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Old 06-23-2018, 08:48 PM   #801
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Re: S10 Swap how to

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What size of the square tubing was used to make the cab mounts?
If you want to use the square tube technique, it's 4x4 11ga tube. See my build thread for how I made them. Post #82

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Old 07-10-2018, 10:35 AM   #802
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So I've been going through this thread and I was wondering if you had any advice for hooking up an AC system in these trucks. Like what you need and any tips for how to do it.

I'm new to this but this whole thread was so good I just had to say thank you for it. I got a 51 with half an a frame already on it and have been trying to get everything to fit right. This was a huge help!

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Old 07-10-2018, 09:13 PM   #803
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Re: S10 Swap how to

on the AC. the correct thing to do is vintage air, I use the compac and not a sure-fit. I can do it much cheaper (about $900) and customize it to the truck. not only that, that under dash plenum just looks stupid! that being said, you could go with a more budget friendly under dash unit (about $600). just remember, you get what you pay for.
you cannot re-purpose the s10 AC (it's been tried). I get all my AC parts on ebay. you want a universal 19x22 condenser (usually 80-90 bucks) and a hose kit w/drier (80-100 depending) then go to oreillys to have your hose ends crimped. I have gauges and a 20lb bottle of 134A so I do my own charging.
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Old 07-11-2018, 07:59 AM   #804
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Yea I don't like that under the dash system either lol. I saw a 54 in here that used a vintage air compac, how would you fit the duct work and vents ? I couldn't see any from the interior picture of that 54.


Also what do you do as far as a brace inside the front outer fenders. Usually that bolts to the radiator shroud but can you do that with the radiator in the shroud ?

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Old 07-11-2018, 12:42 PM   #805
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100% agree, use a compac unit, not the surefit. The sure fit IMO is very unprofessional looking for the cost. Plus you can piece it all together as you go if money is an issue, and you can do it for less than buying a complete kit.

Your next issue will be compressor and bracket. dep on engine used that will change and again IMO the brackets are overpriced. but if you want to spend $125 and be done with it (for an LS bracket) then go for it, or build your own.
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Old 07-11-2018, 02:15 PM   #806
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Re: S10 Swap how to

This it timely information for me, as I plan on putting in AC as one of the next major projects. I fully agree about the plenums. They look like they are from a mid '70's Chevy Caprice or something. They don't match the architecture of these trucks at all.

Kwik Performance makes a bracket that works with a mini compressor (I believe Sanden SD7B10) that puts the compressor in front of the passenger side head instead of to the side of it. That way you don't need to cut into the inner fender-at least not as much. I have not bought or installed it but it is probably the route I will go.

Chris, do you have any pics of the plenums you have put together?
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Old 07-11-2018, 02:21 PM   #807
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J Hall: there's room for the ducting fits up there. as for vents, use vintage air round surface mount vents. mount them high on the kickpanel. so it's out of the line of sight.

as far as the core support, if you read the first few pages carefully you'll see that you can still bolt the fenders to the core support.
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Old 07-11-2018, 09:10 PM   #808
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Iíll look into those vents. Thank you again for the responses and all this information ! Iím sure Iíll have more questions later on but for now I appreciate the help !
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