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Old 07-10-2018, 10:24 PM   #1
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A/C in a 1965

Hey all, looking for some good advice. I want to put ac in my truck. I've seen the retro air kits. I've also seen trucks with in dash vents. I think that's cool but I have no knowledge as to the best way to proceed. Thanks.
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Old 07-10-2018, 11:48 PM   #2
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Re: A/C in a 1965

Here are a couple threads with info to get you started.

http://www.67-72chevytrucks.com/vboa...uction+AC+vent

http://www.67-72chevytrucks.com/vboa...uction+AC+vent
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Old 07-11-2018, 08:10 AM   #3
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Re: A/C in a 1965

Here are a few shots of my manifold that I make and jims face plate
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Old 07-11-2018, 09:57 AM   #4
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Re: A/C in a 1965

Depends on your goal!

Vintage Air is real hard to beat. I have Old Air Products and it work well too.
I just upgraded my truck to a factory looking ac dash using CorveteeJims vent and NSB29’s manifold. I love the look.

You don’t have to do the vents, the Units come with vents.
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Old 07-12-2018, 09:19 AM   #5
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Re: A/C in a 1965

I use the VintageAir Sure Fit Kit. It did fit as advertised and works well. There were some extra expenses such as pulleys, belts, getting the system charged, and having to upgrade my cooling system to handle the extra demand. Once it was working well I also decided to properly insulate my floor, deal with my leaky wing windows, and get new firewall boots and grommets for the clutch, wiring and etc as all those air leaks really diminish the effect of a/c. My final investment was probably a bit north of 2k but worth every penny to be able to enjoy my truck even in triple digit heat.
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Old 07-15-2018, 06:16 PM   #6
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Re: A/C in a 1965

Any pictures?
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Old 07-15-2018, 10:53 PM   #7
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The first pics show the outlet vents and manifold provided with the kit. The included rotary controls are in the radio delete plate but I opted to purchase the more vintage looking knobs as an option because the rubbery ones in the kit look like they belong in an 80's import car . Under the hood you can see I still have my short waterpump with alternator on drivers side. This was advantageous as it put the compressor on the passengers side negating the need to run the a/c lines across the engine. Next you can see the included block offs for the o.e.m heater. The holes for the heat and air lines were pre-drilled and the hard metal a/c lines were pre-bent too. Lastly there were some wires that had to go to the hot side of the battery so I had to buy a new cable with more pigtails.
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Old 07-15-2018, 11:49 PM   #8
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One more thing worth mentioning is that there was a bit of space between the condenser and my radiator. The biggest gap was at the bottom and in traffic the lack of airflow thru the condenser caused the a/c to short cycle. Instead of going with an electric fan, I opted to cover the air gap with a light piece of tin. Then, I sealed the top with an old rear window gasket and a scrap of rubber fuel line. I also used the old window gasket to line the edges of my fan shroud which effectively sealed it to the radiator. The problem was then solved as the fan was forced to suck air thru the condenser as opposed to thru the gaps. As viewed with the camera under the front bumper area, the first pic shows the light colored tin attached to the radiator saddle mount holes via thru bolts. I removed the rivets in them when the new radiator required me to broaden them to fit the lower tank.
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