Still working on putting this XK140 back together again.
As summary, this was a rolling, but dismantled coupe that we bought without engine/trans, but which last had a Ford 302 (5.0 L), carburated, with Ford automatic trannny.
For this reason, in the interests of expediency in order to get this car back on the street (and not be a museum piece or garage queen), we decided to put a 5.0 engine and AT back in, since mounts and shifter were still in position (and clutch pedal removed, as well as all engine accessories, stock wiring, and engine-related components, AS WELL AS the radiator, were absent).
An important point, besides getting it back on the road as quickly as possible, was to install AC. This will be an aftermarket add-on heater/AC evaporator, hung somewhere in the cabin.
So, 3 questions:
Any suggestions for radiator and condenser combination? Remember, no radiator (and obviously no AC came with the car).
Has anyone tried a non-standard radiator in one of the earlier XK’s? …such as a longer and horizontal radiator, like from a VW Scirocco. This VW rad is around 28" x 13-14", compared to the original rad which was about 18" x 18". This LOOKS LIKE it could be made to fit in the nose with little to no modification to the sheet metal.
One nice thing is that a complete VW radiator-condenser unit with its factory electric fans with fitted shroud unit can be purchased. (see attached pic).
Has anyone installed an AC unit in an XK – and if so, what unit did you use, and how did you route the ductwork?
Thanks for any input, ideas, comments.