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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 28th, 18, 08:45 AM Thread Starter
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Vintage Air center vent/dashpad question

There's a good chance I'm going to order another dashpad, so I thought I'd ask what would be best...

My car is a 1969 non factory A/C car. I realize the non A/C cars don't have a center vent. However I understand if you order a nonfactory air Vintage air system, it comes with a center vent and you need to cut out that part of the dash to install the vents. If I'm replacing the dashpad, would I be better off to go ahead and get the dash pad that has the part already cut out for the A/C vents?

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Absolutely. I'm in the process of doing that exact thing. I ordered a factory center vent. Hope to put it in today. You will need the back adapter from VA to make the hoses fit .
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Re: Vintage Air center vent/dashpad question

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There's a good chance I'm going to order another dashpad, so I thought I'd ask what would be best...

My car is a 1969 non factory A/C car. I realize the non A/C cars don't have a center vent. However I understand if you order a nonfactory air Vintage air system, it comes with a center vent and you need to cut out that part of the dash to install the vents. If I'm replacing the dashpad, would I be better off to go ahead and get the dash pad that has the part already cut out for the A/C vents?

Yes... get the OER AC Pad.

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Absolutely. I'm in the process of doing that exact thing. I ordered a factory center vent. Hope to put it in today. You will need the back adapter from VA to make the hoses fit .
I haven't started yet, but will be soon. I have the VA kit, and the OER AC pad. I've had the current (couple year old) non-AC pad out a couple times while I was fitting the new Classic Dash insert. So I'm comfortable pulling it out and re-installing. The OER pad and of course get the OER center vent as well... it'll look more like it belongs there and isn't hacked into the old one. Finally got heat in my garage and now that the holidays are over I'm going to get busy soon. Just dread getting that heater core out.

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I just did mine today. Defiantly the right choice. The OER pad has a few waves in it, but I hope the summer heat will help it relax. The VA center vent looks out of place and cheap. The one thing I did was all of my ductwork I put HVAC silver tape around with a zip tie. It would suck for it to come loose. May be overboard, but I feel better.

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Re: Vintage Air center vent/dashpad question

Definitely the way to go with an AC dash pad. Here is a pic of my center vent.
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Re: Vintage Air center vent/dashpad question

Cool, thx... I haven't seen enough of either to know the differences, but I just couldn't imagine how cutting the non A/C dash could be made to look right.

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Cool, thx... I haven't seen enough of either to know the differences, but I just couldn't imagine how cutting the non A/C dash could be made to look right.
I mean if you did not need a new dash pad perhaps one could consider cutting up the non AC dash pad. However, for me, it was a no brainer. Purchase the AC dash pad, new AC center vent with the hose adapter.

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