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How To Install A Vintage Air A/C - Airi...
How To Install A Vintage Air A/C - Airing It Out
A Cool C2 Vintage Air A/C Install
By Chris Petris, Photography by Chris Petris, Hope Petris
December 26, 2007
To start the project, the original heater plenum case is removed following the service manual info. While the area is clear, the vent door should be checked for proper operation. The vent door uses a foam-rubber seal around its circumference to seal external air from entering the passenger compartment. A leaking seal will dilute the cold A/C and cause condensation. Now is the time to do it as it's impossible to service once the A/C system is in place.
To start the project, the original heater plenum case is removed following the service man
The next step is to install the supplied defroster duct assembly using the original hardware. We had to modify ours slightly to keep the wiper motor arm from hitting the new duct assembly. We modified our duct assembly with a heat gun, then installed and checked for interference when the wipers were on. This is another one of those areas that is difficult to check or modify after the A/C evaporator is installed.
The next step is to install the supplied defroster duct assembly using the original hardwa
The Vintage Air system uses many micro-electrical switches that can be damaged if care isn't taken during installation. The switches are very reliable, but watch for wiring or braces that can catch the switches during installation. We were instructed to install and adjust the temperature-control cables before installing the evaporator assembly.
The Vintage Air system uses many micro-electrical switches that can be damaged if care isn
The evaporator unit goes in under the brace and uses one of the existing glovebox hinge screws to retain it. This is another area to check for wiper-arm interference before final wrap-up to make sure the wiring and cables are clear. We routed the wiring out of the passenger compartment once the unit was in place.
The evaporator unit goes in under the brace and uses one of the existing glovebox hinge sc
Before we ran the hoses out of the firewall opening, we installed the supplied firewall blower motor cover. We used strip caulk to seal the cover to the firewall and then tightened down the cover using the supplied inner bracket.
Before we ran the hoses out of the firewall opening, we installed the supplied firewall bl
Now we install the heater hoses and A/C hoses to the evaporator/heater assembly. The large A/C refrigerant hose (suction side) gets very cold and condenses moisture so it must be taped with press-tite tape to prevent internal water drips. We found it easiest to install the hoses through the cover before installing the hoses.
Now we install the heater hoses and A/C hoses to the evaporator/heater assembly. The large
At the time of this install, we were using an early Vintage Air FrontRunner accessory-drive system so we had to crimp the supplied fittings to the VA hoses. Currently, Vintage Air has improved the kit so the fittings are already crimped on and ready to install whether you're using a V-belt or serpentine-drive belt. Most A/C specialty shops have crimping tools if necessary.
At the time of this install, we were using an early Vintage Air FrontRunner accessory-driv
It takes a little wrangling to get the hoses to align properly as the cover is moved into position. A light coating of silicone spray helped the hoses slide as we positioned the cover. Once the cover is in position, a helper can install the nuts on the inside while the screws are put through from the outside that retain the cover.
It takes a little wrangling to get the hoses to align properly as the cover is moved into
Vintage Air provides a circuit breaker for blower fan high-speed and system protection. We decided to put it in an accessible location on top of the provided cover. Be sure to install the rubber cover that protects the terminals as they have battery voltage all the time. The power-supply lead was connected directly to the starter positive terminal.
Vintage Air provides a circuit breaker for blower fan high-speed and system protection. We
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