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Old 10-09-2013, 02:15 AM
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Vintage Air question.

Well, winter is around the corner and have a few projects lined up for my 35 Ford P/U. Thinking of putting in AC and have a question on the VintageAir Slimline and Slimline Mini units. Are these units self-contained - meaning do I have to do any engine bolt-ons, ie; compressor, etc.? Trying to keep the engine area as uncluttered as possible and "plumbing" to a minimum. It already has the Vintage Air heater/defrost unit installed and may just take it out and use one of the Slimline all-in-one units.

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Well, obviously you'll need a compressor, drier, condenser, and refrigerant lines. Have you gone to their site? They have complete instructions in PDF format...

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plumbing is the same for all va units, the underdash unit is just smaller.
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Yeah, just checked their PDF's. Looks like some add-ons. Thanks.
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You will have a good many add ons, but even before you think of those, make good and sure that whatever evaporator you choose fits under the dash - that is a small car with limited space there, especially if it's already a driver. You also have to take into account the gauges and how they are wired for that limited space along with the 2-1/2 inch air distribution hoses as well as make sure the freon and water hoses fit. These hoses don't make tight turns. I did it on a '31 Ford, but it was a brand new build, pretty expensive and a fairly difficult part of the car project.
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mockup evaporator

this is my first reply don't usually jump right in but this question relates to what I do for a living
I am a Vintage Air dealer and install A/C in muscle cars and hot rods for a living, also repair and update existing a/c in cars,not trying to sell anything just offer some advise
I would recommend finding a Vintage Air dealer in your area that has mock up units in stock to loan, there are four sizes one gen IV and three Gen III, Gen IV would be to big for you, I would think a Mini would do the trick
Secondly buy the book Vintage Air sells written by Jack (the owner) and read it a couple of times to get an idea of how a/c works,there is way more you need to know but this where to start
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this is my first reply don't usually jump right in but this question relates to what I do for a living
I am a Vintage Air dealer and install A/C in muscle cars and hot rods for a living, also repair and update existing a/c in cars,not trying to sell anything just offer some advise
I would recommend finding a Vintage Air dealer in your area that has mock up units in stock to loan, there are four sizes one gen IV and three Gen III, Gen IV would be to big for you, I would think a Mini would do the trick
Secondly buy the book Vintage Air sells written by Jack (the owner) and read it a couple of times to get an idea of how a/c works,there is way more you need to know but this where to start

I mostly agree - though have to say that you can make up your own mock up using the information found in the catalog rather then find a dealer. The Jack Chisenhall DIY book is a little dated, but there is good information. I'll agree that the GEN II Mini is a good choice for a small cab vehicle - and my earlier cautions about space still apply.

This was taken during the wiring and a/c installation:
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I agree but

The gentleman who created the post really needs to get down to basics and Jack's book does that and no need to reinvent the wheel if you can get hold of a mockup case might be able to put a larger evaporator in than you thought which is always good

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