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Old 05-11-2019, 01:31 PM
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Installing vintage air in my 69. Their center bezel with air vents is not fitting with my center bezel above
the center gauges.
Anyone else have this problem
There is a difference in the rear bottom lip
I have a picture of the original plus the comparisons to the VA

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Old 05-11-2019, 08:15 PM
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Can really offer you any help except the obvious to call Vintage Air. I have a 68 and trying to decide if I should install the A/C. How have you found the project so far minus the vent fitment. Where did you purchase from.
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My 2 cents; I want to remember having to cut the lip or modify on one of my VA installs too.

Thought for you and what I finally did on one of the VA installs; I made a transition piece out of alum roof flashing (make the design with paper and scissors first to understand how it needs to fold up), duct tape it up and reuse your existing bezel vent. I thought the existing bezel vent looks better anyway.

Hope this helps.

One more suggestion, I found it a challenge to get the full charge into the system (and so max cooling) until I exactly followed VA instructions for charging (4 fans in front of the radiator, fast idle, etc. Also used a postal scale to determine charge weight). Good luck and a/c is fully worth the effort in Louisiana and CA too I would imagine.

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Originally Posted by 20mercury View Post
My 2 cents; I want to remember having to cut the lip or modify on one of my VA installs too.

Thought for you and what I finally did on one of the VA installs; I made a transition piece out of alum roof flashing (make the design with paper and scissors first to understand how it needs to fold up), duct tape it up and reuse your existing bezel vent. I thought the existing bezel vent looks better anyway.

Hope this helps.

One more suggestion, I found it a challenge to get the full charge into the system (and so max cooling) until I exactly followed VA instructions for charging (4 fans in front of the radiator, fast idle, etc. Also used a postal scale to determine charge weight). Good luck and a/c is fully worth the effort in Louisiana and CA too I would imagine.
100% agree in Louisiana weather. 10 years w/out ac in my c3 and this year i finally have it and makes driving in the summer so much better.

I'd say call va..... everything I've read is they have good customer service. Good luck
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Thanks for the replies

I have reached out to VA and they are checking for me.

i also have eyed modifying the existing bezel as mentioned above

Glenn
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Some ideas for you. I did similar to this thread at first with a used tube of RTV and attached to back of a stock a/c vent bezel.

https://www.corvetteforum.com/forums...post1571981113

It worked well enough that I kept it like that for a while.

Subsequently I fabricated and angled contraption so I could maximize air flow. Just some ideas for you ....
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mine came this ridiculous single vent for the center vent so I bought original one and made fiberglass duct adapter for it.
Originally Posted by carriljc View Post
Some ideas for you. I did similar to this thread at first with a used tube of ​​​​​​​RTV and attached to back of a stock a/c vent bezel.

https://www.corvetteforum.com/forums...post1571981113

It worked well enough that I kept it like that for a while.

Subsequently I fabricated and angled contraption so I could maximize air flow. Just some ideas for you ....
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Given their name recognition and how well the cooling module fits, you would think they would come up with a better system for the various vents... Nope. Dealing with those hoses and center vent SUCKS. 10lbs of **** in a 5lb bag.
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