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Old 03-30-2012, 05:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well on to the next part of the project. I live in the south and summers are crazy hot and I want to install air in my car. I have a 67 Galaxie with a 351W. No power steering or anything fancy. Does anyone have any info one what is good and what I need? How hard are they to install?
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You might look at Classic auto a/c or Vintage a/c sites. They have a lot of info and choices. I have had good luck with products from both of them.
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X2 on classic auto air. Great people.
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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any thoughts on old air products. Does it matter if I go behind dash or under dash? Both of the guys suggested have kits around the $1100 to $1300 range. Where the underdash @ old air runs $900. Are they equally difficult to install?
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I have been dealing with Old Air for awhile. They are a great bunch of guys and sale good product. If you have a problem they are there to help you. I just seen them at the Fort Worth Good GUY show. You will have no problem putting there a/c in. You can give them a call and tell them what you got and what you want and they will take care of you. They are menbers of Good Guys

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One thing to consider, the under dash unit will only provide A/C and will not provide for heat. If your car is set up from the factory with only heat and if that system is in good working order then it will be fine to install an under dash unit.
However if your car came originally equipped with Air then the existing heat unit may not operate properly without the original A/C system in place? If that is the case then you would likely be money ahead to get a complete system like is offered by Vintage Air.
I am not sure about a 67 but I have done this replacement for a 68 with factory air and I can tell you that because of the vacuum system and the fact that some of the vacuum parts are very difficult to find it becomes more efficient to just replace both the air and heat systems.

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good to hear about the Old Air guys. My car only came with heat and fan, no AC. I am not worried about the heat. I replaced the heater core and the 2 weeks a year of cold weather we get it is more important to have a strong AC. It is already hitting 80 degrees and doesn't cool off until late October. So tech support on Old Air is good. Vintage Air is sold by everyone from Summit to tons of custom shops. Does anyone have a suggestion of where to buy for great customer service. I hate jumping into a new project and getting no support. My disc brake conversion kit from Dearborne was horrible! The instructions looked like I had the 100th recopy. Photos were just big black boxes and text was angled. It only had 10 steps to install. Took wayyyyyy more than 10 steps.
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I use Vintage air because they are only 50 miles away and I can easily go there if I need to and sometimes do if I am involved with a project where I know I will have to fab up a part. So I am comfortable working with them.
They also have an under dash unit and a "Galaxie" install kit. Never use the kit myself so I can't comment on it as far as ease of fit.
I have always had good customer support from them and they are all hot rodders so they speak the language. They are sold everywhere and you can go to their site and get a list of locations in your area that sell and install their product. I have found that at least in this area the dealers don't have much time for you unless you let them do the install and the install usually is more than the price of the parts.

If Old Air is closer to you they may also have a list of dealers at their site?

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I've done a few Vintage air complete setups and they are pretty easy to install and self contained with little issues. I have never tired to incorporate factory heater/AC switches to the setup though, just used the switch panels that come with the kits.
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Good advice! I am a little concerned about some of their customer service. I emailed Classic air, old guy, vintage air and I think one more Saturday for recommendations on units. I called each and figured they would not be open on the weekend but I thought for sure they would have sent me back a response by the end of business Monday. Old guys was the only one to respond and they replied @ 12:19 Monday. I will see how long it takes each and report back. I am surprised when companies don't respond to a customer that is waiving money in front of them. Either they are too busy for me (not good) or they don't want/ need my business. I will still be ok if they get back to me tomorrow but the early worm gets the bird.
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Ok i told you I would reply back. I never heard back from anyone except Old Air products. I called them on tuesday and spoke to a real person about the project. I plan to call them back a place an order on my day off Friday. I am disappointed and surprised that I could not drum up interest in 4 days for a sale. I can't image how long it would take to hear back for service. Just thought someone might want to know. I will keep everyone posted on the installation.
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