Thanks for the comments. It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so go ahead and borrow, modify, improve, etc. my ideas, and of course post what you have done in the DIY forum.Excellent build and write-up!
Going to have to borrow some of the ideas...
I think in practice it is a non-issue. Not long ago I did a long highway climb in hot weather with a full load, with the AC running, and the temp gauge didn't budge at all from its normal position. In addition, when you look at the AC condenser placement in front of the radiator:Probably won't be an issue but those mesh grill guards can significantly reduce the airflow through the radiator, especially could be a problem with lots of mountain driving.
Thanks so much for the kind and supportive words. I was always interested in how things worked when I was a child, and I liked to try to build things and work on my own cars as I grew up. Initially the results were pretty sloppy, rushed and not very satisfactory. But I kept trying and learning, and buying a house in 1980 really gave me a lot of practice with carpentry, woodworking, electrical, etc. The house was a good buy, but it had been rented for the previous 15 years, and had not been maintained. I got a lot of practice at fixing and building things, and I've been interested for years in building a small camper.As a carpenter with 20+ years experience, a shade tree mechanic and all around jack of all trades... I find this post absolutely stupefying on every level. The build quality, the craftsmanship, attention to detail, the limitless "know how" and even the incredibly detailed documentation of every step literally made my mouth fall open as I scrolled thru the countless pictures uploaded here. I am officially blown away by this project. My hat is off to you good sir. Incredible accomplishment!