Q: Adding After Market AC Unit
My 1968 did not come with AC and now that I live where it hits 110 easy in the summer, welllllll. How hard is it to add non stock AC and I won’t even ask about the money, HA HA Thanks for your thoughts
A: Easy… $1000 and a weekends worth of work. Vintage Air. I bought their kit for my 1968 Camaro.
A: A couple of advantages to using this product is that their systems is much more compact compared to the stock system, is R134 compatible, and probably more efficient than the original system as well. Ask any factory A/C car owners about the pain and agony of performing a spark plug change. The Vintage Air product should make this much easier since most of the system is hidden inside the car.
In a recent edition of Classic Car Garage on Speedvision, the host talked to an air conditioning pro who often installed Vintage Air systems in hot rods. Both the technician and Vintage Air’s own documentation suggested installation by an A/C pro due to the complexity and the risks of accidentally venting the refrigerant to the atmosphere.
But I would think that the Vintage Air system for your car should be fairly straight forward, custom made for that car and dash, and will include all the necessary brackets and hoses. I feel fairly competent mechanically so I’d probably install the system if it were my car, then leave the final charging and testing up to a pro.
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