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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-06-2011, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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Need AC for 1963 Impala (or discount code)

Need AC for 1963 Impala (or discount code for online purchase)

I have a non-factoryne AC 1963 Impala and I need to add AC.

Looking for a kit, or if anyone has a coupon code for an online seller like Classic Industries or similar.
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-06-2011, 08:46 PM
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I can not remember if they were still using Frigid-Aire compressors back in 1963 or the new A-6 Harrison six piston replacement compressor which was used for the next ten years or so years until they switched over to the scroll compressors (the donut) which would be the best compressor as far as cooling goes.

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post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-06-2011, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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Since it's a non-factory AC car I was thinking a kit from classic auto air or similar would be the best way to go, unless I can find a complete under dash kit for cheap.
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You are probably better off going after market. I've done this around 10 times w/street rods & they always worked great.

They use a Sanden compressor in their kits which is very efficient. I am currently putting a Vintage air unit in my 65 Biscayne, which I am doing a body off.

I have welded all the holes in my firewall & removed thr heater to make it smooth. All the vintage stuff is under the dash...unseen.

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post #5 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-29-2011, 05:19 PM
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Hey Odin,

I'm running into the same issues as you with my 63' Impala as well. It seems like the best way to go is with the under dash kit, but they're all super expensive. Please let me know what you end up going with &/or if you find a decent kit that's fairly inexpensive in comparison, as I'm having no luck.
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Hey Odin,

I'm running into the same issues as you with my 63' Impala as well. It seems like the best way to go is with the under dash kit, but they're all super expensive. Please let me know what you end up going with &/or if you find a decent kit that's fairly inexpensive in comparison, as I'm having no luck.

I bought the Classic Auto Air "Perfect Fit" 1963 Impala kit. About $1500, and the instructions leave a lot to be desired. But it seems to be a very complete solution. I'm in the process of installing it.
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Very curious as to fit and function. I too am looking into one of these units for a '61.

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So far everything has fit really well, once I figured out the parts that the instructions don't explain clearly.

I've only been working an hour or two at a time a couple nights a week, so I probably won't have it up and running for several more days at least.

They told me an experienced tech can install the system in 18 hours, so it's not a quick and easy install. But it hasn't been really difficult, just time consuming taking everything apart and putting it back together.
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Every once and a while Classic Industries has a 20% off sale. They send me emails about it, so get on their mailing list and wait for the chance, if you are not in a hurry.



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....Classic Industries currently has a 20% special till Aug 8th at midnight.
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The Classic Auto Air kit was not that difficult to install. Would have been easier with a few tweaks to their instructions, but having done it once I could do another in a day.

The problem is that they sold me a compressor (made in China) that the threads on the hose fitting crumbled into pieces when I attached the hose (by hand, not with a wrench). Cheap pot metal I guess, I just got a bad one.

No problem, they told em they would send me a replacement, bill my CC, and credit me back when I returned the defective compressor.

They sent me a new compressor, I installed it, everything worked. I returned the defective compressor the same day. Classic Auto Air got it back and signed for it. Then they shipped it back to me, and told me that they would not honor what they told me on the phone and they would not refund my CC for the additional compressor.

So I paid for a whole kit PLUS an additional compressor, plus the freight to ship back the bad compressor.

They reasoning was... "The supplier of the compressors has their return policy and I am held to their decisions. We are required to send the compressor to them and they then determine what caused the failure. On the Sanden compressors, it is always an “Installation Error”
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Customer service FAIL!
Call the credit card company and get the charges reversed. Selling you defective products is reason enough for that!



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Customer service FAIL!
Call the credit card company and get the charges reversed. Selling you defective products is reason enough for that!

Tried that, Classic Auto Air fought me and beat me on it. I considered it a $300 lesson that I will never do business with them again.

It's a shame, because I would have been an advocate for their company based on I liked the product, if I had a good customer service experience. I have an automotive business and we work on multiple cars a day, many of them classics. You can bet I don't send anyone to Classic Auto Air after my experience. And I'm in Dallas, same as Classic Auto Air.
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Change the credit card. I do not know the details of your specific case, but in my case it is not often where I call cc for things like disputing a charge (maybe once since I got my current card over 10 years ago). If they can't work with you, they won't have your business. Worst case scenario, you will be applying for new card. But there is a possibility that they will make a deal with you splitting the cost or something. Remember that they are getting more profits from your monthly charges on the cc than this $300 dispute.

To me it is kinda weird that if you are a professional with your own shop that they can dismiss your claims stating user error as a cause. It is not like me, an IT guy, tries to dispute the stripped bolts trying to install something. :-)
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post #15 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-16-2012, 09:42 AM
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Sanderson compressors are chosen because they are the cheapest to buy and stick into any kit. If Classic "knows" this to be an issue (not willing to go to the vendor with a valid claim) it should request that the maker of the kit use a different bracket and compressor. Other wise I advise buying GM parts and making your own hoses and finding an under dash evaporator-blower housing that many sell.

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Wow. How disappointing. I installed Classic Auto Air, but don't have it running yet....
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Tried that, Classic Auto Air fought me and beat me on it. I considered it a $300 lesson that I will never do business with them again.

It's a shame, because I would have been an advocate for their company based on I liked the product, if I had a good customer service experience. I have an automotive business and we work on multiple cars a day, many of them classics. You can bet I don't send anyone to Classic Auto Air after my experience. And I'm in Dallas, same as Classic Auto Air.
Here is one customer they just lost because of that.

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a/'c

Bought my 64 last july, drove it home in 105 degrees heat, no fun.

Purchased everything needed for under dash air from Southern Rods at the Street rod nationals in Louisville last August, got it installed, blows ICE COLD, instantly. Paid 635.00 including a chrome air compressor. My bud charged me about 275.00 to do the install.
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