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Old January 22nd, 2016, 09:50 PM
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Vintage Air HVAC vs Elite AC

I've got a 1995 soft top and it does not have A/C. My idea is to use a Vintage Air setup and keep the lower dash mostly intact. The thought is to hollow out the back of it, remove the flap system and run air ducts from the firewall mounted vintage air unit. Defrost and low would utilize the factory holes and for the A/C or top vent, mount rectangular vents above the tray and have ducting either directly underneath or coming up and making a 90 degree turn.

The parts for the Vintage Air Gen II kit run about $1400. There is some room for labor compared to the $3500 + shipping elite air kit but more importantly, the vintage air kit is an HVAC/evap in one so there is no box by the passenger's feet and the controls are all digital instead of sliding levers. The other bonus is there is no box mounted to the dash which does make you feel a little more cramped.

I've heard conflicting reports on both the Elite(RN) kit and the Vintage Air kits. Anyone think my hollow out the backside of the lower dash and run ducting idea is feasible? Any other thoughts?
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Old January 23rd, 2016, 10:11 AM
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It's a nice idea but I'm pretty sure you'd spend much more than the elite kit in labor, tweaking, modifying and still end up with something that devalues the truck.
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Old January 23rd, 2016, 10:40 AM
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It's a nice idea but I'm pretty sure you'd spend much more than the elite kit in labor, tweaking, modifying and still end up with something that devalues the truck.
agreed with this, prolly better to just shell out the extra $1000 and not have to fiddle with connectors and the like
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Old January 24th, 2016, 04:39 PM
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Have a look through my custom LHD dash thread, you'll see there is very limited room for a VA mini unit behind my dash... can't see you fitting it behind the original at all.

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Old January 24th, 2016, 05:06 PM
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Andy,

My plan was to copy what Icon did and put the VA unit in the engine bay where the OEM Heater Box goes.

I've got an LS motor going in. I'm not worried about the resale value of the truck. I'm more worried about getting the most effective unit in the truck and minimizing the footprint on the interior.

That said, I'll take a look at your thread now.

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Old January 24th, 2016, 08:10 PM
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Andy,

My plan was to copy what Icon did and put the VA unit in the engine bay where the OEM Heater Box goes.
Have a look at the Hurricane units from Old Air Products, might work better being a more boxy design if mounting through the bulkhead.

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Old January 24th, 2016, 10:56 PM
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thanks Andy!!!
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I used the Old Air Hurricane

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Old January 25th, 2016, 08:29 AM
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Good thread. For some reason I have subscribed even though I haven't found a 110 yet. FYI, I emailed elite last week and got a response saying they no longer supply Landy Ac units.
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