This is documenting one of our customer's 1965 Ford Mustang, engine installation that grew to include a Vintage Air Air conditioning system. The old 289 in this Mustang had started fouling spark plugs. Over the years we upgraded this car with Edelbrock heads, manifold and Carburetor. We looked at several options for the owner. The best option we found was to have the engine rebuilt by LJ's machine shop here in Napa. This way we could keep the upgraded heads and manifold in use, and have a full warranty on the engine.
Cleaning up the engine bay and getting it ready for the return of it's engine
Fresh rebuilt 289 with Edelbrock heads and manifold. Starting to add all the other pieces to the puzzle.
The engine all dressed up ready to go back in. Note the single row pulley on the water pump. We didn't know it at the time but to have both power steering and air conditioning; you will need a custom double row pulley from Vintage Air. The pulley is not part of the conversion kit. To have power steering you will need to purchase an extra bracket from Vintage Air that moves the pump over enough to be able to fit the a/c compressor too.
Starting to move the engine over to the car for it's installation!!
One of the first Start Up attempts. Man does it sound nice!!
As in all large projects not everything goes to plan. Once we got the engine up and running; we found that the old electric fan had died. In our research we found a company called Derale Performance that has an integrated electric fan and shroud setup for the Ford Mustang radiator we had on hand. It fit's quite nicely. What's nice is that it also has an integrated Controller that gives the setup great temperature control and modern features such as after shut down run on to keep from boiling over.
Some of the parts information that were needed to complete the A/C project on the Mustang that were sometimes not to be found except by trial and error.
- Double Row Water Pump Pulley Part # 730014 (Vintage Air)
- Alternator Belt Gates 7390
- A/C Belt Gates 9520
- Derale Performance Fan and shroud Part # 16817
- Derale Performance Controller Part # 16795
More to Come...