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DrBee 02-21-2013 10:14 PM

Give me a minute.. I'll calm down.
I'm not sure who I'm mad at the most, Vintage Aire, their local vendor, Edelbrock or the local supply houses.

I am just finishing installing a Vintage Aire Compact II on a 350 SBC. The port for the heater hose is right under the compressor. There is not enough clearance for the fitting without using a short 90 degree fitting. And you still would have to remove the compressor to install the fitting. With the electric fan sensor and the temperature sensor there are not enough fittings to go around in the Edelbrock Intake Manifold.

No one around carries a short 90 fitting. You would think either Vintage Aire or Edelbrock would recognize the problem and offer a solution, but no.

I'm sure I'll be able to Rube Goldberg it, no offense to Rube, but that's not something I should have to do.

Okay ..... there I've calmed downed. No reply required, I just needed to vent.

vinniekq2 02-21-2013 10:40 PM

post a picture of your solution.Thanks for venting

dinger 02-22-2013 12:52 AM

I used that unit on my car, Hagan supplied the bracketing, no problem. Edelbrock intake also.

delawarebill 02-22-2013 06:52 AM

temp sensor
have u looked at the (i think) 3/8 pipe plugs on the heads.. they may take a 3/8 ratchet to remove.. either side will work for sending unit for gage or fan..i'd use it for gage and outlet of intake for fan...

ogre 02-22-2013 10:15 AM

that is part of the fun of building your own car, make this fit here and that fit there.
without pics it's hard to help you out.
i will say this... i found vintage air the most helpful vendor i've dealt with

for the fan sensor i used a piece of ss muffler tube in the lower radiator hose with half of a pipe coupling welded in, it has worked fine for 15000 miles.
there's also thermostat housings with ports in them

joe_padavano 02-23-2013 04:09 PM

You can buy the radiator hose sensor adapters from a number of sources. Here are just a couple.

Steiger Performance - Inline radiator hose temperature sensor adapter

Greddy 16401630 Radiator Hose Water Temp Sensor Adapter 30mm

Bryan59EC 02-23-2013 06:42 PM

I had to have another hole drilled and tapped on my Edelbrock Performer.

Should be a dimple in the manifold just to the right of the thermostat for just that reason.

I have the temp sender and the fan switch both in the intake.

sedanbob 02-24-2013 09:15 AM

I solved a similar situation (sbc 350/vintage air) with an extension on the thermostat housing (that I got from Vintage Air). It raises the thermostat, but in doing so provides a side port for your heater hose. the extension can be flipped, and/or rotated, giving you 4 options for pointing that port. Here's a link to their catalog page:
They call it a 'water neck riser'.

DrBee 02-24-2013 10:14 PM

Give me minut ..I'll calm down
Thanks Sedanbob. That was the solution I used. I'll post picture as soon as I install it (tomorrow).

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