Tech Topic: Is an Electric Compressor a Good Option for My Hot Rod?
Over the years, we have received a number of questions regarding electric compressors, and whether or not they are available through Vintage Air. Since the 1990s, our engineers have tested numerous electric compressors as part of Vintage Air's comprehensive research and development program, and we have used them in several all-electric vehicle applications, including the 1990s-era Ford TH!NK.
With that being said, Vintage Air is committed to selling only the best-performing aftermarket air conditioning components. As a result, at this time we do not offer an electric compressor in our catalog because we do not recommend their use in your muscle car or hot rod.
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a mock-up of each universal unit using cardboard
When purchasing a Universal
System for a vehicle it is important that you determine
if you have the space available to install this unit.
We will be able to give you a general guideline as to
the capacity of each unit to cool and heat certain vehicles,
but we are not looking under your dash.
Since each vehicle has unique characteristics
under the dash, the salesperson must rely on you, the
consumer to tell us what will fit best in your
Each Universal Evaporator page has
overall dimensional drawings that will represent the outermost
measurements of these units. You can use these dimensions
to create a cardboard “mockup” of the evaporator. If you
can fit your mock-up behind your dash
without any interference, the actual unit will fit just
applications will require slight modifications to the
underside of the dash or firewall to make the final installation.
Note: Remember most of the vehicles we deal
with were never designed to have air conditioning in the
first place. It is very important to bear in mind
when modifying a vehicle that no one set of standards
exist and not everyone will do the installation the same
How to Air Condition Your Hot Rod
This updated edition of the original book, written back in 1993,not only tells you how to plan an install, but gives you the understanding and basic knowledge about a complete air conditioning system. This book explains the science of the refrigerant, the importance of insulation, and how controlling humidity and heat levels inside the car affects the overall function of an air conditioning system. This eleven chapter, 144-page book explains about the major components that make up a complete air conditioning system, along with planning a complete system install. The installs start with planning a layout and an understanding as to where to mount each component. There's even a section that explains how to make sure you have a large enough radiator with optimal air flow to ensure proper functioning of your air conditioning. Three complete installs are outlined in this book, including installing air conditioning in a traditional street rod, muscle car, and a pick-up truck install. These installations are step-by-step from installing the condenser in front of the radiator, mounting the compressor and compressor bracket, hose routing, installing the evaporator behind the dash, and installing or modifying existing controls. The final chapter of the book gives you the details of charging a new system and basic trouble shooting. This 30,000 word, easy-to-understand, 350 color photo book is a must have for any automotive enthusiast interested in learning about and understanding automotive air conditioning and the proper way to install a complete system.