Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Irwindale, CA USA
Wild hair idea trunk A/C system
While I've yet to upgrade my 'front' A/C, I've been thinking that if a small A/C self contained unit installed in the trunk could be made to work, that would go a long way towards having a really (actually) cool Alfetta GT.
My thought is electrically powered.
In gigem75's tunk mounted A/C unit thread there is a URL for a possible A/C unit for home made electrical cars. The suggestion is to use the innards of a (home) wall mounted A/C, then use one of 'their' A/C power inverters.
For an electric car, there is tons of 'juice' available - though most likely the A/C would lower the mileage.
I even checked out a self contained A/C system for a smallish helicopter. Very little detail, but it was using a very large electric motor to run (I gather) an automotive type compressor, etc.
The latest thought is to find a really large car fridge. See below. Okay, I'm not going to pay over $1.6K just to see if it would work...but. It is an 84 quart fridge/freezer (the latter from 40 to 0F). I'm guessing the rear of the fridge is the A/C, making it roughly 21"h x 31" w x 3-4" w. I'll add that it is either 110V AC or 12V DC @ 4.2 amps.
The 21" h would be a problem in the trunk of an Alfetta GT, but perhaps something along these lines could be found with a lower profile. If so, a basic metal shell with cooling openings, an electric motor with a squirrel cage, and vent to the interior 'might' at least blow cool (if not 'somewhat' cold) air to the rear. If in slow, heavy traffic, you could turn off the 'front' A/C and still have at least some cooling. And yes, some sort of fresh air duct would be needed.
I'm not remotely expecting this thought process will go any farther, but it still intrigues me...to some extent.