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Old 07-09-2007, 08:19 PM
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After market AC and power windows

I am considering putting air conditioning and power windows in my project; 1946 Chevrolet 1/2 ton short bed pickup.

I was thinking about using the Vintage Air system, but they are extremely expensive. Has anyone got experience with any other system available on the market today?

Also power windows. Any experience with them? I considering the system that EZwiring has. Along with their 21 circuit wiring harness.

Frank

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Old 07-09-2007, 09:44 PM
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Vintage Air does cost more ...

BUT to me it is the BEST ...





Even in a small 32 Ford 3W coupe .. you can almost make it where you do not see it.



This one is the Generation II Mini ... plenty enough to cool a coupe or a pickup
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Old 07-09-2007, 10:07 PM
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Doc here,

Deuce,

Just had to comment..

You Sure do NICE metal Fabrication..Wish I could be that good.

My welding will hold..Providing it's 2 pieces of slag stuck to flypaper..

And can only bend metal with the assistance of Two immovable objects heading toward each other!

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Old 07-09-2007, 10:43 PM
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TOO bad we do not live a lot closer ... we could swap out work ...
My electrical skills consist of plugging in a extension cord to the socket in the wall ... where you are the electric guru
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Old 07-09-2007, 11:03 PM
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Yeah duece, that does make for a nice installation.

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To answer your other question try www.specialtypowewrwindows.com, they make some of the best kits.
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Vintage Air does cost more ...

BUT to me it is the BEST ...

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This one is the Generation II Mini ... plenty enough to cool a coupe or a pickup
Have you actually used yours? Or perhaps ridden in vehicles with this brand installed?

I saw a post on a ford truck board where someone was not happy at all with whatever brand they had installed. I need to look back and see what brand it was.

I just wondered how well this one works. Compact is good in these old small vehicles.

BTW: That is beautiful steel work. Wish I has some talent like that.

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Old 07-10-2007, 05:11 AM
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Have you actually used yours? Or perhaps ridden in vehicles with this brand installed?
Actually ... I have not gotten mine running yet ...
But a very good friend has the exact same unit in another 32 Ford 3W coupe ... and his will freeze your hiney off.

I have used Vintage Air in other cars and have always been HAPPY with them.
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I can assure you that if your cab is properly insulated the Vintage Air unit will freeze you out, even the R134 model. Vintage Air's tech support is superb. The unit I installed in my Coupe is all electronic, no vacuum, and no cables to mess with, and it works perfectly. Quality cost's a little more.....it's worth it.

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I got Vintage in the 59---------works great
WILL buy vintage for both of the 66 Elkies

You may even be able to call them and ask for the assy instructions.

I did this and they were happy to send me the instructions for the kit I was interested in. Was a big help to me for wiring and just to get an idea what was all involved.

The 59 Elky (avatar)was my first ground up build (body off frame), and I could use all the help I could get.

Too bad that I did not come across this hotrodder's community til after I finally registered the car.

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That is great to hear guys. Thanks.
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Deuce,

Beautiful fabrication work-she's going to be a beauty.

I have also heard a few complaints about Vintage Air, but I think it's from people that are justifying their "off-brand" purchases-I am gong to buy Vintage Air.

Quite honestly, I have heard here that some people have had some really good experiences with Specialty Power Window and some haven't, but I think this may be true with a lot of the Power Window Suppliers out there-it's hard for me to believe that one size fits all. It was enough to give me pause, and I asked around (here also) about options and I am trying Nu Relics. They are the most expensive it appears. I talked to them yesterday, and I have to send my old Regulators for them to modify and it still costs $540.00!

They told me that on my old Coupe that the Window slides rearward first, then rolls down. They will put in new Gears in the old regulators and supply everything else. I guess what I am saying is that I think it depends on how your Car was originally designed-
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Quite honestly, I have heard here that some people have had some really good experiences with Specialty Power Window and some haven't,
My coupe came delivered with SPW power windows and an SPW wiper system. The windows worked very good, the wiper system was a disaster, partly due to the shoddy installation Gibbon Fiberglass did on it. If you do not get the 3/8" aluminum tube bent perfectly the inner drive will not move freely in it. Gibbon did not do a good job of bending the tube when they recessed it into the left "A" pillar. I elected to de-install the SPW wiper and bought a much simpler Mighty Wiper unit to replace it.

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Cheap power winodows, I took the power window unit from a K-car had a square socket welded on, made a bracket to hold it and sliped over the stock window regulater than built a arm rest over the motor to hide it. I heard there some smaller units then I used out there. Fve bucks an I have power windows, works great.
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I just got finished putting a "HOT ROD AIR" heater and A/C unit in a 39 chevy woody and for my money it was as good as it gets. tucked up under the dash nice and works great. check 'em out!
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