What was the 1st year for A/C in a Z28? - Team Camaro Tech
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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Sep 26th, 01, 09:06 AM Thread Starter
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I thought for sure that A/C was not available in the Camaro Z28 until around 1973 or so.. The reason that I ask is: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/aw-cg...item=595870750

This car shows to have A/C. Perhaps the owner added it? Or is something not quite right here? I was also concerned about this statement in the description:
The seller said you will not be able to pick the car.
What does that mean? I will wait/watch for replies from some of the sharpest minds on the net.. Have a great day!

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old Sep 26th, 01, 09:21 AM
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Sorry, link did not work for me. No A/C in a first gen Z period. If the car is a first gen on the link, can you say clone

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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old Sep 26th, 01, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry, car shows to be a 1970.. let me try that link one more time..

see if that works. If not, do a search for item number: 595870750.
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old Sep 26th, 01, 11:01 AM
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As the add says.. the previous owner pulled an A/C from a 73 and put it in the 70.
Got me as far as "owner said you can't pick the car"??
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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old Sep 26th, 01, 12:05 PM
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What is that supposed to mean?

"The seller said you will not be able to pick the car"

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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old Sep 26th, 01, 02:27 PM
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Find anything wrong!! "Nit Pick" Would be my guess!!
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old Sep 27th, 01, 06:35 AM
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The statement that none of the 1st Gen Z28s had A/C is true. I "think" in 1970, that a Z28 could have had A/C. Go to our brother site for 2nd Gens and check it out.

Some might not like the fact that it has a Tremec in it from the numbers perspective. The flip side is you get overdrive. WEEEEE!!!

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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old Sep 27th, 01, 06:39 AM
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I think it was '73 because '73 was the first year the Z didn't have solid lifters.

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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old Sep 27th, 01, 06:43 AM
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All my info claims that 1973 was the first year that it was offered in a Z28, plus I own a 73 Z28 that had A/C at one point in time.
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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old Sep 27th, 01, 07:19 AM
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I don't care for all the "the owner said"'s
It's kinda like don't call us when you find something wrong!
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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old Sep 27th, 01, 10:56 AM
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Yup, 1973 is the 1st year Air was available in ANY Z28, due to the non-solid lifters among other things. Plus, a 4 speed Z28 with air forced the wide ratio M20 as opposed to the M21 close ratio trans.

Finally, you can't (easily) swap A/C from an ac car to a non-ac car. Unless you punch open the firewall and substatially change the under dash ducting, venting, wiring, the dash itself.....

Sounds like the dude got caught on the A/C issue already. I'll bet the car also has the "rare" trim tag that doesn't say Z28 on it - like (almost) all the real ones.

That's tough - it could be legit (because the original engine is apparently still there).

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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old Sep 28th, 01, 07:11 AM
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Just curious, what would solid lifters have to do with not having A/C. If it were rpm related, wouldn't a different pully help out?
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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old Sep 28th, 01, 09:00 PM
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The solid lifter cams had a longer duration which means lower vacuum which means idle very poor. The AC would kill it at idle.
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