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Old 09-28-2005, 10:19 AM
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Favorite brand of A/C

Just curious as to what brand of aftermarket A/C units you folks have had good luck with. I probably should have made this a poll but....

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Old 09-28-2005, 04:50 PM
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I use Vintage Air. The only trouble I've had is w/their heater valve not shutting all the way off.

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ac preference

My current favorite is classic auto air- supposedly they are the only ones that have separate coils. The 4 heat/def ducts are on the back side of the unit- I'm running defrost and two floor dumps, but there are several configurations. The front 4 are for ac. It's a true blended system, electronic servos. My 2 cents. Bill
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I use Hot Rod Air. Basically the same unit as Vintage Air but a little cheaper.
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Centerline....I've seen their all-in-1 kits for streetrods. Are these trully all-in-1 or do you have to figure out what's missing and order extra pieces. By the way...I've been following your build, the pickup and the house, both are awesome. Good work.

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Thanks for the complements, Barry. The unit I purchased for the truck was complete and contained everything needed to do the installation except for the compressor mount and the firewall connector. The only thing I really had to do was have a local AC shop crimp the connections on the hoses.
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Roll windows down and haul ***. Works great at high speeds, kind of sucks at lites!
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I put a Vintage air system in my mustang. I also had a faulty shut off valve that was replaced without any problems.
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I put a Vintage air system in my mustang. I also had a faulty shut off valve that was replaced without any problems.
x3......PITA to change my valve, therefore, manual shutoff in line. not pretty, but works....40 deg air at the vents from louisiana this year
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Old 09-30-2005, 08:28 AM
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A friend of mine with a '57 Chevy had trouble with Vintage air not flowing enough air through the system, swapped for a Hot Rod air system and has had no trouble since. I'm going with Hot Rod air for my '46 Panel as well.

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i like old air products because of the larger fan. it or vintage is my choice
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I installed an Old Air Hurricane unit in my truck ... already had the compressor and dryer but I put a new dryer in ... had a shop install the hoses and charge the system.

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I trashed the plastic plenum ... it fit nicely under the dash; custom fit but I like the looks of '55 Chevy knobs installed in the bottom of my dash better and when I finish my interior panels, I'll route the ducts wherever I want them.

2 Summers with the AC; 1 Winter with the heater and I'm very pleased.

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which A/C to use

Maybe for you wizards, any system can be made to work. This is our first build. Contacted Vintage Air and the service has been outstanding. They are supplying a "dummy" unit for under the dash on our 28 so we can build around their needs. Also looked at pics of our build and are making suggestions on Radiator, Fans, etc. What I thought might be a nighmare, will end up being a simple job. Everyone we talked to that had their units was pleased. Any problems were immediately handled to their satisfaction. Saw where I could save a couple of dollars on other units, just doesn't seem worth it. They are also from Texas (so I may be biased) but if you don't live here, you cannot comprehend 105 degrees with 45% humidity. They have like 30 years of TEXAS experience with A/C's. For a daily driver, we are going with the best. Our 2 cents. (maybe I'm just too old to deal with marginal A/C)
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you're lucky you get that dry air in SA. try 105 with 80% humidity here in houston. it's like living in a freaking jungle sometimes. hell it is 85 degrees with 71% humidity right now, the heat index is 91 degrees.

a good a/c is necessary, especially in a car you drive often, unless you want to show up to work soaking wet.
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This Summer here in New Jersey we had the hottest temps on record ... it was 95 degress with 85% humidity from mid-July through mid-August (100 - 105 with the heat index)!

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