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Did anyone Install aftermarket A/C into a '68 GTO?

The climate here is mostly hot and I really need A/C in anycar that I would drive, I seached all over for a perfect fit A/C kit for my '68 GTO but it seems there isn't any, only the "generic" kits, anyone tried installing these kits in a '68-'72 GTO before? .. I'm not sure if its possible at all, or even if it would need alot of fabrications/modifications.
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Contact Vintage Air they are SAID to be the best bet.



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I don't have a 68 but I do have Vintage Air in my car. I had an installer put it in, he used the chevelle kit with different vents, it fits very nicely.

Hot Rod Air offers systems as well and most I have chatted with say the quality is the same as Vintage: Hot Rod Air - Quality Air Conditioning Systems and Component Parts

Both are within 3 miles of my house

BTW, my installer adapted my controls to work with the Vintage unit. If my car had had vents, they would have plugged in to them as well.

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I plan on putting Vintage air in my resto-Goat. I have the lap vents, and the dash "eye ball vents" which I will install into the car (non-factory AC). Aftermarket AC fits under the dash, and is supposed to cool better, and have a better compressor......



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Eric...I can't speak for factory but I can tell you the Vintage Air unit is awesome...fringe benefits equal AC defroster/heater too

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Sounds good to me...if it cools in Texas, it should cool in NY..



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The newer systems are far less complex, have less components, are less bulky, lighter and cool better than the primitive original AC. They also use R134 refrigerant, which is readily available and doesn't cost a mint.
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The restoration shop I'm using specializes in classic Pontiacs, and is a dealer for Classic Auto Air, so I'm going with one of their systems.
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I just started putting a vintage system in my 65 tonight, a couple of things came up- the unit is MUCH larger than a stock unit because the whole thing sits inside the car , I will have to cut my glove box down for it to fit, there is no way to attach the supplied defroster vents so I had to cut the originals and frankenstein em to the heat duct, even pushing the unit up as far as I can to the underside of the dash it still seems to low- and I had to move my fuse box that I had located above the tranny hump. I am sure these things are the norm with an aftermarket generic system
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Can't speak to all of it but I did lose quite a bit of glove box on my installation, I was warned up front. My fuse box remains in the same position as before the installation (just left of the tanny hump).

For what it's worth, the guy that installed mine used the Chevelle kit...claimed it was a better fit.

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