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Username Post: 1966 Caprice        (Topic#365548)
Posts: 32

Reg: 09-23-20
06-18-21 07:21 AM - Post#2821758    

Thinking about putting an aftermarket AC unit. Any recommendations on any certain brands. What are the best options


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06-18-21 10:24 AM - Post#2821762    
    In response to 3964sp

I installed Auto Classic Air in my 66 Impala

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Reg: 09-23-20
06-19-21 03:35 PM - Post#2821816    
    In response to aghaga

Thank you looks like a nice system

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06-20-21 05:48 AM - Post#2821838    
    In response to 3964sp

There are also under dash add-on units available. That was something relatively common for people adding AC to cars ordered without. Because of that an add-on can look period correct.

The Classic Auto Air systems do a good job of replicating the proper interior look but it's not exactly the same as the original so you will likely be cutting dash parts to install something close-to but not the same-as the original. That makes it difficult if going back to original is ever important. It's just something to be aware of.


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Reg: 09-23-20
06-22-21 10:40 AM - Post#2821944    
    In response to toro455

Thank you for that information

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Loc: upstate NY
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06-23-21 04:22 PM - Post#2822026    
    In response to aghaga

I've been considering adding air to my '65. Did you have to cut the openings at the sides of your dash for that install? I like that the plumbing is routed thru the blockout plate/firewall but wouldn't want to cut holes for outlets into the dash.
VintageAir uses a single duct mounted to bottom of the dash running side to side so no holes to cut however they route the plumbing thru the R/H kick panel air vent which I'm not too keen on.

'65 Impala SS, Crocus Yellow/blk
327 / 300 L74
M11 3 on the tree
12 bolt 3.31 open dif

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Reg: 05-03-10
07-01-21 12:34 PM - Post#2822454    
    In response to docjns1

I have a complete "dealer installed" AC unit that I removed from my 66 Impala a couple years ago. It still worked last time the car ran, and there was still gas in the system when I removed it from the car. It was mounted under the center of the dashboard and has a couple of plastic ducts that ran outward from there, so if you have a console car with the gauge cluster, it probably would not work for you. I was thinking of "recycling" it and using it in my 55 BelAir, but that is a LONG LONG way off. Send me a PM if you have any interest...
Joe S.


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