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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old Jul 2nd, 18, 09:56 AM Thread Starter
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Vintage air in a non factory A/C 1969 Camaro

I've got a Vintage air set up I'm installing in a non-factory A/C 69 camaro.

I had to swap out my dashpad anyway, so I elected to use factory style center a/c vents. I'm guessing the dash is different, b/c I had to make a bracket to extend from my dash to the factory style center A/C louver...

I'm assuming the dash is different for a nonfactory air car and a factory air car. It should give me something solid to mount the A/C louver to. Here's the bracket, am I missing something or is this common...
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Here's with the dash pad in place.
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Also, I had to notch the case for the factory style A/C louver so the lever would work. Is this common?
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old Jul 2nd, 18, 09:58 AM
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Re: Vintage air in a non factory A/C 1969 Camaro

Nice job, hope it all works out for you!
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Re: Vintage air in a non factory A/C 1969 Camaro

The dash is the same for AC and Non AC cars. Looking at the pictures it appears yours was hacked up a some time in its past.

When I do AC I always use the OEM style center vent and purchase an AC Pad.

Then you buy the Vintage Air Factory AC Louver Adapter to install the Factory Style AC Vent. Part # 62614VCE

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Re: Vintage air in a non factory A/C 1969 Camaro

I was hoping you'd reply, I knew you've installed a few...

I lay claim to the hack job... I cut the original flange off and extended it to meet the factory A/C vent location on the dash pad. That's why I wondered if there was a difference.

That's the same "Vintage Air Factory AC Louver Adapter to install the Factory Style AC Vent. Part # 62614VCE" that I have... I thought it was weird that the lever couldn't cycle unless I notched it.

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Re: Vintage air in a non factory A/C 1969 Camaro

I've never had to notch or trim to fit. The adapter is not the same as the one that comes with the VA non factory AC kit part #490169-FCA (louver and adapter) It looks the same but is smaller.

It comes with the factory AC Kit but you can buy the part separately.
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I too used the factory style dash pad and a OER vent. Works well and looks like the factory did it.
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Re: Vintage air in a non factory A/C 1969 Camaro

Although mine was an A/'C car, my dash pad and vent seemed to fit well. I guess you couldn't have put it in upside-down...



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I've never had to notch or trim to fit. The adapter is not the same as the one that comes with the VA non factory AC kit part #490169-FCA (louver and adapter) It looks the same but is smaller.

It comes with the factory AC Kit but you can buy the part separately.

I bet you're right... I bet I got the smaller one. I'll order 62614VCE
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Re: Vintage air in a non factory A/C 1969 Camaro

So here's where my ignorance will shine, I didn't have factory A/C with a center vent, so I'll go ahead and ask... I was thinking that the center a/c vent screws to a metal flange on the dash. But from the manual, I see that the center vent screws to clips that slide onto the dashpad. Or is there suppose to me a metal flange to mount to behind the dashpad?

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Re: Vintage air in a non factory A/C 1969 Camaro

Good information, I'm planning on installing vintage air in my non ac 69. What's the best solution for the kick panel vents? These are no longer functional after the conversion, correct? I'm still far from installing but interested in this topic. Thanks!
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Good information, I'm planning on installing vintage air in my non ac 69. What's the best solution for the kick panel vents? These are no longer functional after the conversion, correct? I'm still far from installing but interested in this topic. Thanks!
They'll be empty... I'll run my A/C lines through mine and inside the fenders. Or you can build an enclosure and make speaker boxes out of them.

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My kick panel vents still work. My astro vents are not hooked up anymore. It was not a horrible install. I put mine in with the dash empty, and no fenders on the car.
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My kick panel vents still work. My astro vents are not hooked up anymore. It was not a horrible install. I put mine in with the dash empty, and no fenders on the car.
I guess there's no reason they wouldn't still work... I just knew they weren't tied into the vintage air system. I should have though about it more before I answered it.


Keith, does the center vent just screw into the metal clips that clip onto the dash panel or is it backed by a piece from the main dash?

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I put mine right in the pad with clips. The pad actually had dimples for the holes. I used a OER pad and a OER. Vent.

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I put mine right in the pad with clips. The pad actually had dimples for the holes. I used a OER pad and a OER. Vent.
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