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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 11:54 pm 
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Who has used a Vintage Air/302/AOD combo, tell me all about it.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2015 8:29 am 
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I used Southern Air in the wagon and I also have a 302 and it works ok but if I had it to do over I spend the extra money and use Vintage Air.

I have Vintage Air in my '32 Ford and and it works great.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 10:56 am 
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Thanks Danny,
As I understand the Vintage Air product line, they don't have a specific product model that is architected specifically for, in my case, a 54 Customline, 2dr sedan. If that is correct, has anyone used a specific model with little or no modification to the unit or car, and had good performance from the end result? I'm also guessing that with any Vintage Air type solution, certain modifications would be required for plumbling and firewall cleanup. Can anyone shed light on the How-Too's?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 12:47 pm 
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Yeah Ron,I doubt anyone is making a unit specifically for the '54 Fords so a universal unit is probably your best bet.

This is a universal unit mounted in the wagon.

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I tried to make the air unit appear as though it was a factory installation had they offered it as a option in '54.

Our wagon was a heater delete so I opted for a combination heat & air unit.

I purchased a set of bulkhead fittings for heat & air to route through the firewall.

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I hammered a flat area in the concave area of the dash to fit the vents on the drivers and passenger side of the dash.

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This is what the end result looked like after drilling and cutting the dash to fit the vents.

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The finished product.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 1:35 pm 
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Danny that is the best installation I have seen. I have been looking for an after market kit but as yet have not found one. I have started gathering parts but the only compressor bracket I have found is priced out of this world. I am hoping when we get to the convention I will see and take a photo of what I want. see you there. Cliff

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You could just use all stock parts if your 302 came with A/C you could buy the underdash unit of your choice and have a local A/C shop make up the hoses. I went for a retro look and my whole A/C system is from a '65 Mustang all stock brackets,and compressor and condenser and under dash unit. Total cost $320 and it put out 38 degree air at 105 outside temp in Phoenix.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2015 7:21 am 
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Jeff B wrote:
You could just use all stock parts if your 302 came with A/C you could buy the underdash unit of your choice and have a local A/C shop make up the hoses. I went for a retro look and my whole A/C system is from a '65 Mustang all stock brackets,and compressor and condenser and under dash unit. Total cost $320 and it put out 38 degree air at 105 outside temp in Phoenix.


Gotta love that.

The only time I ever physically hurt myself from merely touching a car was in Phoenix....tripped and almost fell and braced myself on the fender of a dark colored rental car and got a second degree burn on my hand.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2015 9:26 pm 
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I've got a tired old 239. But thanks I put all that in my log book. Does anyone have a count on the convention? Cliff

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Thanks guys for continuing the thread, I got distracted and missed the last few posts. Catching up, I must agree with Cliff, Danny's installation is about as clean as you'll ever see. That said, you can't beat Jeff's setup either.

Jeff, how hard was it to find a donor 65 mustang with a good AC setup. As you may recall, my 302 is set up like a 68 mustang (haven't done the swap yet, but the engine is ready), so if I could find one, I assume I could go the same way.

Anyone else out there with a story to tell? I'm all ears, or is it just big ears, either way, i'm listening again.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2015 4:17 pm 
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Vintage air offers kits for the early Mustangs.

http://www.oldairproducts.com/catalog/1 ... 32092.html

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