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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 8th, 17, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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Adding AC to a '69 non-AC

Hey all, I'm in FL and am limited to driving in the early morning and evening bc its so darn hot out. I want to add AC and know there are a few brands out there. What have you added to yours? Are you happy w the cooling? Self installed, if so any gotchas?

I've got 2k budgeted for this project.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 8th, 17, 11:13 AM
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Re: Adding AC to a '69 non-AC

Vintage Air can be done within your budget if you install it yourself.

I suggest using an OEM style center vent and an AC dash pad. Cutting the Non AC pad and installing the cheapo supplied center vent to me just does look very good.
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Re: Adding AC to a '69 non-AC

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Vintage Air can be done within your budget if you install it yourself.

I suggest using an OEM style center vent and an AC dash pad. Cutting the Non AC pad and installing the cheapo supplied center vent to me just does look very good.
^Spot on. Get an A/C dash pad and OEM vent.

Cooling is good on my Vintage Air unit. I have used mine when it's been 100 out and it cools off fairly quickly in the car. My only complaint if I had one is the fan is really loud on high.

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Re: Adding AC to a '69 non-AC

I've read a lot about the VintageAir brand. That seems to be one of if not the most popular brand. How about the install? How difficult is it? Do any body panels need to be removed, eg front clip to install condenser or lines, etc?

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Re: Adding AC to a '69 non-AC

You need to remove the right front fender in order to remove the heater box and blower motor.

Also will have to remove the glove box (the system comes with a new glove box designed to clear the evaporator, dash pad and cluster so you can remove all the old ductwork and install the new defroster ducts and new vent hoses.

It's not a difficult job if you follow the instructions. looking at approx 20 hrs by the time you all done.

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Re: Adding AC to a '69 non-AC

You will also need in addition to the vintage air kit:
dash pad
center vent
upper radiator hose
ps pump pulley
crank pulley
water pump pulley
associated fan belts
and if you have and OE 60 amp alternator you may have to upgrade.
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Re: Adding AC to a '69 non-AC

Hey Mike

I Installed the Classic Auto Air Conditioning System, Did a few Mods to it for my Liking.

I put the Sound Deadener/ Foil and a New Jute Pad, with the Big Block and Headers, you can still feel the Heat coming thru and I am a Big Guy - I sweat , Nothing is better than driving to or from a Cruise and Having the A/C turned on, Driving in Comfort. I drive it Spring and Fall, when the Windows Fog up, I turn on the "Defroster".
I feel sorry for the Stocker Z-28 and BB 375'ers who want the Factory OEM when its Hot.


X2 to Buying the OER Center Outlet and a New Dash Pad, I liked the Classic Headquarters Dash Pad - It's worth the $$



See Post # 11 and # 14.
https://www.camaros.net/forums/28-hea...-question.html

and My Post from my Install, just has some Good Info and Pic's.
https://www.camaros.net/forums/28-hea...-core-mod.html

I would say the One Thing I wished I knew while Installing my Evap/ Heater Core Box is the Classic Auto Air had the Drain Tube Fitting come out the Front thru the Firewall.

I laid out that Hole Placement per the Instructions, it Needed to be a little bit more Towards the Center of the Car I believe, You want the Drain to be at it's lowest point so all The Water Drains out.

Just pay a little more attention as to where the Drain goes, Maybe the Vintage Air goes straight down ?

Good luck, and Enjoy the "Cool Cruising"
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