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Keep the A/C, or pitch it?
I have ac in mine and it works, its nice to have when you get tired of the heat. Especially south florida summers. Also when it rains in the summer it makes the car driveable. What would you do in the rain in a convertible? If you crack the window to get ventilation all the water runs into your pants since their are no rain gutters on the canvas top.

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1972 Mustang Convertible 351C 4V
1966 Ford Galaxie 7 litre-4speed

I'm of two minds here.

On one hand, I have a Jeep CJ-7 that came with factory air and a hard top. I'm on the firm belief that Jeeps have soft tops for sudden inclement weather, and hard tops for colder climates and/or times of the year. If I'm driving the Jeep without the hard top and doors, then the soft top is laid down. Why would I need factory air? When the top's on, it's too cold for A/C, and otherwise... well... that's why you have a Jeep with a removable roof and doors.

On the other hand, my Mach 1 didn't come with A/C, and I will be installing a Classic Auto Air system when the time is right (i.e. car is running). It's hot as a bear in West Texas, and A/C is a must 10 months out of the year. With the plans I have for my engine, the parasitic drag of the A/C compressor when it's running won't be an issue.

I'd say keep it on and make sure it works. When the A/C is off, it's just another pulley free-wheeling with hardly any drag whatsoever.


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Thanks for the great advice, experiences, and food for thought, everyone. That's why this forum is so great.

I'm gonna see if it works, and then go from there.

Thanks for the pic, Dearborn! That's exactly how my engine is set up right now, and I really like your treatment. I'm pretty sure I'll keep the a/c, because it doesn't look bad at all.



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Project started 8-7-10
Completed: All new suspension, rebuilt 351C H Code bored .030 over with mild cam and intake, new 3.50 TracLok, custom exhaust system
Current "mini-project": interior upgrade Undecided
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