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roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(2909 posts)

Registered:
04/24/2009 11:02AM

Main British Car:
74' Jensen Healy, 79 Huff. GT 1, 74 MGB Lotus 907,2L

Re: A/C or no A/C? Why not TATA ?
Posted by: roverman
Date: March 13, 2012 04:21PM

If you used a Tata air motor your exhaust temperature would be 0-15 F, suitable for "free" ac. All is not hot air, on this forum. Good Luck, roverman.


triumphtr2
tim body
St thomas ont Canada
(87 posts)

Registered:
08/18/2010 10:21PM

Main British Car:
1954 TR2 serial # TS 110 L triumph 2 litre

Re: A/C or no A/C?
Posted by: triumphtr2
Date: March 13, 2012 09:11PM

I bow to the voice of experience. Tim


flitner
John Fenner
Miami Fl
(167 posts)

Registered:
03/11/2010 10:58AM

Main British Car:
1972 MGB 350 CHEVY

Re: A/C or no A/C?
Posted by: flitner
Date: March 15, 2012 12:24AM

Thank you Tim,
I drove that thing two years as a daily driver in traffic windows down and the top up rear window zipped down bare bones no blower or fan, no radio, just rumble, and smell like exhaust, foggy windsheild during rainy season, and hot feet from the foot box not being insulated, It was a very fun ride being miserable in that old thing! I will be letting y'all know how the ride is soon as it will be on the road in 2 weeks I hope.

Heck I'm still debating a custom fabbed hard top in the near future.


triumphtr2
tim body
St thomas ont Canada
(87 posts)

Registered:
08/18/2010 10:21PM

Main British Car:
1954 TR2 serial # TS 110 L triumph 2 litre

Re: A/C or no A/C?
Posted by: triumphtr2
Date: March 15, 2012 09:13PM

I hope the Roverman knows I was responding to Geoff's previous post and not his "hot air " joke. Yes John let us know how the car performs. Tim


roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(2909 posts)

Registered:
04/24/2009 11:02AM

Main British Car:
74' Jensen Healy, 79 Huff. GT 1, 74 MGB Lotus 907,2L

Re: A/C or no A/C?
Posted by: roverman
Date: March 15, 2012 10:30PM

Clan, It's a fine line, global warming or nuclear winter. "Somewhere" there is equilibrium ? Does someone think I have hot air ? - don't answer/lol. Cheers, roverman.


NCtim
Tim Shumbera
Western North Carolina
(238 posts)

Registered:
01/19/2012 04:35PM

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Re: A/C or no A/C?
Posted by: NCtim
Date: March 16, 2012 06:04PM

John,

I don't know if you're married, but, my wife has already requested AC. I don't even have a build sheet yet . . . she doesn't care if there's a radio or springs & shocks, just AC and some go-fast with the proper sound track.

NCtim


flitner
John Fenner
Miami Fl
(167 posts)

Registered:
03/11/2010 10:58AM

Main British Car:
1972 MGB 350 CHEVY

Re: A/C or no A/C?
Posted by: flitner
Date: March 19, 2012 12:42PM

Oh yeah, been married since '04, together since 00 and known each other since kindergarten, and very patient with my back yard projects luckily, she figures its better for me to be back there than at a bar.



NCtim
Tim Shumbera
Western North Carolina
(238 posts)

Registered:
01/19/2012 04:35PM

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Re: A/C or no A/C?
Posted by: NCtim
Date: April 24, 2012 06:37PM

And she's right! I was a bartender at a bar in college that was remarkably similar to "Cheers." I had my regulars and their drink was made before they got to their stool. I had two lawyers, an accountant, a college professor, and a realtor. The regulars ran tabs all week and paid me on Fridays, with tip. I got some great life-lessons from that experience. First I realized that when I got married I wanted to be excited to get home and see my wife, not spend a couple of hours in a bar before dragging my butt home. Second, I had 2 MGs and an Austin Healey 100-6 that always needed attention. I figured what they were spending on bar tabs I could buy a lot of cool car parts and court the ladies and have $$ left over after I got out of college and I wouldn't smell like popcorn and liquor when I got home.

I think that's why I'm still the luckiest man on earth! I'm still excited to get home from the office to my beautiful wife of 28 years and she encourages my projects. If she wants AC then I'll give her the 40lbs of additional weight on the front end. If I was that concerned about weight I could lose 15lbs and get under 190, but I love to cook too much. I sacrificed for too many years to give up good food now.

Cheers,
NCtim


DoctorEurocar
Mitchell Isidore
South Florida
(6 posts)

Registered:
05/01/2013 06:47PM

Main British Car:
1973 Triumph Stag 1990 SBF & T5 in progress

Re: A/C or no A/C?
Posted by: DoctorEurocar
Date: May 06, 2013 05:49PM

Im building a 1973 Stag, that originally had a/c Living in South Florida I cannot imagine not having air. I drove my classic around Southern California and Seattle for years and a/c was always ditched in favor of weight savings. Not this time. This build has to have air even with top down ill run the air. I think im going with a ford 5.0/T5 but im leaning towards a chevy 4.3 and T5 just because im guaranteed to have more space for the a/c bits and abig radiator to keep the whole mess cool.


DiDueColpi
Fred Key
West coast - Canada
(1259 posts)

Registered:
05/14/2010 03:06AM

Main British Car:
What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it's all about?

