NEW for the ROAD (Sep, 1954)

The Hot Rod was actually known as Green Monster #2.  Art Arfons eventually built the J79 jet engine powered Green Monster #5.

NEW for the ROAD

ROAD BUG designed by famed German Willy Messerschmidt, has 2-cylinder. 9-hp engine. 55 mph top speed, reported 100-mpg gas consumption. Car weighs 385 lbs., costs $550. Top lifts for entry.

AIR CONDITIONER straddles front floor hump on adjustable legs. Blower and pump are powered by pulley power take-off from fan belt, controlled by dashboard switch. Idler Prod.. SL Louis. Mo.

NOVEL AUTO of Slim Corner. Los Angeles. Calif, has no brakes, clutch, transmission. His rear-end unit would replace standard rear axles. Vane-type hydraulic pump drives rear-wheel impellers.

MONSTER HOT ROD built by Arthur. Walter and Dale Arfon of Akron. Ohio, is 20-feet long, has 1,450-hp World War II lighter-plane engine. Two-ton speedster did 132 mph in a recent trial.

7 comments
  1. Toronto says: April 7, 20127:17 pm

    Are they saying that the air conditioner comes with it’s own electric generator?

  2. Scrivener666 says: April 8, 20121:27 am

    The Messerschmitt KR175 was designed by Fritz Fend, not Willy Messerschmitt and had only one cylinder, not two. The petrol consumption was reported as 125 mpg and the top speed was 50mph.

  3. PoppyJoe says: April 9, 20128:09 am

    My brother-in-law had one of those aftermarket a/c units installed in his car in the late 1950′s. He lived in Texas and swore it was a necessity, but we northerners simply thought it was an expensive way to show-off. He said it took a day to have it installed because they had to fashion a mount for the compressor and put in a new, longer v-belt on the engine to power the unit, then run the lines and install the unit in the car’s interior.

  4. DrewE says: April 9, 20128:33 am

    @Toronto — no electrical generator involved. A “power take-off’ is just any means for running a (mechanical) accessory from the engine, whether it be a tractor implement or a hydraulic pump for a truck’s dump body. This sounds essentially the same as a modern car air conditioner’s configuration.

    The hot rod must have been limited by handling problems; there’s certainly enough raw power there to get it quite a bit faster, I’d think, even given the somewhat heavy chassis and questionable aerodynamics.

  5. Toronto says: April 9, 20121:00 pm

    Yes, I understand how the compressor would make the most sense as a mechanical item, but the blower?

  6. DrewE says: April 10, 20121:43 pm

    Hmmm…I’d have to guess that either (a) there’s a shaft of some sort for the blower (unlikely); (b) the blower is in the underhood bit and connected with a duct; (c) there’s a separate generator, as you suggested, or something equivalent; or, most likely, (d) the blurb is just plain wrong, and the blower runs off the normal car electrical system. I guess they might also have some sort of a pneumatic motor running off the refrigerant as their expansion valve, though that sounds very far-fetched even though it would be an awesomely nifty trick to pull off.

  7. DrewE says: April 11, 20125:54 am

    I suspect, for the blower, it’s an error in the description and the blower is powered by the normal car electrical system. The other alternatives just don’t make much sense–a shaft of some sort reaching into the passenger compartment, a duct from the underhood unit, or an extraneous generator (or hydraulic pump or whatever) to power it.

    Thinking about it, perhaps one could theoretically have some sort of an expansion valve and pneumatic motor combination to power the fan. That would be fiendishly clever if it worked, but I suspect it’s impractical.

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