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Old 10-27-2019, 08:31 AM   #71
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Bluedot, was the A.C. specific for the car, or was it a generic unit?
A little of both. The evaporator is a Vintage Air Gen II, and I'd read of another '40 professionally built that used that unit. It is not '40 specific. VA makes some smaller units, but this car is so huge inside that I wanted to use the biggest I could.
I bought a VA condenser/drier set-up that was said to be for '39s and '40s, and by all appearances in the product listing, I thought that meant it came assembled, or was at least a bolt in. It was neither. All the parts were there, but some bending/cutting/tweaking was needed to make them work. I was pretty disappointed - I thought VA did better than that.
I also got their long hose version of an installation kit, which was supposed to have everything I needed. It almost did (hoses and fittings), but there is a required high pressure shutoff switch that requires a T fitting in the drier to evap line, and that fitting was not included with the hose kit or the switch.
More? I was happy to learn that they made AC dash outlets specifically to fit in the '39/'40 two ashtray holes, far left and right in the stock dash. But last night I discovered that the VA pieces are 1/8-1/4" smaller than the holes they are to fit in. I expected a snug fit. Why the gaps for items custom designed for this car?
I will be calling VA tomorrow to see what they have to say. Right now I am quite disgruntled with a manufacturer reputed to be the market leader.

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Old 10-29-2019, 02:30 PM   #72
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My dad has had Louie Worth’s son do upholstery work for him.
Works out of his garage on the side so might want get ahold of him in advance.
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Old 11-06-2019, 04:09 PM   #73
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Good to know about vintage air. Most of my stuff is street/strip so I don't have A.C. in them. But I am just starting redoing a 58 Ford as a nice driver that will include A.C. So I may need to look at some other sources other than vintage air.

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Old 11-06-2019, 08:48 PM   #74
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Don't count them (VA) out - it's prolly just me. They wouldn't have 3/4 of the market if they were screw-ups. The "other guys" may be worse. And I am muddling thru the challenges. Just today in fact, I got the fittings clamped on all 5 AC hoses. Ameriflex did 'em for me on the spot (walk-in) in ten minutes for $25.
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Old 11-07-2019, 03:13 AM   #75
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What did VA tell you about the vents?
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Old 11-07-2019, 07:24 AM   #76
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Actually, I never reached them on the phone (phone tag). I played with the vents a bit, and it appears that if they are cocked at a bit of an angle in the hole, the fit is better. By an angle, I mean instead if straight out of the dash corner surface as I'd been trying, angled more toward the rear of the car. That would make the airflow more in the direction of the occupants anyway - prolly what VA intended. Instructions are not very clear.
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Old 02-11-2020, 08:03 AM   #77
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I just realized I haven't posted an update in 3 months. Not a lot to report. Lots of hours doing minor bodywork - mostly little dings and dents. Some hammer/dolly work, mostly bondo & sanding. Almost done now first pass, ie before shooting some tinted primer for a light guidecoat, then more sanding. That will turn up a lot of places I've missed I'm sure. Still facing many sanding hours.
I'd not been aware of sanding sponges before. I got some and have been using them. Much much better than trying to wrestle with a regular sponge and sandpaper. While I am still very slow, this is going considerably faster than past projects.
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Old 02-11-2020, 04:48 PM   #78
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Thanks for the update, glad it's coming along. Sanding is one of my least favorite jobs, but the sanding sponges do definitely help.
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Old 03-29-2020, 07:24 AM   #79
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Slow progress. Finished initial bodywork/sanding, today I will finish with the metal etch primer where I've sanded thru. Primer/surface on order from TCP Global. When I get that on, I am confident I will be doing a lot more block sanding. Then sealer, and color.
Sanding sponge comment: I'd been using some that I believe were Craftsman. They are grey, worked OK. I needed a couple more, was in Ace, bought one that is the Ace Premium brand. Quite a different look (yellow sponge, green surface), and I almost shied away because the surface is considerably stiffer than the grey ones I'd been using. Turns out that is good. It feathers the edges of bondo much better than they grey ones I'd been using. They softer grey ones are better for tight curves, but the stiffer yellow ones do the more flat surfaces with far less work.

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Old 03-30-2020, 01:50 PM   #80
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Bluedot, that good to know. Thanks for the update.
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