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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Aug 28th, 17, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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'67 convertible in TX - Will AC help?

Hi - I have a '67 convertible w/427, recently moved from CA where AC wasn't required. In the Austin, TX heat it's just too hot during the summer w/o AC for me to enjoy.

Looking to hear from others with 1st gens on whether having AC (Vintage Air or Classic Auto?) will provide enough cool air to enjoy my drive during 95+ days.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Aug 28th, 17, 06:16 PM
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Re: '67 convertible in TX - Will AC help?

I put Vintage Air in my wife's 69 vert and it does a pretty good job of cooling the car. We usually don't use the car if it is above 100 but below 100 it seems fine. Car has a white top.

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Re: '67 convertible in TX - Will AC help?

No offense to the OP at all, but it's funny how accustomed we have become to the creature comforts offered in modern cars. I can recall packing five high school age guys into my mid-70's Camaro and driving down to Florida with no AC. I also spent a year of college in southern Louisiana with the heater stuck ON (I corrected this in short order ). Of course, 100+ degrees, and driving a car at my current age are a completely different story.

I think most of the modern aftermarket AC systems do an adequate job of cooling the car. White top would probably help, but more important might be good airflow across the condenser and possibly more insulation in the floorboards and firewall to keep out engine heat. Good luck staying cool down there!

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Aug 29th, 17, 04:27 PM
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Re: '67 convertible in TX - Will AC help?

Hi Alex

First, my Heart and Prayers go out to All affected by Hurricane Harvey, My Wife's Family are in the Tomball area of Houston. They are OK.

There was a similar question earlier this Month - About Putting A/C in a First Gen.

https://www.camaros.net/forums/28-hea...69-non-ac.html

It has some Info and Pics along with other Members input.
Systems are almost a Pick your Favorite, I went with the Classic Auto Air system.

No I do not have a Convertible, but I do have the BB and Headers - Big Heat Soak coming from the Engine/ Headers and I put the Heat barrier/ Sound Proofing and a New Jute Pad on top of that - I can still feel the Heat coming up from the Floor.

Where I was in a position having my car completely gutted, I chose to add the Creature Comfort of Air Conditioning.
Some of the Stocker's/ OEM cars like the 375 HP's and Z-28's and Original with out Air are in for that Original 70's Fresh Air Feel and the 8's and 9's have the Astro Vents, which do work really well until it gets really Hot and Humid.

And there is one other benefit of A/C, When the windows get Foggy, I turn it on and they Clear up, I have been caught in a Shower/ Downpour and I do drive my Car thru the Year as long as the Roads are Clear, No Ice or Salt, and it can get pretty Cold and Damp here in CT.
Good Luck

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