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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 27th, 11, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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Question Donor cars for a factory AC?

Just got my 68 RS/SS and it has most of its original everything - but the entire factory A/C system is missing from the firewall forward.

Can anyone tell me which donor vehicles and years would work so I can start tracking down parts? From my research here, it looks like 67-72 Nova might be a good source. Any other cars?

I also read up that the BBC used a larger heater core - so are there any other diferences between BBC and SBC set ups? (I think the brackets might be different, but wich ones?)

Thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 28th, 11, 09:27 AM
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Re: Donor cars for a factory AC?

Good luck! Most of the other donor cars have long been scavenged, but the x-body cars were: Buick Apollo, Chevy Nova, Olds Omega, and Pontiac Ventura. What you really need are the brackets for the compressor, the wiring harness, the vacuum actuators and tank, and the suitcase halves. You are probably going to need to replace the rest of the stuff anyway. Everything is reproduced or rebuilt, but to buy it all will likely cost much, much more than a vintage air setup and will not cool as well. Unless it is an original car, I would go that route. I still had my original parts and it cost me $1,000 by the time I replaced the hoses, condenser, evaporator, expansion valve, and dryer then recharged.

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Generally, the F and X (Camaro/firebird-Nova/& friends) are the best sources for the firewall parts.
But, don't forget to study all the other F and A/A-special bodied GM vehicles in the wrecking yards while you're there.
Lots of the late 60's makes from other divisions were more likely to have expensive options, like AC, that the lower priced Chevy models.
I've found lots of usuable parts on Buicks and Pontiacs.
Cad. stuff seemed to have exclusive designs and features not often found on the lower line vehicles ...

Don't be afraid to walk into the yard office and ask the counter guy if he can recommend something or even do a Hollander search for the part(s) you need - it's often hard to find someone, but I've gotten lucky more than a few times after explaining I'm restoring a CAMARO and need some parts - everyone likes to talk about classic Camaros

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Re: Donor cars for a factory AC?

Thanks for the leads! I do want to stick with the look of a factory system and we really dont need AC much here in central Ohio. I am looking forward to unbolting, cleaning and replacing things on my car, but this AC thing really scares me. I imagine you'll be tired of hearing from me by the time its done!

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 29th, 11, 09:54 AM
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Re: Donor cars for a factory AC?

Don't be afraid! I just finished restoring my factory A/C and I learned everything I needed to know from this site. I am ok with wrenches, but no superstar mechanic and I figured it out so you can too. Let me know if you have questions.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old May 1st, 11, 04:19 PM
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Re: Donor cars for a factory AC?

68 V8 Firebirds will work. For the "suitcase"They are still not cheap, but there were a lot more Firebirds with air than big block Camaros. Brackets are out there anywhere from $250 to $400 a set.

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