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Old 11-03-2014, 10:59 PM   #1
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Default Air coditioning

Alright, I realize that air conditioning was available in the 56 Fords, but thought I read an article about a 55 with factory air. The vents were similar to the 56 in the top of the dash, but were a bit different in shape. True or false??
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Old 11-03-2014, 11:23 PM   #2
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True. The shape and vents were different. I knew someone who had the entire set up from a 55 for sale and a lot of the AC parts were a bit different from a 56. If you have a CD from the Hot Rod Rev you can compare the differences.
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The 55: http://fordpartswiki.com/getpage?pageid=151563
The 56: http://fordpartswiki.com/getpage?pageid=152361
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Old 11-04-2014, 09:53 PM   #4
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Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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Old 11-05-2014, 10:48 AM   #5
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Funny how the different Ford divisions did it different in 1955. The 1955 Mercury had the evaporator mounted in the trunk with transparent tubes coming up through the rear package shelf and going above the head liner to distribute the cold air.
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Old 11-05-2014, 11:33 AM   #6
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That was the Novi Air Conditioner. Some may have been line installed but they were also available for dealer installation and the aftermarket. My Merc had one but the owner previous to the guy I got it from took it out and scrapped it. I found a pretty complete one on that auction site. The starting bid was $1800 + s&h.
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Old 11-05-2014, 02:25 PM   #7
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There is a Novi A/C set-up on EBAY for a long time. Link is below.....

http://www.ebay.com/itm/53-54-55-FOR...858f77&vxp=mtr
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Old 11-05-2014, 03:56 PM   #8
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That would be cool to have (pun fully intended), but for that price he can keep it. I wonder how much weight that would add? Those old York compressors weigh a ton and soak up horsepower.
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Old 11-07-2014, 05:29 PM   #9
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Looked at the eBay listing. One question.....How does the 2by4 ladder rack aperatus fit into the installation? RooDog
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Old 11-07-2014, 05:43 PM   #10
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It supports the evaporator, blower motors, etc. There a 2 holes cut in the package tray for the Plexiglas ducts and a couple of smaller holes through the trunk floor for the liquid and suction lines. The compressor had no clutch so it moved refrigerant any time the engine was running. You controlled outlet temperature by controlling either a POA valve or a suction throttling valve. If you didn't want any cooling you turned off the blowers.
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