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Username Post: Aftermarket A/C recommendations        (Topic#370410)
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Reg: 07-19-20
12-18-22 09:30 PM - Post#2851419    

Can anyone recommend an A/C kit to install in Biscayne with a BB?
Any pictures of the interior?



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12-19-22 05:21 PM - Post#2851465    
    In response to Halnas66

Vintage Air sells an under-dash unit. Something like that would have been available as a dealer installed option. The down side is, with an in cabin evap, you need a condensate drain. As of now I still plan to go with that option. At first I wanted to modify things to have the OE system with the firewall case but you lose the killer floor vents if you do that and a couple of the stamped serial numbers are around the blower motor cowl opening and a second not too far away.

Classic Auto Air sells a pretty good looking kit but my issue with it is you need to cut the original dash to install the AC vents. At least for my 68 that makes it look close to original but it's not original. If you ever wanted to reverse the surgery it wouldn't be easy once you cut holes in the dash.

Especially for a Biscayne, typically low optioned and now harder to find, I would modify as little as possible. For me that would mean an under dash unit. I've also seen those installed with the factory OE brackets and compressor. I like that because it looks original but anything you do to the brackets/compressor would be bolt-on/ bolt-off.

Where are you from and how often during the year do you really need AC? That should have some weight in the decision making process as well IMO.


Rick Dorion 
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Rick Dorion
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12-20-22 03:45 AM - Post#2851477    
    In response to toro455

I'm with you, Scott, with the under dash unit. I spoke with the vendor at the Syracuse Nats and came away liking that option.

1967 Belair - LM7 5.3, Autogear M23Z, Global West, C5 brakes and rims.

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12-21-22 06:46 AM - Post#2851507    
    In response to Halnas66

I'm getting a Vintage Air unit installed this week on my '65 Impala. I'll let you know how it goes and post some pics.

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12-21-22 08:03 AM - Post#2851509    
    In response to Magnetocheck

I would be interested to see what you do for a mounting bracket, the drain and the a bulkhead plate in the firewall.



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