Wagons are hot right now. Unfortunately that's exactly what this Ford Galaxie wagon was—HOT! The 352 FE-powered Country Sedan was a non A/C-equipped car from the factory, and despite its cool lowered stance, rolling all four windows down to stay cool wasn't cutting it.
Kugel Komponents may be known for their independent front and rear suspensions and pedal assemblies, but they build cars too, and are a Vintage Air dealer, which is where we took the wagon, as they started the installation of a Vintage Air Mark IV underdash system.
The Mark IV is perfect for vehicles that don't have room behind the dash for an evaporator, have a heater, and just need the addition of A/C, or when the owner wants the timeless look of chrome and a steel case. The Mark IV is an exact reproduction—using the original tooling—of the most popular underdash air conditioner ever made.
Not only is the unit compact (15 1/2 inches wide, 13 1/2 inches deep, 5 3/4 inches high), but installation is simple. Even the underhood installation was made simple with Vintage Air's dedicated FE engine compressor bracket. Once we received the correct one that is. (We, ahem, ordered the wrong brackets at first, but we never claimed to be perfect!)
It would have been simpler too if we'd had the correct pulleys. The Vintage Air compressor bracket is designed to use a two-groove water pump pulley (PN C8AE-8509-B) and three-groove crank pulley (PN D3TE-6312-AB). We had a two groove crank pulley and a single groove water pump pulley. We opted to keep our pulleys, align the compressor with the forward (unused) groove on the crank pulley, and incorporate an idler pulley, using an aftermarket Mustang idler from NAPA. Hey, even when a kit is a simple bolt-in, we like to do a little fabrication or it wouldn't be so much fun!