View Full Version : Vintage Air install overview.

05-22-2007, 11:09 PM
I thought Id share highlights, along with a quick product review. I did take more pictures, and can share these and my experience, and more details with others if they wish.
I considered several routes, but settled on purchasing the whole she-bang from Vintage Air. I researched prices local, and on line, and found the local Vintage Air dealer offered equal, or in most cases, better prices. Plus, the local dealer is operated by a friend, and trusted A-1 mechanic, who offered his expertise to my project.
I went with the MK- IV evaporator. Maybe it was introduced a few years after the car was built, but it allowed my to keep the stock defroster, glove box, radio, heater control valve, and all the under dash stuff intact, verses the in dash unit I had considered.
It fit nicely. I did fabricate more hefty brackets however.
The condenser was the largest (excluding one monster one) one they offered, at about 14"X 24"it fit perfect.
Again, I fabricated better brackets, the top mounted to the cross brace like it was made for it BTW.
The compressor brackets fit very will, and the alignment was almost perfect. I did trim the mount in a couple of spots to clear the Stude castings. The idler /tensioning pulley required 2 thin washers to satisfy me. I attribute this to differences in stock castings.
I special ordered a 48", male by male #6 aluminum U-bend-um tube from Vintage, for the liquid line from the condenser to the firewall bulk head fitting, much cleaner that way.
The radiator bulkhead is a double wall deal on this car, so getting the lines through was tricky, but not too difficult.
Over all impressions, the Vintage Air stuff is top notch in my book. IT WORKS GREAT.
The car just got back from the upholsters, now only the CD player install is left , and we are ready for South Bend.

Riverside, Ca.
1957 Provincial X2
1958 Transtar

Dick Steinkamp
05-23-2007, 12:57 AM
Nice post Ross. Thanks [^].

Jack Chisenhall, the pres of Vintage Air, has run his '53 Starliner at Bonneville at 219 MPH...with the AC on [:0].

Check the video at the top of their home page...



05-23-2007, 01:17 AM
I got to see a seminar a few years back at Ididit (makers of aftermarket steering columns) in Tecumseh, MI. Rick Love, the VP of Marketing was there. Pretty impressive stuff. I'm looking at one of those systems as well.

Tom - Valrico, FL

1964 Studebaker Daytona


05-23-2007, 06:11 AM
Hi Ross! Our friend Guardrail is a Vintage Air dealer. Did'ja?? Juss wunnerin'. He helped me finish up a Mini Gen II install recently -- on the type of car we'll not speak of here...

Glad yawl get to go to South Bend. We miss you guys... We'll ketchup with yas soon.

Faster than a rusting bullet... Gopher Grove, CA

05-23-2007, 01:09 PM
Yep- got the goods from Guardrail Willie. I found out Vintage offers a lot of items not listed in the catalog.

Riverside, Ca.
1957 Provincial X2
1958 Transtar

John Kirchhoff
05-23-2007, 03:50 PM
219 mph...I'd need the AC on too because going that fast would of had me sweating bullets!

05-23-2007, 08:55 PM
Vintage has done so many of the C/K's, including his own, why is it, when I email them for info on a system to fit my '53 they tell me to call with all the dimensions?