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Add Air Conditioning to your Old Car. It’s Easy.

HOT ROD logo HOT ROD 6/16/2017 Hot Rod Network Staff
01-vintage-air-lucky-costa-fury© Hot Rod Network Staff 01-vintage-air-lucky-costa-fury

It used to be that one of the first things you'd trash from your performance car was the air conditioning system, assuming your car had it, of course. It's understandable, too, because the parts for most A/C systems were huge and heavy: big cast iron compressors, massive condensers, and evaporators big enough to keep an industrial meat locker cold. Such isn't the case any more. In the past decade or so, those heavy parts have been replaced with small, light aluminum compressors, compact lines, and more efficient heat exchangers. Better still, the compressors don't rob power from your engine the way the older units did, and the stuff is so good, many race cars like the Pratt and Miller built C6R and C75 Corvettes that compete endurance races like the 24 Hours of LeMans have air conditioning to keep the drivers and interior electronic components reasonably cool. So why not take advantage of some of this technology and add (or reinstall!) air conditioning to your older car? We followed along as Hot Rod Garage co-host, Lucky Costa, installed this Vintage Air underdash system in his 1966 Fury Wagon, and were impressed with how easy the job was.

<p>The kit Lucky installed in the Fury is Vintage Air’s Heritage Series Underdash system. It’s a universal kit for air conditioning only. Vintage Air also has a variety of direct fit kits to add A/C and/or heat to your car in compact units that usually install completely out of sight behind the dash, should that suit your needs. Lucky chose this system because the Fury’s heater works fine, and he likes the old-school look of the under-dash installation.</p>

The kit Lucky installed in the Fury is Vintage Air’s Heritage Series Underdash system. It’s a universal kit for air conditioning only. Vintage Air also has a variety of direct fit kits to add A/C and/or heat to your car in compact units that usually install completely out of sight behind the dash, should that suit your needs. Lucky chose this system because the Fury’s heater works fine, and he likes the old-school look of the under-dash installation.

© Hot Rod Network Staff

Parts List

DescriptionP/NSourcePrice
Heritage Series Underdash System674011Vintage Air$415.97
A/C hose crimper71550Mastercool$145.00

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