Ok guys, sorry I haven't posted my tips until now...we had a big storm in the area a few nights ago and it fried the network controllers on campus here, so I haven't had internet access until today.
Ok, like it's been said before, you have to remove the blower motor and heater duct in the engine compartment when installing the Vintage Air system. The directions that come with the system tell you that you have to remove the passenger fender in order to remove the heater duct and blower motor. In a factory non-A/C car you can manage to remove these parts without removing the fender, but on a factory A/C car, you're going to have to remove the fender because there isn't going to be enough room. Ok, here's what I did to remove the duct and blower motor from my car:
1) I removed the bolts that attach the inner fender to the outer fender around the wheelwell opening, the two bolts that attach the inner fender to the outer fender in the top of the wheelwell, and the three bolts that attach the inner fender to the support bracket that bolts to the body at the back of the inner fender. I also removed the two bolts that attach the outer fender to the body behind the wheelwell (accessed from under the car.
2) After removal of these bolts, I pulled out the bottom of the fender enough so that I could get the inner fender free of the outer fender (I used a block of wood wedged between the outer fender and the body to keep the fender away from the body). This allowed me some clearance so that I could push down on the back of the inner fender inside the engine compartment to gain some more clearance at the back of the fender.
3) I then used assorted wrenches, nut drivers, sockets with U-joints, etc to get the small screws out that hold the blower motor to the duct up inside the fender. I then pulled the motor out of the duct and turned it around inside the fender so that the fan is facing the engine compartment. There isn't enough clearance to get the motor/fan assembly out of the fender, so you have to remove the plastic fan blade from the motor. You can then remove the fan and then the motor from inside the engine comparment.
4) With the fan and motor removed, you now have enough clearance to get to the one heater duct bolt in the fender cavity. After removing all of the heater duct nuts and bolts, you can remove the heater duct....you'll have to move it all around in order to get it out of the fender cavity. It takes a bit of force, but you can get it it without messing anything up.
5) Then just replace all of the bolts you removed from the fender and inner fender.
This way is much easier than removing the fender in my opinion. You don't have to remove the hood and get it lined back up, and you don't have to realign the difficult fender alignment points. Took me probably an hour to get the motor and duct out and get everything bolted back up. It's not hard...the hardest part was getting the blower motor fan off of the motor...it just didn't want to budge, and you are at a wierd angle to remove it. Took me a little while, but I finally got it off.
I did this on a 67...68s should be the same. I don't know if this will be possible on a 69 since the outer and inner fenders are shaped a little bit differently. I say give it a shot, and if you can't get the parts out, you can always remove the fender.
ramcda, the VA unit will make your a/c vacuum controlled vents inoperable, since the unit does not take in air from outside the car...it only utilizes interior recirculation.
dnult, I would buy the vents from VA. If you buy them from someone else, you'll have to spend more money to buy the adapters from VA and then modify the vents yourself...save yourself the trouble and just get the vents from VA when you order the system. They are very nice looking vents...very high quality.
Also, I highly recommend the $50 optional polished compressor. Looks very cool in the engine compartment.
The Club - GM Muscle Cars of the Carolinas
-1967 Camaro SS350 clone - 350/TH-350 with shift kit, CompCams XE268H, Dynomax Jet-Hot headers, Flowmaster American Thunder exhaust, Vintage Air
-2002 Impala LS - Medium Bronzemist Metallic, every option except engine block heater
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[This message has been edited by jrt67ss350 (edited 05-11-2002).]