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Converting non-AC to AC

Anyone ever converted a 71 Camaro from a non ac to a ac car. I have heard the firewall is cut different. Anyone ever cut one before. Any help would be appreciated as I have purchased the underhood box along with the under dash box from an ac car. My car had no AC. I am also using a 93 LT1 Corvette motor and trans and was wanting to use the condensor and the compressor from that car along with having my lines made at a local AC shop to fit the original evaporator. Any suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated!!!

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Many moons ago I used to do what you are suggesting- none of them worked out very well, very well may have been my learning curve. I have been told units that have been out/open very long seldom work, I can't say. Even installed factory air in a Porsche 911 against all advice- cutting that firewall was stressful!! Today, several companies make AC install kits, I've tried 6 of them. Vintage Air is the best known, great product. I've used classic auto air on my last two- my current favorite- separate coils. Car before last was a 55 chevy, cooled extremely well, used all the factory engine brackets from a 99 Vortec. If you can borrow/rent the tool, making the lines is a snap, parts are cheap. In Texas, AC is a must. Bill
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Yes, I have done just that on a first generation Camaro. Not the late model motor though.

The opening in the firewall is much bigger on the AC cars. So its a matter of cutting the firewall bigger and replacing all the inside and outside box and duct work with the AC version. Since you have a donor cars parts you have got it made. It would be nice to see the car and make a template for the opening.

Dont forget there are other parts that need changed too. Heater controls as well as wiring changes, blower motor, relay, etc.

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