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Vintage Air A/C Conversion for 1st Gen Rivieras

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The unit slides in pretty easy for me.  My concern is where to mount it at.  Using their supplied brackets wont work, Im going to be making my own.  The two at the dash side seem easy enough I can mount them to the dash runners, its the one on the firewall side Im puzzled by.  Im thinking self tapping screw into the base of the cowl, rather then popping a hole in my flat firewall.  Having a lonely bolt in the middle of the firewall would just look weird, sorry if that sounds OCD (it is)

 

Can one of you guys confirm that the cover by the fan/fittings comes off and stays off?  Im assuming thats only for shipping?  The instructions call out removing it but I dont see it being put back on anywhere.

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I left the cover on as I thought it might quiet the noise of the fan.  Picture is without the cover.  Really don't have a good picture of the firewall but I see the bolt you are talking about.  You could paint it black or maybe weld a stud to the firewall.

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Back to the top... For anyone considering making this conversion, it is 90 degrees and 90 % humidity down here in Texas. 

 

We took the Riv out for a long ride after the rain stopped today and I was comfortable and my wife was cold.

 

Thats the kind of A/C I like.

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I have a Gen IV system in my 65 installed by the previous owner, and it seems to work reasonably well. Not much air out of the center vent, but the two barrel vents do pretty good. Only thing that I REALLY want are slide controls; just not fond of the rotary controls. A new set is pretty pricey, though.

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The control panels arent that bad, and are plug an play except for mounting.  If your air from the center vents isnt great I would stick my head under and see how they hooked it up.  The center vent connection is weird because you have to go from a round hole on the AC unit to a rectangular flat vent in the dash and it takes some engineering.  Depending on how he did it something might have popped off

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11 hours ago, alini said:

The control panels arent that bad, and are plug an play except for mounting.  If your air from the center vents isnt great I would stick my head under and see how they hooked it up.  The center vent connection is weird because you have to go from a round hole on the AC unit to a rectangular flat vent in the dash and it takes some engineering.  Depending on how he did it something might have popped off

I pulled it out recently, and the hose was completely off. They had attached it with foil type a/c tape. All I had was duct tape, so I reattached it with it, and it does get air out, just not a lot. It's about the only way to attach a round hose to a square box though. 

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Vintage air makes a duct that goes from oval to flat.   Its flat enough to fit inside the factory rectangle.  With a little engineering you can get it mounted inside and tape it up then.  Give a better flow

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When I did mine I bought a VA dual outlet and removed the duct adapters from the back. I can't remember exactly if I modified anything but they fit the back of the Buick center vent pretty well. I attached the VA pieces with silicone and it worked great. Unfortunately no photos...

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