A good how-to-book explains not just how to install, but how to understand the technology being installed. This new book, How To Air Condition Your Hot Rod, explains first; how air conditioning works, and then how to install an air conditioning unit in your hot rod or specialty vehicle.
The text begins by explaining the physics of refrigerant, the importance of humidity control and the energy balance of the air conditioning system. Even the best air conditioner can't keep up on a hot day if there's too much heat entering the car. The possible need for insulation and tinted glass are two topics that are covered in depth as part of the planning process.
The nuts and bolts part of the text explains the four different types of air conditioning in common use today, and how to select the best for a particular application. The actual installation part of the book starts with an aid to planning the layout, where to locate all the components, and how to ensure you have enough radiator capacity and air flow under the hood for proper air conditioning operation.
The hands-on chapters are broken down by the type of vehicle. Is it a street rod, muscle car or American classic? All the major types of "hot rods" are covered here, including pickup trucks. These same chapters include the step-by-step installation of four complete air conditioning units, from installation of the condenser in front of the radiator, to mounting of the evaporator behind the dashboard. Also covered is the routing of the hoses and installation of the receiver drier.
With over 400 black & white photos and 35,000 words, spread over 160 pages, How to Air Condition Your Hot Rod is the book you need to cool off that hot rod or specialty vehicle in your garage or shop.