Aftermarket A/C in a 68-70 RR

Heating, Cooling & AC

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    iraqivet01 Well-Known Member

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    I also am installing a Classic Auto Air system in my '69 Charger.
    I'm finishing up installing the engine & putting the car back together, so I'm finalizing the A/C system as well.
    All in all, I thought it was a pretty simple & well laid out kit. ANY problems I had, CAA was very helpful over the phone.
    Some of the kit hoses would not work with my car, as I have a custom serpentine kit. CAA simply mailed me the ends I needed & lengths of hose, so I can crimp them myself.
    The underdash items went in smoothly, and wiring is simple. I've heard quite the opposite, that Vintage Air units can be a little more difficult, that is why I went with CAA. This is a modified car too, so I wasn't worried about drilling holes.
     
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    some good info!
     
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    A/C systems...

    Does anyone have any experience with http://www.classicautoair.com/BBody6872.asp ???
    or these guys http://www.vintageair.com/ ???


    I recently installed a classicauto air system in a 68 Coronet with a 318. The system was a direct fit with no modifications or special tools, used the original heater controls to operate, clear and easy instructions, and worked beautifully.
    After about a week the elec servo failed. A phone call got me a new part, shipped right away with no questions.
    I'll give Classic Air a "thumbs up" on their product and their service. Vintage air can just "GO AWAY". Never was happy with their product.
     
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    22" radiator with A/C. Will it work?

    Some time has passed since I started this thread and I'm again thinking about putting the A/C in my 69 RR since it's the more modified of the two RR's I have, but it has a 22" radiator. Has anyone had success running A/C with the smaller radiator? I don't have the option of putting in a 26" since the engine compartment is nearly completed, so I have to work with what space I have. However I'm not opposed to using an aftermarket rad if it does the job.
     
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    Put the A/C on and see how it handles it. Many of our old cars with 22" rads. did not get a shroud from the factory. If yours does not have one you may find that you will need one and if it does have it, make sure it is sealing well between the rad. and the shroud so that when it is sucking it is pulling the air THROUGH the rad. rather than air from around the shroud and not through the rad.
     
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    I used a Vintage Air system on my Cordoba. Since they don't make a kit for late B-bodies it was a universal kit but it almost installed itself. I agree that with a little research I could have put it together myself but, the compressor/alternator mounting bracket they supplied was awesome, it dropped right on and a lot of people think it's a factory job. There were only two issues and both were due to non-stock parts: 1) The water neck on my Edelbrock Air-gap intake was too close to the back if the compressor but that was resolved by swapping in a small block Chevy water neck and trimming the stock radiator hose. 2) The recommended 17mm wide belts did not fit in grooves of the alternator pulley and would pitch out above 5000 RPM, so I swappd in 15mm wide belts and have had no problems at all.

    As for classic auto air, well let's just say that I literally live within walking distance of them and decided to go with Vintage. My son met them at a shows and talked to them on the phone about our project and wound up deciding they were jerks. Customer service is as important to me as price.
     
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    Visiting/hijacking this thread instead of starting a new one....

    I have a 70 b body.. Sport Satellite that needs heat/ac/defrost the whole nine yards..... was none ac 318 motor car to begin with.. is now a 440

    whats the best way to go? Vintage Airs gen4 system is sweet and can be made to look almost like stock I think...... or is it cheaper to go factory?

    I am getting an ac rallye dash frame already bought and paid for and I have the rallye besels and stuff to make the dash a charger /rr rallye dash...

    but the heaterbox is rusted to crap and needs replaced anyway and while I am at it might as well have the ac

    TIA
     
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    Classic Auto Air

    Beware of these people at Classic Auto Air. I wish I had seen and read some of the postings about them. I am going around and around with them right now and would never recommend them. I had my good friend, one of us, send a complete air system for my 68 Charger. Every single item except the actual compressor which I was planning on getting from them. I never heard from them and when I called looking for my stuff they said "NOPE" don't have it. After sending a desperate email requesting someone find my items. I received a phone call and an estimate with my name and state not even correct. I was asked to look over the items and authorize the work which I did. My friend is as honest as the day is long so I assumed they had everything needed with the exception a few items. All the hoses and fittings, dryer, brackets and hardware were in great condition with all the factory markings on them very clear. I requested they be restored to factory correct. When I received the phone call that the items were done ahead of time I was very excited and coughed up the nearly $1500.00. When the box arrived it was anything from what I expected and was missing pieces that i had been invoiced for. When I sent them a lengthy email I got a push back response with a picture of the items they claim they received with the letter from my friend and all the items, which were all still connected. the picture showed all my items taken apart. It was friend who noticed and pointed out that there were many pieces missing and that was not even close to what to what i thought I was missing. When I tried to communicate with them they said my friend was lying and they never got the items and I was lying that they sent the items they said they did. It is all repopped hoses and not even close to what I was expecting. Made in China stuff! Are you kidding? I have asked that they send me my original lines and hoses back five times and they have yet to ever answer that simple question. I have gone around and around with these people that I have finally had to file a dispute with my bank and have given up dealing with them directly. All I can tell you is this. BEWARE!
     
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