The General never kept records on that sort of thing... Later, DaveSorry Chas but no one has the answer to that question.
I have seen a 55 Nomad with dealer installed AC, it is very different from the factory installed AC.I alway thought it was a Dealer add on for 55, not factory installed until 56. Maybe I got this Idea because its not in the 55 service manual, but is in the 56 supplement.
Where did you get that 400 number? Not challenging it just curious about your source.The 55 factory air total is just over 400 across all models other than convertibles which did not have air conditioning as an option. If it was a factory fitted option, it would be on the trim tag as AC.
I have a friend who has a 55 4dr BelAir which still has it's factory A/C fitted, the 55 also had an accessory oil filter unique to the A/C if fitted, those are rare!
So your Nomad would be rarer, with A/C, that's for sure.
Where did you get that 400 number? Not challenging it just curious about your source.
My father worked for a Chevy dealer in Dallas in 55 and 56 installing AC and yes they were different from the factory units. They were FrigiKing under dash units.
Thanks for clearing that up Rick. I did not state that every dealer did that I said a dealer did. FrigiKing was the first after market AC available to my knowledge. So they very well could have been the only one installed in 55 and 56."My father worked for a Chevy dealer in Dallas in 55 and 56 installing AC and yes they were different from the factory units. They were FrigiKing under dash units."
I'm sure that information is accurate, no reason to doubt, but I'll bet not every dealer installed Frigiking units.
The 55 Nomad w/dealer AC owned by my late friend Frank Collins was definitely a Chevrolet product. The unit was completely separate from the heater, and was extremely similar to the 56 dealer installed units.In 1955 Chevrolet AC was only available from the factory.
It is not shown in the "Accessories Installation Manual" which listed all dealer installed accessories.
Any dealer installation would be aftermarket.
In 1956 and 1957 AC was available at the factory or dealership.
For 1956 two systems are very different and very similar for 1957.
Of course there were aftermarket systems for them as well.