser you can.

Just tossing ideas out there if you have the time, money, motivation its a worthwhile project to consider if you like driving your car.
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Powerflite
Posted 2019-08-06 5:40 PM (#585729 - in reply to #585599)
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I really don't need the air. I can live without it just like they did back in the '50's. As long as I am moving, I get cool enough. The only time I have had trouble is when stuck on the freeway in 105-110F heat in dead traffic. But my wife doesn't do well without something. I don't use it enough to warrant all the trouble of putting in a complete system, and I would need to put it into every vehicle I drive. Instead, this one is transferable to other cars and it's vintage, so that's why I like it. Installing the evaporator on a new system is the hardest part and would take me quite a bit of time to do it right as I haven't seen a really good solution shown for our cars that I like. On the occasion that I need to drive long distance through the Mohave desert with my whole family like this upcoming weekend, having something like this is hopefully going to make it a more pleasant experience. We'll see how it goes. I don't think my wife can resist the temptation to dump some crushed ice into it so we'll see how that works out too.

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RICKYMOPAR
Posted 2019-08-07 9:01 AM (#585746 - in reply to #585599)
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I am still amazed how well these old Thermador evaporative coolers work. I purchased one in 1979 at the swap meet in Sparks Nevada, with a pair of old water bags. crossed the desert in 110 degree heat and was surprisingly comfortable. still have it and even used it on a non-air 440-6 Challenger crossing the salt flats of Utah. Yeah it looks odd, I didn't care because it worked. Hot August Nights as hot as the days in Nevada.

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1960fury
Posted 2019-08-07 11:23 AM (#585752 - in reply to #585729)
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Powerflite - 2019-08-06 5:40 PM

I really don't need the air.


I'd pay for it to get rid of the A/C option. Hate how it clutters up the engine compartment and makes the car (the HEAVY OE system) handle like a dump truck and on top of it, I HATE A/C air, it make me feel sick.
Of course we don't have many hot days in Germany, but even on scorching summer days I don't use it in my (black paint) daily driver. I LOVE vent windows!!! How on earth could they stop using it? You can cruise with 100mph with the window open (try that with a new car) and at slower speeds it gives you better cooling than any AC system. I just love old cars.

I forgot the power drain, even if you have switched it off!

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57chizler
Posted 2019-08-07 1:21 PM (#585756 - in reply to #585752)
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People differ, I can't own a car without A/C.
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