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Old 07-07-2005
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Window Unit AC inside tool box?

My 93 ranger has a fubarred AC and the quotes for total rebuild are 500-600$ which sucks, cause the trucks only worth 2k. I have a 600 watt power inverter and an old alloy toolbox. With some hillybilly engineering maybe a small widow ac unit could be locked in the tool box vented through the top and through sliding back glass. I have a rotozip so I can cut as many holes in the toolbox as need. The small ac's run about a hundred bucks with a remote. I'll have to check their wattage etc but thought this might be possible. the duct would attach slimlined to tinted plexiglass over the sliding window space so the window can be locked up when ole Betsy is parked. possible, maybe??
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no dont jummy rig crap like that go to a junk yard and pick up the stuff you need to get the A/c to work and go to town...
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Who really needs AC. Just tear out the compressor and give that horsepower back to your motor. The only reason I have AC is because it came on my used truck and works. If mine quits I wouldn't get it repaired. Your idea could probably be done just not sure if itz really gonna be worth the work. And I don't think your inverter is gonna be big enough.
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youre power inverter is probably not powerful enough to run the compressor in the unit. either live with it without the AC or get it fixed.
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my A/C works just fine and I dont use it...
We have been having 100 degree days here lately..
Just deal with it! lol ....I do only cause I am use to it..Im in the heat all day..
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points noted,
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I saw somone do that on cardomain I will see if I can find it

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Who really needs AC.
You need AC down here 11 months out of the year. If I lived farther north I wouldnt need ac
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You would need at least a 1200watt continuous inverter possibly higher..
the compressor REALLY pulls when it starts up.

By the time you got the 0gauge wiring.. an inverter big enough etc..
you could probably get all the parts to do it right from a wrecked truck.
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Who really needs AC.
I do it hot down here...
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Thanks for the link

much appreciated
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ha, I like the duct work....
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That would be a cold *** truck! I mean those things are usually the really cheap ones, but none the less thier made to cool a small room, not the tiny cab of a ranger...

And like others said you will need a very heavy duty inverter to run a a/c a/c unit (lol)
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You will need an inverter with a 2000 watt surge and 1500 watt continuious run even with a just a little 5000 BTU unit!
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What is wrong with the a/c you have besides the fact that it doesn't work? Need more input!
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I use AC.... Sheesh, 70 degrees is hot to you guys too right?

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That was a good link on the a/c install.

Pep boys add this week showed 2 different a/c units. I am gonna go buy there and look at them. I assume thety were 12 volt models, but they are designed as stand alone units. The price was $329 so there would be no $$ advantage to doing it over getting the engine mounted one repaired.
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Found my new ac, friggin awesome

Well, until i win the lottery and feel like pimpin my ranger with mucho dinero, i'm going with the Kooleraire 12 volt ac doomaflotchie. The most $ i may spend on this ole truck is for a set of 32,11,50's The Kooleraire thing fits on top or just inside of a 25 quart cooler and fans hot air over ice and cold beers to air condition the environment be it my truck cab, my honda at the drive-in theater, or in a tent. i'm still going to try to jerry rig with duct work in my toolbox, cause i may actually have a passenger in my truck, doubt it but possible!! I don't want the beers in the truck cab anyway cause i'd drink too much!!!! what a cool invention
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Notice nobody from Texas says that you really don't need A/C...

Trust me, I drove to work in a mustang with no A/C for about 3 years. The damn thing would overheat too, so I almost always had the heater on. As long as you're moving it's tolerable, but stoplights break out a sweat.
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Riding a motorcycle is like that. I have a black (fortunately textile) riding jacket, long pants, boots, and a full faced helmet. Just like you said, when moving everything's just fine.. but stop lights royally suck..
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There's a sucker born every minute !!!!!!!!

At least I got a few laughs with a buddy of mine over this Kooleraire, 12 volt terd. Went and paid forty bucks for this fan thing that sits on top of the ice filled cooler. It totally sucks and it's going back tomorrow. I ran the thing in my cab for one hour and it did not chill squat. The ads of course promised all this cool stuff it could air condition but it would be great for a dollhouse. Now, I'm just going to get r done and have the AC fixed for like 300 bucks, lifes a biatch,
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whats wrong with the AC? besides it dont work...
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My A/C doesnt work, i need it to be charged, now that i have all the lines i need.
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Changed my mind Again............

Ok, my first problem was trying to retrofit my ac to 134a back in 02 one evening without a gauge and a giant cloud of freon blew out from somewhere. Not too bright but i wanted to try to fix it myself. Sh*t happens!! Second problem, was trusting " a good ole Boy wannabe AC mechanic" to fix it. He did and it lasted a week and then he said oh well. 150 bucks down the hole, i'm still pissed at him, but he is just clueless like me, how ironic. Next, i took it to an "AC" only shop for a quote., They gave me a $600 hundred dollar quote and i declined. Unfortunatley i could not get my truck cause i was at work. Go to pick it up later and there is big gash on the drivers side door, but said nothing cause i did not notice it till i got home, is it ever too late for revenge?? Now, i went to wal-mart today to recharge it and its just hopeless. So, the ($100) window unit AC like "rattlecan" used could be reused when the truck dies or wrecks, etc.. The power inverter is only $120 on ebay and it could be reused for other stuff or resold. Sure, I would love to fix my factory AC, but unlike a lot of people here who are born mechanics or have friends/relatives that can rebuild a motor etc, i'm a lonewolf with no mechanical friends/connections . A good honest mechanic is hard to find. So it's 220 bucks or 500-600 plus tax I don't give a flyin crap about cuttin holes in the truck or toolbox, so i'll do more research on it
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