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Old 08-07-2018, 10:09 AM   #1
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Question Adding Air

My truck is about stripped & ready to head to the paint shop. Thinking seriously of adding Vintage Air & Heat afterwards. Been talking with a vintage air dealer in regards to installing compressor bracket on passenger side of my 292. Waiting for a return phone call from someone who builds their L6 brackets. My other situation is the air vents. I'm thinking I have a few options, but would greatly appreciate any feed back from anyone who has done this.
1. Truck is stripped, glass and all. best time to install an air dash.
2. Cut the holes and install original air ports.
3. I understand you can buy small chrome ones with the vintage air.
Does anyone have an opinion and/or past experience doing this change?
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Old 08-07-2018, 10:22 AM   #2
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Re: Adding Air

Mine is at the shop right now installing the VA surefit and I can give you my feed back when its done. I went with the in dash vents. Mine is a non air truck.
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Old 08-07-2018, 01:40 PM   #3
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Re: Adding Air

Of course mine is a non air also, I'm just checking my options. Did you pull the heater box and weld up the holes in the firewall first? I would love to see pictures of yours when done and a report also. I take it your having it installed, was there much of a price difference between that and doing it yourself? Please keep us posted. Thanks for the reply also.
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Old 08-09-2018, 09:13 AM   #4
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Re: Adding Air

I did exactly what you are talking about doing. I have a non-a/c cab, and wanted it to look factory. I used Vintage Air, and put the factory round vents in the dash along with the center vent above the radio.

My suggestion? Cut the holes for the outlets prior to paint. Also, since the cab is bare, make a metal filler plate and weld it into the firewall. Also, pre-mount your a/c unit in the cab, and have all your holes and mounting pre-figured out prior to paint. Then, you simply install the bolts and bits and you're off... I did mine this way. Will try to post a couple of pictures for you.

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Old 08-09-2018, 01:16 PM   #5
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I did exactly what you are talking about doing. I have a non-a/c cab, and wanted it to look factory. I used Vintage Air, and put the factory round vents in the dash along with the center vent above the radio.

My suggestion? Cut the holes for the outlets prior to paint. Also, since the cab is bare, make a metal filler plate and weld it into the firewall. Also, pre-mount your a/c unit in the cab, and have all your holes and mounting pre-figured out prior to paint. Then, you simply install the bolts and bits and you're off... I did mine this way. Will try to post a couple of pictures for you.

Good Luck!!
Very sound advice! Did mine the same way other than mounting the unit. If you pre mount the unit you will be certain it fits properly and wont have to drill through your new paint.
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Old 08-09-2018, 04:54 PM   #6
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Re: Adding Air

Beautiful Truck, that sounds like a plan. The only problem is it's about time to go to the shop and I haven't bought the air yet. I'm always doing things back ass wards. I would like to see the pictures though. Thanks for the advice.
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Old 08-09-2018, 05:16 PM   #7
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Speaking only from personal experience.... It's less expensive to buy the unit first, and do all the fit up, than to modify and run the risk of having to touch up paint later.... And, I am speaking from experience. That's why I mounted mine and fixed the firewall prior to going to final bodywork and paint. Even if you install everything, vents, radio, the works and take it out for paint and then re-install it later, it will save you grief down the road.

At least it did for me. Here's the firewall during build.
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Old 08-10-2018, 08:42 AM   #8
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Re: Adding Air

Thanks for the picture of the firewall. Not only do you have a nice truck, but a nice clean work area also. Love the interior also.
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Old 08-10-2018, 08:49 AM   #9
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Thanks for the picture of the firewall. Not only do you have a nice truck, but a nice clean work area also. Love the interior also.
Thanks for the kind words. Yes, when I built the house, I tried to plan reasonable garage space. My oldest boy and I built all the cabinetry in the garage, and I have way too much of it, but I like it anyway. And, if I knew how much I would use the lifts, I would have had one 30 years ago. They are extremely handy.

Good luck with your truck!
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Old 08-10-2018, 10:07 AM   #10
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Re: Adding Air

I'd be interested to see what kind of compressor bracket you come up with for the 292. I'm going to put AC in my 68 and finding a compressor bracket for the 292 seems to be an obstacle. None of the AC vendors that I've checked with offer one.
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