Join Date: Sep 2000
Re: 1967 Camaro AC Question
I own several factory air 1st and 2nd gen F bodies. I own one 1st gen with vintage air. I drive all my cars. I live in arizona.
It depends on the condition of your system. If it just needs a compressor, txv, poa, and new hoses it will be less expensive to fix what you have. The vacuum motors in the cowl and right kick panels are reproduced now, and are about $100. POA retrofit kit is less than $100, txv is $20, and compressor about $400, new hoses are easy since there is no crimping needed.
If you convert it to 134a freon, that will require a different condenser and crimped hoses. IMO the condenser supplied with the vintage air system is not very good. There are better higher efficiency units avaliable. That will add $200 + some easy fabrication, reusing the original condenser brackets. Add another $200 for hoses, fittings and the labor to crimp.
All my cars have a poa retrofit kit, except my elcamino. The elcamino is smokin cold. But the others are also, will get below 30 deg vent temp.
The car with vintage air has less air flow volume, it is also not as cold, compressor shuts off at 48 degrees. I have adjusted the location of the evap temp sensor to get it as cold as it is.
Factory air takes up a lot more room under hood and clutters stuff up. Factory air heater core, or evap core replacement is painful.
I prefer the factory controls, it makes sense, you can feel when you are moving a cable. You can feel the detents on the blower switch. Cables are not going to break or go out of calibration.
I like having a vent position, and fresh air when ac is on which the va system does not have. VA is always on recirculate, or "max air"
VA's evap and heater cores are much smaller than the factory, therefore taking up a lot less room.
68 Dana 302, 68 rs 327 daily driver/family car, 71 rs, track car/ driver, 68 firebird 400, 70 formula 400, 73 type LT, 98 TA, 2 goofy kids and an incredible wife.