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factory center a/c vent 1967 Camaro w/Vintage Air?

I just ordered a Vintage Air kit and I have question for those of you that have vintage air that have installed the center vent. How did you do it? I thought the vent would be assembled but the vent just slides into two slots in the housing and there is nothing to keep it there.




The adapter that came with the kit has no spacers or shims to keep it place. I got my 67 Camaro assembly manual out and it found a diagram of a factory air assembly and it mentioned using spacers.



I guess I'm going to have to fabricate some?

1967 Camaro SS: 406 sbc, 522hp/514 ft lbs, Doug's 1 3/4" headers, M20, posi, 3.73's, vintage air gen IV, IROC steering box, Comp Eng. weld-in sfc's & traction bars, chrome US Mags

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Re: factory center a/c vent 1967 Camaro w/Vintage Air?

Pretty sure that #4 part is also needed. I have not installed mine yet so I can't say for sure. One thing I can say is the after getting vintage air (older cable system) thier engineering is not that great, and I thought the instructioned sucked. which leads me to belive what they sold for this set up to work might not be up to par and has crapy instructions.

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I got so frustrated I just centered it an used epoxy to hold it in the full open position. The felt spacers drove me nuts.

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Re: factory center a/c vent 1967 Camaro w/Vintage Air?

If you buy/obtain a new center AC vent, they don't come with the felt spacers that provide tension to keep the vent pointed where you want it.

If you have/had factory AC, you can reuse your old felts by transferring them to the new vent. There're also 2 strips of adhesive backed foam vent sealant at the top and bottom of the vent between the long axis of the bezel, (item 5 in the diagram) and the vent.

If your old felts are no longer serviceable (like mine were), just get some felt furniture foot pads and make your own. They end up just being little rectangular blocks behind the axle of the bezel.

The seals are another matter.
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Re: factory center a/c vent 1967 Camaro w/Vintage Air?

i cut small pieces of 1/4" rubber and stuck them behind the trunions one on each side works fine

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Re: factory center a/c vent 1967 Camaro w/Vintage Air?

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Pretty sure that #4 part is also needed. I have not installed mine yet so I can't say for sure. One thing I can say is the after getting vintage air (older cable system) thier engineering is not that great, and I thought the instructioned sucked. which leads me to belive what they sold for this set up to work might not be up to par and has crapy instructions.

Thanks for the info. I agree, the instructions aren't great. I've had to bend the hard metal heater lines to get them remotely close to working, the bolt holes in the outlet plate on the firewall had to be slotted because the 4 hoses would never go to the position they were supposed to, the holes weren't drilled correctly in the bracket that supports the evaporator box, so I had to modify it, no spacers were included for the a/c vent, I had to modify the compressor bracket to get the compressor to line up correctly with factory pulleys and the list goes on and on. This should be a direct bolt-in kit for the price. The heater lines in the kit were designed for a 55-56 chevorlet, and when I asked about it, they told me that, "we just try to make as much stuff work from a previously designed kit so that it keeps cost down." I would happily pay more for a direct fit bolt-in kit.

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Re: factory center a/c vent 1967 Camaro w/Vintage Air?

Mines a '69 and the same thing.. The Vintage Air supplied vent is crap. I modified part of an A/C housing that accomodates the OE (repro) vent and the Vintage Air housing so it would fit.

http://www.usmuscle.com.au/Forum/sho...&postcount=294

I'm surprised at what they supply is so lame in terms of look, fit and function, as you can't switch off the V-A vent.
The fact that mine is RHD makes no difference.

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