A/C install

Discussion in 'General Ranchero Help' started by lanny, Jan 9, 2020.

  1. lanny

    lanny In Second Gear

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    I am going to install an aftermarket A/C in my '73 500 with 351C, 2V and would like some tips and comments regarding Classic Air, Vintage Air, or others, what problems I might anticipate, and what parts/kits may cost. There is no factory A/C in the car so I will be starting from scratch.
     
  2. handy_andy_cv64

    handy_andy_cv64 In Maximum Overdrive SILVER MEMBER

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    First question we'd need an answer to: are you wanting to install the factory-style parts (evaporator case, ducting, etc.) or just the Mark IV-style underdash unit? As far as compressor choices go, they're all similar to the Sanden compressors; you just need a bracket and pulley kit to drive it.
     
  3. pmrphil

    pmrphil In Overdrive GOLD MEMBER

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    I looked pretty hard at both before deciding on the Classic Air - my biggest reason was that the Vintage heater box is glued shut, and if you ever need to replace the heater core (which I've heard is frequent :mad:) you need to cut the box apart. The Classic setup went together fairly well, instructions were good, and the fit was about as good as could be expected.
     
  4. lanny

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    Handy Andy, I am looking at the under-dash type. pmrphil, about what might I expect for cost?
     
  5. pmrphil

    pmrphil In Overdrive GOLD MEMBER

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    I didn't do the under dash deal, mine was in place of the original heater box. Cost? maybe $1100 or so.
     

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