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Aftermarket A/C systems

Fixed water leak, welding is done, I'm having a local shop rewire my GTO with an American Auto Highway 22 kit. (Wife offered/suggested since I'm partiality color blind). My next major task will be to install an after market A/C

I would like to install an electric a/c panel control, but don't want it to look tacky. I'm looking at both vintage air and old air products because I want the electronic control and don't believe classic auto air offers that feature. Unfortunately, none of the above companies offer a kit for a 69 GTO.

If you have an aftermarket A/C please let me know if you are satisfied or had any issues with the system on your GTO(any year).

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Vintage Air in my 64 for about 4 years now, works great!

https://www.gtoforum.com/f12/vintage-...stalled-20632/

They make GTO kits now, when I had mine installed I had to use a Chevelle kit.

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I'm so torn, the term "Muscle Car" implies no frills~ all motor, meaning nothing like A/C to rob power. But now in my old age, I wouldn't mind the comfort.
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I'm so torn, the term "Muscle Car" implies no frills~ all motor, meaning nothing like A/C to rob power. But now in my old age, I wouldn't mind the comfort.
The GTO is my daily driver and I'm currently stationed in FL. I can get by without it, but would prefer it.

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From what I've seen, the VIntage Air uses the original control head, with modern high tech controls behind the head, out of sight. I've seen several installs, and it doesn't look tacky. The dash controls look 100% stock. Nice set up. Also, talking to the owners of the cars, the Vintage Air cools better than the original bulky and antiquated AC system. I'm with Rukee: I like my cars as I would have ordered them new: nothing but the Go Fast stuff as extra equipment. That said, in my old age, AC would be nice, now that I'm in a hot climate. My '65 didn't even come with power steering....it was added long ago, and I only found out when I got the PHS a few years back. It's staying, though!! Getting old is ROUGH!!
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Getting old is ROUGH!!
I agree, but it is better than the alternative, getting dead.


I want to upgrade to an electric system instead of cables.

No company has a system made for a 69 GTO

Vintage air suggested the following:

The 70-78 Camaro measures 6 ” wide by 2 3/8” tall and can be seen on page 19.

or

The Cutlass control is 6 ” wide by 1 5/8” tall and can be seen on page 27.

http://www.vintageair.com/



Old air has the following control in 4 ” by 2" in black or aluminum:

http://www.oldairproducts.com/catalo...ol-p-3590.html







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i just completed the install of the classic auto air system, i'm very critical when it comes to looks and originality but i can say the classic air system looks great, no issues there, but one thing the compressor i got with it was really ulgy looking very tarnished cheap looking alloy/metal case, but after a few hours buffing it now looks real nice, i think they sell a polished alloy compressor i would get that one if you were to buy there system, or chrome if your into the bling...otherwise its all looking good....
there were quite a few things missing from instructions but i got thru it anyone can !...i got it gassed up yesterday and it blows really strong and cool, there is only 2 cables are they are no issue and probably more reliable than electronics
i do have one problem though the ac case mounted under dash had condensation on it after 10 minutes running in my garage , i have not had car out for any drives yet, but i am concerned if it condensates more after longer drives it may start dripping water onto carpet that wouldn't be good... not sure what to do about this but am thinking about getting a custom made insulated cover made at a motor trimmer to go over the box under dash , hopefully this will stop condensation....still testing and getting used to controls but overall its a good system, just got to sort out the condensation issue.....
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I had a condensate problem with mine on the Power Tour, but I'm not positive yet if it was coming off/out of the box or leaking at the condensate drain hose connection going through the firewall.

One thing I wasn't happy with though was how well it cooled on the trip. With the outside temps above 95 degrees, it just didn't get the job done very well. The air was just barely cool, and the air flow coming out of the outlets just wasn't enough, even with the fan running on the highest speed. If this is the best it's going to do, I'm going to have to seriously consider trying to resurrect my original factory system.

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