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Old 05-10-2008, 02:04 PM   #1
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HELP AIR CONDITIONING ON 1952 CHEVY BUS

I HAVE A 1952 CHEVY SHORT BUS HOT ROD I WANT TO ADD AC.
I DONT WANT TO PUT A ROOF AC ON !
IS THERE ANY THING THAT WOULD MOUNT UNDER THE FLOOR?
I HAVE ROOM BETWEEN THE FRAME AND THE BODY FOR ONE I THINK.
I ALSO THINK I COULD FIND ENOUGH ROOM TO PUT A SMALL HONDA GENERATOR TO RUN IT.
I THOUGHT I COULD USE A BOAT AC BUT I THINK THEY CERCULATE WATER TO COOL.
THERE HAS GOT TO BE SOMETHING I HAVEN'T FOUND..
ANY INFO WOULD BE GREAT...JERRY
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Old 05-10-2008, 09:30 PM   #2
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I was going to make the same suggestion as Smitty. I know they've been used on some HDT fifth wheel haulers (essentially semi tractors with RV plates on them to pull really large fifth wheels). On a 1-ton (12,000 btu) unit you'll be right up against a Honda EU2000i's output; I'm not certain it would handle the starting load.

There's a Sanyo (and I'm sure more) that uses inverter technology to control the cooling so no starting loads as far as I can tell. It's here (and the EU2000i should just handle it):

http://www.minisplitsystems.com/cgi/dis ... num=12KS71

There is also Cruisair; which is like a boat A/C unit but air cooled. Here's a link:

http://www.cruisair.com/selfremote.html

Also I believe Sportyrick did a split install in his bus using (I think) a stardard window air unit as a base. You might look at his photo gallery.
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Old 05-12-2008, 01:40 PM   #3
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Here is what I did instead of installing a roof unit:

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Today I started installing the air conditioner, first I took out the window and then build a shelf for it to sit on.



I enclosed the rear of the airconditioner in one or more layers of insulation. This will be covered with wood later this weekend.



Here is a view of the inside.



Here is the louvered cover to allow the rear of the heat exchanger to exhaust heat and suck in fresh air. This works surprisingly well, you can really feel the hot air blowing out.

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It is gathered in the tray on the bottom of the unit and is evaporated with the hot heat exchanger and blown out as steam by the fan. Has it is changed to steam and blown through the heat exchanger it cools the exchanger making the unit more efficient.
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HI GUYS THANKS FOR ALL YOUR IDEAS.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS?
MY BUS IS 6x10 INSIDE AND HAS HAD 10" CHOPPED OUT OF THE ROOF.

http://www.compactappliance.com/on/dema ... cKoldfront


I TRYED TO POST A JPEG PICTURE BUT I CAN'T SEEM TO FIGURE IT OUT..
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Old 05-13-2008, 12:51 AM   #6
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why not use an ac system out of a chevy truck or suburban? You could find all the pieces at a junk yard for quite cheap....compressor condensor and evaporator, i think that's pretty much it.
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Old 05-13-2008, 07:29 AM   #7
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BIG ENGINES OVERHEAT IN LONG PARADE LINES.
NOTHING MORE EMBARASING THAN ANTIFREEZE SPEWING OUT ALL OVER THE GROUND AND YOU CAN'T GET OUT OF THE WAY....
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I installed the unit in July of 2004 and have never had any water leaking into the bus.
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hey old skooler can you post a pic or 2 of your bus that sounds real skool tim
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Old 05-17-2008, 12:05 PM   #10
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might want to look around at the newer short buses. I've got a account at work that takes care of the local transit buses most have the a/c condenser mounted underneath with fans on it. Running some sort of sandan or sanyo style compressor. That is the route I believe I'm gonna take on mine.
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