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RamPhoenix
Posted 2020-06-08 10:50 PM (#599435)
Subject: 1959 Chrysler firewall question



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Are all 1959 Chrysler firewalls the same, or is there a difference between cars with air conditioning and cars without air conditioning?
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Suddenlyits1960!
Posted 2020-06-09 9:31 AM (#599447 - in reply to #599435)
Subject: Re: 1959 Chrysler firewall question



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I believe the firewalls on cars with factory air conditioning are stamped differently. There was a discussion about someone wanting to add factory air to a car that didn’t come with it here and this subject came up.
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Powerflite
Posted 2020-06-09 11:04 AM (#599452 - in reply to #599435)
Subject: Re: 1959 Chrysler firewall question



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The A/C cars use the removable vent mount style. This type of firewall was used in many other cars that didn't come with A/C as well so if you happen to have it, you could install an original A/C setup in your car. The '57 New Yorker that I parted out had this firewall type in it so I have it available if anyone wants it. Aftermarket systems, of course don't require this.
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Suddenlyits1960!
Posted 2020-06-09 11:32 AM (#599457 - in reply to #599452)
Subject: Re: 1959 Chrysler firewall question



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Did many cars have this type firewall? Based on what I had heard and read here in the past I was under the impression you couldn’t install ac on a non ac car without hacking up the firewall. This would be good news for those wishing to install a factory ac setup,if the firewall is the type you’re mentioning.
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Suddenlyits1960!
Posted 2020-06-09 11:39 AM (#599459 - in reply to #599435)
Subject: Re: 1959 Chrysler firewall question



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“Powerflite”, have you ever had a 57-58 with working factory A/C? I’ve always been curious to know how well the system worked? Did it cool the interior very well?
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Powerflite
Posted 2020-06-09 11:41 AM (#599460 - in reply to #599435)
Subject: Re: 1959 Chrysler firewall question



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Yes, many did, but many did not too. I think it was Chrysler's way of mitigating the cost of having a different body stamping, just for the small number of A/C cars. Use them on a bunch of cars and the cost of making them goes way down.
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Suddenlyits1960!
Posted 2020-06-09 1:09 PM (#599468 - in reply to #599460)
Subject: Re: 1959 Chrysler firewall question



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Any chance you might have a photo of the ac style with removable vent mount and the non ac style for identification purposes?
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Powerflite
Posted 2020-06-09 1:17 PM (#599469 - in reply to #599435)
Subject: Re: 1959 Chrysler firewall question



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Just do a search on the site and you will find discussions about it. Here is one. http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=66044

The first gray picture is non-A/C, and the second black picture is A/C. On the second one, you can see the screws around the vent flap that can remove it out in case of A/C.

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Suddenlyits1960!
Posted 2020-06-09 1:29 PM (#599471 - in reply to #599469)
Subject: Re: 1959 Chrysler firewall question



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Thanks for the link “Powerflite”,and again for sharing your knowledge.

It interesting to see the differences you’ve found between the two in the cowl drains and drip guards too.
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