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Username Post: Adding AC Vents to a non Air conditioning Car        (Topic#358121)
brickwhite 
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09-20-19 05:30 AM - Post#2775947    

Looking to add AC to my 66 impala SS sport coupe.

My interior....


I have an Automatic with Center console and center gauges. Looks like I at least need to lower part of the dash that hold the vents, the vents (center and side) and some type of AC unit.



Looking at:

Classic Auto Air Complete Perfect Fit Air Conditioning System 1965-1966 Chevy Impala
Part Number: 196-20-231-5 ($1400)



Will need:
Side vents:


Center vent:

Not my car I have an auto.. but you get the idea.


Center vent holder...


May need to have this 3D printed.....

Lower Metal AC dash:



Ted


Edited by brickwhite on 09-20-19 05:37 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 


aghaga 
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09-20-19 05:55 AM - Post#2775949    
    In response to brickwhite

To make everything work together you will also need the AC padded lower dash pads which are hard to come by.



 
brickwhite 
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09-20-19 05:58 AM - Post#2775950    
    In response to aghaga

Think I can make the non-padded one work?



Just weld in some metal over the ash tray holes?

Ted


 
aghaga 
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09-20-19 07:53 AM - Post#2775959    
    In response to brickwhite

The gauge package trim is contoured to fit the padded lower dash. When I installed the Classic Air on my non-factory air 66 I was fortunate enough to have a set of the AC lower dash pads to use as locators to cut openings for OEM outside ducts. I mounted center vents on the side of the gauge cluster.

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brickwhite 
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09-20-19 08:19 AM - Post#2775961    
    In response to aghaga

That's an Idea instead of the Center vent. I have the lower dash pads on mine now and I could cut for the outside vents. .

Are you happy with the AC system? and integration?

Any pics of the side vents?

Ted


 
aghaga 
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09-20-19 08:44 AM - Post#2775964    
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aghaga 
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09-20-19 08:45 AM - Post#2775965    
    In response to aghaga

The gauge package trim is contoured to fit the padded lower dash. When I installed the Classic Air on my non-factory air 66 I was fortunate enough to have a set of the AC lower dash pads to use as locators to cut openings for OEM outside ducts. I mounted center vents on the side of the gauge cluster.



 
aghaga 
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09-20-19 08:54 AM - Post#2775966    
    In response to aghaga

Whoops pasted duplicated message. The kit was a clean install and cools very well.I don't know about altering your pads to accommodate the outer vents. The vents bisect the pad leaving the outer piece separate. An option would be to mount the center vents as I did on the gauge package and mount the end ones under the dash until you find the padded AC lower dash pads. Installing the factory end vents is a little tricky cutting out with the curves and angles of the dash panel.



 
fsc66 
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09-20-19 11:43 PM - Post#2776026    
    In response to aghaga

Not sure if you have a donor car. You also need the passenger side kick panel and A/C components that mount in it. Don’t forget about wiring also. I cut my lower dash along with the center panel but if you have a donor car you can cut out the lower dash and attach on yours, much cleaner install. Clutch fan is also part of the A/C package along with all firewall components, of course hoses, compressor, condenser, etc. All shown in the assembly manual.

Paul





 


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