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#03724 Restoration starts

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  1. swift53

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    A dear friend, once told me about the business I am in:

    " there are 100 lessons to learn about this kind of business,
    the only issue is that it requires one year for each one"

    Regards, Alberto
     
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    #303 swift53, Mar 20, 2021
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    Installed the bottom insulation, temporary aluminum AC tape, while glue drying.
    Also did a dry run of the A/C system to compare with my friend that has the complete
    and modern system.
    No 50 year old components again!

    We are also producing the 3 hole diffuser for the dashboard, as the plastic one
    is rather fragile compared to the dash (fibreglass).

    Now that we have the upper motor part made in fibreglasson top of evap., it is superstrong and the weak link now
    is the other box that carries the evaporator will be remade the same fashion. Certainly don't want
    the drain to crack and ...

    Regards, Alberto

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    Knew I had photos of original vac u-form diffuser...somewhat Goldberg, and, still managed to use screws here too,
    that naturally rust and fall apart. If paper hoses fall apart, need to replace and if not removed with complete dash,
    there is risk of massive damage if the 4 posts break.

    Would not like to remove it from dash if it ever broke, and those standoffs are only to look and don't touch
    with four 1.5 mm screws, may as well have done a slightly stronger assembly, but...another lovely piece of kit from Dinoland. :)

    This ought to have been made of fibreglasss as the rest, truly a weak link in the whole AC system, truly amazing how it all fit in the there.
    Just like the Evap. box and snail motor drum on top.
    I like the foam strip detail, so not to lose efficiency, right...truly efficient system.
    and yes I know, Dino was not supposed to last, 50 years, what?

    Knew the local Ambassador from Italy, and he had a 4 door 'bulletproof' Alfetta sedan with AC.
    It was truly sad how sauna like it was, specially when riding with him, suit and tie, of course sitting in the back,
    and the chauffeur got all the air, by the time it got to the rear seat, there was none left!

    There is a manufacturer name somewhere, will look it up, and...send him a nasty note.

    Regards, Alberto
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    Well, we finally came up with a lovely substitute for the Disneyland diffuser...
    Here are the first two components. Rock solid. Fitting one into the other was a bit of a hassle,
    now figured out that a router with a suitable plywood template, will make fitting much easier.
    And, a solid fastening system to hold the 2 pieces together.

    Next, the Evap. box, another laughable piece of kit , albeit very well made, but with the wrong
    material.

    Then, we will have a bulletproof A/C system, when fitted with the very modern set up our friend has created.

    Regards, Alberto

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    Alberto, I surely hope you've had foresight to keep somewhat accurate and ongoing tabulation of all the hours of fabrication and repair efforts involved/required with this project, excluding of course any and all "extra" items you've produced in the process, and if for nothing else than to just offer some insight to those contemplating complete or major restoration projects of this extent in the future.
     
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