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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 30th, 01, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
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I have a 69 convertible that came without factory air. I am going to get the Vintage Air system installed. Does anyone know if there is a center vent and if so how is it installed. If you have pics I would like to see them. I do not relish cutting up my dash unless I have to. Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 30th, 01, 02:42 PM
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You would need to cut the padded dash to install the center outlet. The metal part of the dash is the same as for an a/c car so you won't have to cut metal. Vintage air will give you a center vent to install but it looks pretty cheesy. Another way to go is to replace the dash pad with an a/c pad that is formed for the center vent and buy a repro center vent. Vintage air also sells an adapter you will need to interface to the center vent.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 2nd, 01, 08:30 PM
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All I know is that that vintage air unit is a pain in the royal a** to install!!!!!

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 3rd, 01, 04:01 PM
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I bet you think it was worth it though. I'm in the middle of installing Vintage A/C in my 69 coupe and taking my time with the job. Anything that requires removing the dash and gage panel to installing ducting strikes me as a difficult job. My advice to anyone thinking of installing the system is take your time, it will most likely take more time than you expect.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 3rd, 01, 04:07 PM
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I really don't know how the A/C works, but the heater really makes the winter morning commutes bearable (esp. in a convertible), but my car has been off the road for a while doing large projects and I haven't gotten the system charged with freon yet.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 3rd, 01, 08:19 PM
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I know that I'm having a simply wonderful time installing my Vintage a/c....not. It's a pain in the arse, but I know it will be worth it. If I were you, I would buy the dashpad for your camaro with the a/c option, and also the vent, makes everything look correct. Good luck.
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