Need a vintage air expert???Anyone running a stock small block 3 row radiator with vintage air, if so does it run hot? Is vintage air gen 4 sure fit system a pretty easy do it urselfer or is it worth 800 bucks to have a pro install?
I installed my sure fit gen 4 in my 69 and it took three days with the removal of the old heater cover taking the most time. The best way to do it is by removing your passenger fender or the inner fender well, one or the other should be removed. You can do it without removing them (I did) but it really adds time and difficulty to the process. Then the A/C shop charged me 300 to cut and crimp the rubber lines and charge the system so if the 800 includes charging the system I would just go ahead and have them do it!
I installed my own kit and agree mostly with Rick. I used the lines they supplied and they worked great with no cutting required so it was only about $150 to have it evacuated and charged. Use a shop that has done aftermarket installs before if you can and take in the directions they supply for charging - it has to be the correct amount of freon. Read the directions carefully and take your time, the system is very well designed IMO and fits great. I live in the desert and have no cooling issues with a new 3-row and 3300 cfm electric fan and shroud. I 7-blade mechanical and properly installed shroud should be fine as well given the rest of the system is in good shape. I also enjoy the process as much as the results so the $800 is up to you depending on yu budget and how much you like to do these types of projects. It is pretty involved and took me probably 30-40 hours.
I installed Classic Auto Air in my '68 Camaro. The ac system is very similar to Vintage Air. Never had any ac experience in my life. Did it alone. Had to read the instructions about four times. CAA's system came with the hoses. I had them make them extra long without crimped fittings on one end so I could tailor them to run behind the fender apron. The hose shop only charged me $15.00 to crimp the fittings on. It cost $118.00 to have the the system evacuated and charged up with R134. Altogether spent around $1400.00. Took about 40 hours with the seats out, the AM radio removed, with the fender and fender apron on (made it more time consuming). Still blows cold and its been two years since installing it. I also dynamatted the firewall, floor, to rear glass/hat shelf. Tinted the rear glass 80%. No overheating issues with a 3 row std radiator. Recently went to an alum radiator because I installed a 200-4R.
$800 sounds cheap to have a "Pro" do it. I emphasize "Pro"
Thanks for the info. Just didnt know if alot of experiance was required. The price i got was 2,000-2,100 because he hasnt looked at my pullys. He is a vintage air dealer, but i never asked about system getting charged? Thanks for the tip, i will ask.
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