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Fulshear, TX, USA   USA
Is there anyone in the Houston vicinity (South East Texas) with an Air conditioned “C” that I could come and take look at to gather input on what you did to fit it all in.

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jltinkham Gold Member James Tinkham
Springfield, NH, USA   USA
Here are a few shots I took of "C" AC at MG2014, one put the condenser below the rad but I didn't get a pic of that one...



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69 CGT
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Fulshear, TX, USA   USA
Thanks JT... these will help. ��

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Coastal, SC, USA   USA
1962 MG MGA MkII
1968 MG MGC
1969 MG MGC
1969 MG MGC GT    & more
Geoff
There are also more threads and pictures if you search for MGC air conditioning.
Might give you more ideas and info. I dont think anyone makes a MGC dedicated kit there so there are various ways people have fitted AC.
Not an answer to your question but maybe some help.
Ron



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jltinkham Gold Member James Tinkham
Springfield, NH, USA   USA
I believe Ron is correct that there is no dedicated kit. I've done superficial searches and if I'd found any I'd have put one on after the drives to MG2014 & MG2016. Exhaust wrapping has helped some but those long hot drives were tough.



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C8407 Silver Member Craig Cummings
Williamsburg, VA, USA   USA
I fitted an MGB kit from Retro air into my C GT with a few mods, we love it,


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jltinkham Gold Member James Tinkham
Springfield, NH, USA   USA
Craig, Aren't #s 345 & 346 of my pics your car??



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C8407 Silver Member Craig Cummings
Williamsburg, VA, USA   USA
Yes 345 & 346 are my car.

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PFT-000 Bruce Ibbotson
Brisbane, Australia   AUS
1968 MG MGC GT "The Truck"
1968 MG MGC GT "The Truck"
Craig,

Your cabin looks marvelous, a beautiful conversion, congratulations.

Down here the condensers in AC MGB's are mounted under the radiator with an opening in the front valence to feed air though the condenser.
I my GT I have a pair of 250mm (10"winking smiley square condensers mounted under the headlight bowls, these work really well but they are no longer available down here so the single condenser below the radiator is used.

The engine bay in the C-GT gets too hot as it is so adding the heat from a condenser is not wise.

Bruce.


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kobym Koby Millo
Tel-Aviv, Tel-Aviv, Israel   ISR
1967 Jaguar 420
1969 MG MGC
Hi Geoff,

Attached 2 articles that were written on the subject of MGC airconditioning by Ron Neal and Bruce Ibbotson, who both commented earlier on this thread.
Hope you'll find them usefull.

All rights reserved to Ron & Bruce of course winking smiley

Regards,

Koby


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Fulshear, TX, USA   USA
Thanks to all for the information.

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Fulshear, TX, USA   USA
Bruce, I have read with interest your account of PFT-100. Your ownership story is truly “grand”.... thank you for sending me these photos. It’s much appreciated. I am going to outline the restoration project covering my MGC and the reasons behind it! (Including 2 small fires) in more detail. I will be air conditioning this car, as we live in the “Swamp” of South Texas, and despite my trying, I am struggling persuade my Brisbane born wife to move to a colder location, when she eventually retires, and the south east Texas summer... (April to November) can be brutally humid and hot.


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PFT-000 Bruce Ibbotson
Brisbane, Australia   AUS
1968 MG MGC GT "The Truck"
1968 MG MGC GT "The Truck"
Geoff,

Make sure you insulate the cabin carefully otherwise the AC will be fighting the heat from the engine, exhaust and transmission.
I fitted insulation inside (i.e. under) the tunnel as well as over it, all the floor above the exhaust etc. This was a bloody long boring job but the result in our Sub Tropical climate justifies the effort. This long & hot Summer has had temperatures over 30 C for 46 days continuously, up to 36 C on some days.

The chrome ring around the gear lever is just warm not roasting hot as in the factory car. I tinted the windows with 3M 'Black Chrome' 35% which is essential to reduce heat through the glass.

The air conditioned & insulated C-GT is a totally different car to live with in hot climates for older drivers, I rate the 3 most important things the I have done to my car since retirement as:
Air Conditioning.
Fitting Mazda MX5 (Miata) NB series seats. These are so comfortable for our old backs unlike the factory seats of the 60's Drive the car all day and get out as if it was a drive around the block..
Adding EZ electric power steering. I have mine set to maximum assistance to be as similar as possible to my M235i Coupe with electric power steering. 2 good cars in the garage which are OK for an 82 year old.

The engine and suspension mods. improve the car beyond belief but as we drive in normal traffic most of the time at our low legal speeds, being comfortable beats every other modification now.

Bruce.

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Fulshear, TX, USA   USA
Bruce thank you for the input... I will certainly insulate the Car.... I also have NB miata seats that I test fitted the other day, also I am getting rid of the “Abingdon Pillow” dash but still test fitting the Andy Jennings dash I bought. Picture shows the seats and dash during test fitting. I am trying to fit all the items before I send the car to paint. The black finish is an EDP coating done after it was stripped and dipped.


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PFT-000 Bruce Ibbotson
Brisbane, Australia   AUS
1968 MG MGC GT "The Truck"
1968 MG MGC GT "The Truck"
Geoff,

You will be overjoyed with those NB Series seats, they make such a difference, no more being thrown about like a 'Golliwog' as someone described what I looked like driving around Lakeside racing circuit on a driver training day.
I tried to explain that all I could do was try to brace my knee on the tunnel and the other one on the door and hold the steering wheel as the factory seats were shapeless with no support at all.

Here are a few more photos for you, the throttle idle compensater is a vacuum motor operated by a vacuum switch which comes on with the compressor and this lifts the front throttle shaft a few thou to maintain a constant idle speed, very necessary in our hot climate. In the centre console I added a toggle switch wired into the compressor wire to switch off the compressor in Winter but allow the fan to run providing cabin air circulation.

Bruce.


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