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Old February 4th, 2009, 12:00 AM
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Has anyone retrofitted AC in a Series II?

Is this even possible to retrofit AC or was it even an option for a Series II?
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Old February 4th, 2009, 07:05 AM
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I used to have A/C in a Santana S3, it was a complete
adaptation, nothing OEM. It was ugly but effective (and
necesary down here...).
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Old February 4th, 2009, 07:16 AM
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There's a company called Vintage Air, I think they're in Texas. They have lots of stuff that looks good in older vehicles. They pretty much specialize in adapting stuff to whatever you have.

http://www.vintageair.com/Universalapps1.asp
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Old February 4th, 2009, 10:59 AM
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There's a company called Vintage Air, I think they're in Texas. They have lots of stuff that looks good in older vehicles. They pretty much specialize in adapting stuff to whatever you have.

http://www.vintageair.com/Universalapps1.asp
Thank you. From this site I was able to find a local guy here who says he would be more then willing to fabricate a system for a Series.
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I have a brand new Vintage Air complete system that we bought to install into a SIIA, but the customer backed out.
I have no use for it and would sell it all (control, comp. cond, evap, hoses, etc) for 700. to get it out of the shop.
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Mike - Have you every considered using Vintage Air parts to re-work or re-engineer the 93 NAS system? I was thinking about giving it a go but didn't want to wade into something someone else already tried.
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Old February 4th, 2009, 12:38 PM
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Mike - Have you every considered using Vintage Air parts to re-work or re-engineer the 93 NAS system? I was thinking about giving it a go but didn't want to wade into something someone else already tried.

I battled with the NAS 110 system years ago, found a bunch of NOS parts from Wynns (makers of the system) and tried this that and the other thing with street rod parts. In the end the fact that the heater core and the AC evap are in the same box make the system suck. The better solution IMO is the 90 style system. The only down side of it being passenger leg room.
They can still be made to work, but to get them into 100% shape and working well takes a lot of time in labor and searching out parts.
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Interesting, I was wondering what the major weakness of the system was. I still prefer the idea of functional cowl vents, but the idea of getting the original system working is very appealing - especially since everyone says it sucks and always has.
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Thank you. From this site I was able to find a local guy here who says he would be more then willing to fabricate a system for a Series.
How did the ac retro fit go?
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For historical reference there was the Normalair air conditioning system which was approved by Land Rover (wouldn't affect vehicle warranty).

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You can also try getting the 2.25 ac brackets that were for defender. The hardest part is the interior ducting
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There is a local guy here in Atlanta that has a Vintage Air system in his Austin Healey 3000. It's nearly invisible - a very nice installation in something I would have never thought it possible to install an air conditioner in.
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Search the Rovers North forum for Series. Guy in Arizona put in a Summit Racing AC unit in and looked pretty good.
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I think I am going to start researching this, we have been over 100 here for days with no change in sight. I love driving my Series trucks, but damn it is getting brutal.
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I recently put a Vintage Air system into a 1968 Camaro and it works great. However, I couldn't find an evaporator unit that looked like it'd fit the Series bulkhead well. I'm currently considering this one from Nostalgic Air. The dimensions look right and I like that the controls are build-in. I'm wondering how hard it'd be to paint the ABS plastic housing to match my pastel green/limestone scheme.

Apparently I need to post more to use URLs. Replace the "dot com" with a real .com and it'll work.
nostalgicac dot com/evaporator-units/underdash-evaporators/ud-140-under-dash-evaporator-unit-1967-1972-chevy.html
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I know this is an old post, but we put a Diavia unit from a 1994 NAS 90 in a Series III years ago.
It worked great, but made the 2.25 petrol even slower when the compressor cycled on.
We had to make custom hoses and switch to a pusher electric fan in front of the condenser and a puller located in the plastic fan shroud.

I spent the weekend installing a used Elite unit in a RHD 110.
We went to mechanical controls and got rid of the circuit board ECU.
It took some time to figure it all out, but will be making up the hoses this week as soon as all the fittings arrive.
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