Q: AC and Ram Air
Was the AC option available on a 1969 Ram Air?
A: for what its worth, ac was avaialble on both auto and ac cars in 1969 (not true for 1968 see below).
However, NONE of the true ram air cars ever received factory AC. (ie 1967-1968 ram air I, 1968 ram air II or 1969 ram air IV equipped cars)
now the 1969 400HO cars (dubbed ‘ram air III’ in 1969 when you also added cold air induction option) could get AC no matter what tranny you ordered…
why? well im guesing because the RA III cars, aka 400HO in 1968, were esssentially standard 400 cars (especially the auto equipped “RA III/400ho” cars). Outside of the longbranch manifolds all 400ho/ra III all cars received, they were pretty much std 400 cars (ie no mandatory 3.90s, no special 400 heads, no upgraded cam, no beefier lower end (all 2 bolt mains), etc)
note: the manual 1969 RA III s DID get the upgraded 068 cam but not much beyond that. so since RA III cars were very close to std 400 cars mechanically/performance wise PMD must have figured that it was ok to get ac for these cars.
Please though, no RA III flames! the pontiac 400 is an awesome block in *whatever flavor* it originally came in! its just that i think the ‘RAM AIR III’ monaker is a bit misleading to many espeically since its ‘numerically higher’ than RAM AIR I and II.
1968 manual tranny and ac…
ama specs show that pontiac did NOT offer ac if you ordered a manual gearbox in 1968 note however that this was NOT true in 1967 and 1969 when ac and manual birds COULD be ordered. why this is so is one of pmds minor little mysteries….
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