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The Grey Ghost Gets Classic Retrofit Air Conditioning - Electrocooler

Hi all!

I thought I'd start a thread about my Classic Retrofit "Electrocooler" install.

The unit is going to be installed in my 69 911, which poses a couple challenges. The '69 is unique in a few ways...not the least of which is the fact that there's a battery box in the way of where the condenser fan has to be. So, it's either relocate the fan, or lose the box. I haven't decided yet.

In any case, I've shot a kit "unboxing" video here on my YouTube channel. I'll document the install here, and do video on YouTube. I've also got videos coming for re-covering a completely destroyed dashboard, quarter window installs, and installing a 3.6 in my 69 911. Would love a subscribe if you are so inclined.

Here's the unboxing video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDbI-kT7iDE&t=3s


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Thanks for taking the time to document your project; Iím seriously thinking about adding this AC to my car, so very eager to hear, read and see any information on it.
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+1. This is definitely on my wish list, currently in competition with ITBs as the Next Big Expenditure.
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Hey Michael--just watched your video, and am now subscribed to your channel. Good stuff!
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Fantastic channel. I got an email yesterday and immediately subscribed. Looking forward to future videos!


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Thanks for doing this. Delete the battery box.
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I have considered this install, so I'm looking forward to your install and review.
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Me 2. In my ‘71 it looks as I’ll have to upgrade the alternator and wiring for this unit. 90amps min I believe. I wonder if there is enough room to mount the fan in front of the left front wheel. Even with a battery box there. I’d hate to cut mine out. Right after I put new ones in there.
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Subscribed to your channel and eager to see more!
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Good stuff Micheal! Subscribed!
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This thread is exactly what I was hoping for!

Thanks, Michael, subíd here and on YouTube.
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Thanks guys!

I have to finish some maintenance on my Mini this AM, then Iím digging in!


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These are the stills I took while I was working, but I go into a lot more detail on the videos on my YouTube channel. http://rennch.com/YouTube

EDIT: Video is live now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97U7fhvTEuI&feature=youtu.be

Ok, let’s begin.

For day one of the install, I wanted to get a rough idea of where the components would go, and see if any fabrication was necessary. My original plan was to mount the condenser and fan upfront, because I thought I had enough room, despite the battery box, because I have RSR flares.

However, that was a “no go“. So, I decided to mount the condenser sideways in front of the left rear wheel. It tucks in there quite nicely.



I will need to fabricate a bracket to mount the bottom tab. I don’t have a rivnut tool, so I will pick one up tomorrow morning and permanently install the fan and condenser.

After sorting that out, I moved my attention to inside the car, Where the power button and vent need to be installed. As others have done, I picked up a circular vent meant for a Ford F150, that fits perfectly into the clock hole.

For the power button, I removed a switch installed 40 years ago for a set of fog lights I did not have anymore. That left a 1/2” hole. I used a step drill bit to bore it out to 3/4 of an inch. With that, the power button slid right in and was easily tightened down on the backside.





As for the vent, I’m not entirely happy with how it mounts. I’m going to look into how others have mounted it to figure out something I’m happy with.





Moving onto the frunk area, one of my goals was to really clean up the entire area so that everything looks like a really clean install. This area was literally the first thing I restored when I started restoring my car in 2005, but 13 years of grime and dust and tools and scrapes have taken their toll. So, I decided to give it a thorough cleaning top to bottom, wipe it down, tape it off, and give it a coat of the same chassis and roll bar paint I’ve used everywhere else in the car. I am really pleased with the result. The pictures definitely don’t do it justice, but it looks great.

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Plans for the next session are mounting the condenser and fan, fabricating a bracket for the condenser, mounting and testing the airbox, and connecting the ducting.

Remember to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you want to see the video series of this install: http://rennch.com/YouTube
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Awesome I have a '71, same problem battery boxes are in the way so I'd like to do an install I'll be following with interest. I'm curious though, why do you need the vent in the clock hole? My understanding was that the Classic Retrofit system integrated into the front airbox and just came out the existing foot and defrost vents. Is that extra one just so you can get air directly at the driver? I was hoping to keep the interior looking more stock.
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Great job. I am in the initial stages of testing my system. I documented some of the install (thread to come). I found Jonny & Co very helpful in the few places I got stuck! I have the same vent setup for now too. Cant wait to see more!
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Awesome I have a '71, same problem battery boxes are in the way so I'd like to do an install I'll be following with interest. I'm curious though, why do you need the vent in the clock hole? My understanding was that the Classic Retrofit system integrated into the front airbox and just came out the existing foot and defrost vents. Is that extra one just so you can get air directly at the driver? I was hoping to keep the interior looking more stock.
Because nothing beats cool air directed at your face for instant effect.
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Day two: condenser and fan installed.

I mounted the fan/condenser in the left rear quarter in front of the rear wheel. I used rivnuts to secure to the body. For the rubber standoffs, I used some shock bushings I snagged from autozone.



On the bottom, I made an overly complicated bracket. Would have been much easier to secure it to the torsion tube cover.





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^ Good job Michael. A little mesh as a stone guard on the exposed side would be a smart move.
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Curious - I have Used rivnuts several times with good effect, but I did note that the aluminum pieces left me with the impression that they would take a lot of abuse. Do you feel like the weight of the condenser could be an issue possibly pulling out the rivnuts? Or is there a steel version that you used?
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Curious - I have Used rivnuts several times with good effect, but I did note that the aluminum pieces left me with the impression that they would take a lot of abuse. Do you feel like the weight of the condenser could be an issue possibly pulling out the rivnuts? Or is there a steel version that you used?


I used Alu. I donít think my harbor freight tool is capable of steel, ha ha. Iíll keep an eye on them.


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