Project 2.

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Brett027
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Hoses and fittings come with the kit. However, the kit is designed for an engine driven compressor, so in my case I had to get hoses made up using those fittings, and I got mine crimped rather than use the do-it -yourself clips that came with the kit. For the heater part I used v8 commodore heater hoses and one 90degree bend fitting and cut to length. Kit comes with a nifty electric heater hose controller.
I tried everywhich way to mount an engine driven compressor but on the rhs the headers, alternator and swaybay all got in the way. If I was using a black motor head maybe could have mounted on lhs but on my setup the lower radiator hose got in the way. As well, I couldn't use a second front pulley because fan hit it and would have had to re-design the front again to move the radiator forward another 30mm and use a fan spacer.
For those wondering, there is about $3800 worth of kit there. The Rancool compressor has 3 speed options which increase the rate of cooling but also increase amps required up to about 70amps. My electrical system can handle that, but I am reliably told that for a little ute cab, the slower 1st speed should be ok so will try that option first. It's a simple matter of changing one wire in the wiring clip to change speeds. The relay in the picture is connected to the evaporator thermostat via the high and low pressure switch and it is the relay that triggers the compressor. So, a little bit different to the normal electromagnetic clutch setup on an engine drive unit.
Not an impossible job, but a time consuming one and a few compromises needed along the way.
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Good to see this thread continuing!
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Thanks Brett - interesting info. I have had this crazy idea of putting the under dash unit in the boot and sending air up the (as yet to be really thought out) centre console, so definitely need some custom plumbing. Keen to know how noisy it is when you get it going.
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Compressor is mounted on rubber feet to help a bit.
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Thanks for posting Brett after seeing the amount of stuff I think I will leave Frank alone but maybe Bride of Frankenstein will need to get aircon for the wife. :lol: :roll: :roll: :roll:
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Looks like Project 3 is off the to do list …..
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A bit of a shame really, I enjoyed watching Brett’s lightning progress Image


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Project 3 is going to a good home with a retired panel beater taking it on.
As for "lightning progress", those days are gone I'm afraid. Finishing Project 2 has ground on over many months past what I had planned, but is still on track for a run down to Fins on the River in June. Engineer lined up for Feb.
Sold my rotisserie and sand blasting gear last week so no more rust conversions for me.
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Project 2 is looking very nice Brett 👍
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Damn - was looking forward to the electric ute! Project 2 is coming together quite nicely there Brett.
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Look forward to seeing you and it there Brett. Booked our accomodation yesterday at the Border inn Moama.


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Hi Brett Barney is looking fantastic mate great to hear from you.
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Errol62 wrote: Thu Jan 26, 2023 8:52 am Booked our accomodation yesterday at the Border inn Moama.


We are at the Moama Motel just over the road along with the QLD crew :ebiggrin:
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staggering distance


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My 'office' is taking shape. Still lot's to do.
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Brett027 wrote: Sun Jan 29, 2023 7:04 pm My 'office' is taking shape. Still lot's to do.
Looking good!...Is that an EH gauge cowl I can see?
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