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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Oct 6th, 18, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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Vintage Air Kick Panel Modification

For those of you that have routed the AC and heater hoses through the kick panel...

I've got the AC unit mocked up under the dash with all the hoses run and the kick panel filler plate installed (the one with 4 holes and grommets) but I don't have the kick panel in. When I do it for real, the hoses will all go through the kick panel. It was hard enough to wrestle the hoses and AC box into place without having the kick panel in the way. That seems like it would make it an even bigger PITA.

I've already modified the kick panel to cut out the fresh air door tube. I was thinking of making a slice in the kick panel at the top of the hole so that I can just slip the kick panel on once everything is hooked up and done. And then this would also allow me to remove the kick panel in the future if I had to mess with the speaker or wiring behind it.

Anybody else do this? Seems like a reasonable shortcut.


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Re: Vintage Air Kick Panel Modification

I went that route only I did not use the 4-hole plate as that took up too much real estate imo. I tightly bundled the hoses to keep everything as compact as possible. I also used an aftermarket kick panel from The Shop LLC(had to modify it) and still was able to fit in a 6-1/2" speaker
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Re: Vintage Air Kick Panel Modification

I didnt modify my kick panel at all. I routed the two AC hoses and the two heater hoses through the firewall, behind the factory heater core cover and into the area between the inner and outer fender.

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Re: Vintage Air Kick Panel Modification

I'm in the process of installing a VA system in my 68, but mine came with factory A/C, so the hoses seem to route through the vent pretty easily. I'm just getting ready to crimp the lines. Will have that done by weekend, so will have all hoses routed.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Nov 22nd, 18, 04:08 PM
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Re: Vintage Air Kick Panel Modification

I wanted a stock look for my 1967 BBC Camaro. I routed the hard lines from the evaporator/heater core inlets out to the firewall and under the stock blower motor/heater core cover. Hard lines for both heater hoses end up in the stock location for a BBC. The A/C lines are routed in front of the firewall and under the cover to the big hole where the blower motor would have been. A circular plate was fabricated to bolt to the cover like the blow motor. The hard lines exit through two pre drilled holes in the plate and have junctions outside the cover which allows for hose/line replacement if required some day. I put the pressure switch on the hard line near the cover below the fender. If I did this again, I would have positioned the switch below the battery tray where the hard line is routed enroute to the condenser.

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