Got parts for this?

By Jim Taylor, Editor MACS ACtion Magazine

Not too long ago a gent walked up to the Action Air sales counter at Omega Environmental Technologies in Dallas, TX and wanted a shaft seal kit for one of these.


Gary Wrench, VP for International Sales at MACS-member Omega Environmental Technologies, reports that the customer swore the compressor still pumped well and simply needed a seal kit.

When the counter staff asked the obvious question – “What’s it for?” – they may not have been expecting the answer they got: a 1957 Nash Ambassador Custom. With A/C mind you, and that was a really big deal back then.

Nash was a big name on its own before it was purchased by American Motors, a company later swallowed up by Chrysler. But regardless of the name it’s a sure bet the car’s not in the catalogs any more— that was the ultimate problem.

Gary tells us, “Unfortunately, we could not come up with a shaft seal kit for it. I spoke with MACS member Old Air Products in Ft. Worth who has a lot of replacement parts for older A/C systems. But they did not have the seal kit for this one. The customer said he is going to clean the compressor up and put it in his showroom.”
So, maybe we have no ending to the story yet as the customer has not yet decided to put a conversion bracket on the engine to accommodate a newer style Sanden or Seltec compressor.”

Not the perfect outcome, but understandable. We say: bless the old cars and the people that keep them running.

  ’57 Nash Ambassador: an example of the breed, but not the car in question.


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When having your mobile A/C system professionally serviced, insist on proper repair procedures and quality replacement parts. Insist on recovery and recycling so that refrigerant can be reused and not released into the atmosphere.

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The 33rd annual Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Training Conference and Trade Show, Be the Best of the Best will take place February 7-9, 2013 at the Caribe Royale, Orlando, FL.


About macsworldwide

Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Founded in 1981, MACS is the leading non-profit trade association for the mobile air conditioning, heating and engine cooling system segment of the automotive aftermarket. Since 1991, MACS has assisted more than 600,000 technicians to comply with the 1990 U.S. EPA Clean Air Act requirements for certification in refrigerant recovery and recycling to protect the environment. The Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide’s mission is clear and focused--as the recognized global authority on mobile air conditioning and heat transfer industry issues.
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