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Re: A/C or no A/C?
Posted by: DiDueColpi
Date: May 06, 2013 08:48PM

Hi Mitchell,
It's a little far away but the Craigslist for Vancouver B.C. Canada, has what looks like a well done Stag with a chevy FI 5.0L
New paint and a hard top for $4900.00 Canadian. Or $0.86 if you factor in the US. exchange rate!
Haven't seen it in person but it sure is tempting.
Cheers
Fred

And o yeah, A/C all the way.
I'm in the same boat with the lovely Lynne (and i'd like to stay there)


DoctorEurocar
Mitchell Isidore
South Florida
(6 posts)

Registered:
05/01/2013 06:47PM

Main British Car:
1973 Triumph Stag 1990 SBF & T5 in progress

Re: A/C or no A/C?
Posted by: DoctorEurocar
Date: May 07, 2013 11:33AM

Nice car but I major issue which I cannot overcome....Hood scoop..No way I can drive this car with any visible body modifications..
Would be nice for when im home to cruise around Seattle but that darn hood scoop.

Actually even in Seattle I want AC... in 2008 Winter there was more snow that year than the last 30 winters combined 2009 summer reached triple digits heat for 4 days.. My house has no AC, I was sleeping outside on my boat in the yard.....


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2540 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: A/C or no A/C?
Posted by: rficalora
Date: May 09, 2013 11:02PM

That little sliver on the hood bothers you? I've only seen a few stags and had you not mentioned it I'd have never realized that wasn't stock. Looks great to me. And at US$4200 that'd be hard to pass up if it were near me!


imfast2
Skip Padgett
Memphis, TN
(5 posts)

Registered:
09/18/2010 05:09PM

Main British Car:
78 B-V8 Rover 3.5

Re: A/C or no A/C?
Posted by: imfast2
Date: August 21, 2013 05:55PM

I've looking at adding one of the units designed for trunk installation where the vents are normally installed in the package tray behind rear seats. Since the B has no package try, thought of cutting vents & return through the rear panel & push air forward. Unit would be in the trunk, saving a lot of work trying to get a decent installation up front.
Anyone tried this alternative or have other ideas?
Also looking for best sources & prices for A/C kits & bits if you have any.


BOOTLEG
Gary Rosema
Wisconsin
(47 posts)

Registered:
11/18/2013 07:26PM

Main British Car:
1978 MGB Rover 3.5L

Re: A/C or no A/C?
Posted by: BOOTLEG
Date: June 01, 2014 08:32AM

Although far fewer A/C days In WI than FL, I find simply driving my Miata on those days works best. It also allows redeployment of MGB A/C $ into flowers for my wife who tolerates my sports car addicition.


pspeaks
Paul Speaks
Dallas, Texas
(698 posts)

Registered:
07/20/2009 06:40PM

Main British Car:
1972 MGB-GT 1979 Ford 302

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Re: A/C or no A/C?
Posted by: pspeaks
Date: June 03, 2014 04:10AM

After living through summers stationed in Virginia where I bought it, Florida, South Carolina, California and now back to Texas, my late wife finally refused to ride in the GT because it didn't have AC. I think the decision weather to add AC should be based on what you intend to use the car for. I agree with Curtis that a race or track day car might preform better without the drag on the engine and the additional weight but at 70 years old my track days are behind me. I made the decision to go with AC and don't think I'll regret it, at least I hope not as I've already bought it. As Dallas had several days this winter at 16 degrees I think its heat and defrost function might come in handy as well.


Paul



MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3496 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: A/C or no A/C?
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: June 03, 2014 09:33AM

On a GT, I would definitely add A/C. The roadster? Not sure it will help much the way the wind whips around in a B.


pspeaks
Paul Speaks
Dallas, Texas
(698 posts)

Registered:
07/20/2009 06:40PM

Main British Car:
1972 MGB-GT 1979 Ford 302

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Re: A/C or no A/C?
Posted by: pspeaks
Date: June 03, 2014 02:11PM

I agree Carl, I had a roadster before the GT and was perfectly happy with it.


Paul


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2540 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: A/C or no A/C?
Posted by: rficalora
Date: June 03, 2014 06:27PM

I can tell you from experience, A/C on a roadster is of limited value unless you have a hard top. I rarely have the top up unless my wife is with me... she doesn't like her hair whipping around & it's too short for a pony tail to do any good... When we drove to Fredricksburg TX last summer (about 5hrs away) we tried out the A/C. At stops, the AC would freeze us out of the car, but as soon as we got going over about 25-30mph, there was so much hot air getting sucked in around the windows that, while cooler than it was outside, it's still probably 80 degrees with the A/C on high. Ambient temp outside was around 95-98 degrees.


roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(2909 posts)

Registered:
04/24/2009 11:02AM

Main British Car:
74' Jensen Healy, 79 Huff. GT 1, 74 MGB Lotus 907,2L

Re: A/C or no A/C? Reverse rotation pump ?
Posted by: roverman
Date: June 04, 2014 12:50PM

AC yes, run the compressor in reverse ? Alternator doesn't care, but ac pump, I'm not sure. I want to use accessories as tensioners, for (2) round tooth cam belts, and it will be crowded, on front of engine. Anybody ? Thanks, roverman.


DocsMG
James Spradlin

(40 posts)

Registered:
04/17/2014 01:34PM

Main British Car:


Re: A/C or no A/C?
Posted by: DocsMG
Date: June 20, 2014 12:01AM

My B is a daily driver. I used the heater all winter and scraped the windows too! Now I want AC so I can be cool in the summer or at least have some air blowing on my feet. I B hot footin it!
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