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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 10th, 00, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
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I am installing Vintage Air aftermarket A/C in my 68 Camaro which was an original A/C car and have a question about the routing of the heater hoses from the box through the firewall. How do the heater hoses make a 90 degree turn through the firewall?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 10th, 00, 10:08 AM
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First - I highly recommend utilizing the VA tech staff. They were pretty helpful when I installed mine and no one knows the systems better.

Second - you must have the unit turned. I'm not suggesting you're a moron but the underdash assembly is a confusing looking thing and it would be easy to get the wrong side up. Double check the illustrations. Part of the problem I had was that it didn't want to fit under the edge of the dash when it was oriented correctly.

On mine ('69 factory air car) the hose connections point straight at the firewall and pass thru the VA supplied filler plate into the hoses.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 10th, 00, 04:33 PM
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My 68 with original air has the hoses passing straight through the firewall. I took all of the original air stuff out (like a MORON) so I will have to get a new systenm myself. Let me know if you have any luck. I looking at Classic Camaro's A/C system and I can't decide which one I want.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 11th, 00, 02:25 PM
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I am currently working on the final stages of the VA unit install in my car. It has been pretty straightforward for the most part. The hoses should line up correctly through the supplied plate as stated by Rocky mtn. The only thing I could see being a problem is mismatching the template to cut the hole for the VA hose plate in the firewall. I'm not sure if there are different ways of getting the hoses run if the engine is big block or small. Other than this, call VA.

Make sure the hoses you were sent have 90 degree elbows for the ends that connect to the under dash unit. they should match up right through the holes in the firewall.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 11th, 00, 02:53 PM
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Did the VA kit put the evaporator under the dash or in the original location? If it is under the hood, did they supply the "suitcase" (the black housing under the hood for the evap) also? How about under dash routing? How about the heater core? Sorry to bombard you with so many ?'s but I would rather hear it from a someone who has done the install rather than a salesman.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 11th, 00, 03:30 PM
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The vintage Air kit puts the entire evaporator assembly in the car under the dash area. They even supply a new glove box since the AC unit takes up a little too much room to use the stock cardboard glove box.
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