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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-29-2019, 08:57 AM Thread Starter
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Under dash A/C units.

Anyone have experience with these? Iíve been thinking about adding A/C to my 66 Biscayne while doing the 6.0 swap but canít find reviews of them in our cars. Iíve been looking at Vintage Airís slimline unit. Everyone seems to love their standard kits so I figured this would be good also. Can anyone give reviews of these? Thanks.


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I have a Vintage Air Magnum under my dash. It fits without issue and works well. I was not happy with the provided control knobs and upgraded to the tapered aluminum ones. The provided knobs have pointers in the wrong place. A small complaint but it's a detail that irritated me.
On a big car like an Impala, I wouldn't try to get by with a smaller unit. The Magnum kit takes up less space than the OE.
I'd also recommend not keeping and adapting the OE controls. Just rip out everything including the 50+ year old vacuum controls.

1969 Imapala convertible build thread here:
https://www.pro-touring.com/threads/...ghlight=impala
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Thanks. Do you have any pics you can share of your set up?


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I have a Vintage Air Magnum under my dash. It fits without issue and works well. I was not happy with the provided control knobs and upgraded to the tapered aluminum ones. The provided knobs have pointers in the wrong place. A small complaint but it's a detail that irritated me.

On a big car like an Impala, I wouldn't try to get by with a smaller unit. The Magnum kit takes up less space than the OE.

I'd also recommend not keeping and adapting the OE controls. Just rip out everything including the 50+ year old vacuum controls.


I looked into the Magnum system you have and itís not quite what I was looking at doing. Iím wanting the self contained unit that attaches under the dash like the one in the pic I attached. I may be looking at it wrong but it looks like yours is more the standard A/C style where you have to cut holes for vents where the factory air cars already have vents. Is this correct?


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Not at all. Mine fits under the dash and uses the factory vents.
There are some details about installing it starting on this page:
https://www.pro-touring.com/threads/...ghlight=impala

1969 Imapala convertible build thread here:
https://www.pro-touring.com/threads/...ghlight=impala
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Not at all. Mine fits under the dash and uses the factory vents.

There are some details about installing it starting on this page:

https://www.pro-touring.com/threads/...ghlight=impala


I read through that thread but didnít see your ac unit itself.

Any others with experience with the under dash units?


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