Q: Installing AC on a Non-AC Car
I presently own a 1967 coupe with custom black interior. I’ve been toying with the idea of installing AC (black vinyl is HOT!), but am at a bit of a dilemma……I actually collected some original AC parts -evap., condensor and all the necessary ductwork under the dash. I have the center dash panel with the heater/AC controls and the center vent as well. (Not much invested -about $150). I’ve been told that it’s an uphill attempt to get all this together and working, especially since R12 isn’t readily available anymore and a compressor and dryer/separator isn’t cheap, either.
To make a long story longer……Has anyone had any experience with an after-market AC kit like the one offered by Classic Industries? I’m interested in maintaining the original look of the dash that I bought with the center vent, but am HESITANT to cut holes for the side vents. I’d also like to use the original type heater/AC controls. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
A: I, too, am collecting original A/C components to convert my non A/C convertible to A/C. There are only a couple of cuts needed to convert to A/C but one is a biggie… The firewall. The holes in the firewall are shaped differently between the two. The other cut is for the fresh air flapper valve in the cowl area on the passenger side. Other than that, there is just a lot of plumbing.
Another project I’m working on is a 1968 (sorry guys) Camaro. I’ve ordered the Vintage Air A/C from Classic Industries. It’s cheaper than buying it directly from the factory. I’ve talked to several street-rodders who’ve installed this unit and all said it was great.
I spoke to the Vintage Air boys and they said that you cannot mix and match parts from there kits (i.e., A/C to A/C car, A/C to non-A/C car). I say this if you are planning on using the factory A/C controls with the Vintage unit on your non-A/C car. This means that the firewall block off plate that they supply will be either for a A/C car OR a non-A/C car.
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