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Aftermarket A/C #729279
October 25th 2017 7:07 pm
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Looking for the best aftermarket A/C system that will fit in a 1971 Chevy van.

Re: Aftermarket A/C [Re: pattherat] #729280
October 25th 2017 8:04 pm
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Define "best."


Windows- they're what make a van worth owning!
Re: Aftermarket A/C [Re: pattherat] #729285
October 25th 2017 9:15 pm
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The two companies, Classic auto air & Vintage auto air don't list any van applications.


Tucson-it's a dry heat...like an oven
Re: Aftermarket A/C [Re: pattherat] #729295
October 26th 2017 12:54 am
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My advice is get creative either with generic underdash units or aftermarket conversion van units or overhead units from other vehicles, such as rear AC from a Suburban.


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Re: Aftermarket A/C [Re: pattherat] #729330
October 26th 2017 8:04 pm
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^^^^^^

Edit: try RV boneyards first. Find what years should swap and start looking. Under-hood stuff is about universal. Under-dash is gonna be van specific but might fit more years than you think.

Last edited by Hasan Ben Sobar; October 26th 2017 11:34 pm.

Tucson-it's a dry heat...like an oven
Re: Aftermarket A/C [Re: pattherat] #729336
October 26th 2017 8:39 pm
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https://www.speedwaymotors.com/shop/classic-truck-a-c-retrofit-kits~142-857-4-461-23595

Re: Aftermarket A/C [Re: pattherat] #729348
October 27th 2017 2:40 pm
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Pat, your options are pretty limited. As stated above, aftermarket "kits" made just for vans are non-existent. If you can find a donor with A/C (at a donor price) it would most likely be trashed or missing pieces. But with patience you may find everything. Like Ben said, arm yourself with knowledge of what will fit and be prepared to hunt.
A generic kit (as shown) or using a rear air system, as Reed said, from a mid 90's Suburban might be your choices. I have such a Suburban rear system in my '88 Ford hi-top and I usually run it by its self to cool the van.

Last edited by CatFish; October 27th 2017 2:42 pm. Reason: kant spel

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Re: Aftermarket A/C [Re: pattherat] #729376
October 28th 2017 5:44 pm
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Thanks for the replies. I was hoping someone on here already did this and had a co and model they could suggest.

Re: Aftermarket A/C [Re: pattherat] #729394
October 29th 2017 8:34 am
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Tucson,Az.
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Find a GOOD boneyard. And start cross referencing underdash parts. They'll be able to tell you what will fit. ANd then you'll be able to tell what will work because if it has a different part number-the cross reference book will say it won't fit ,when in reality it will.


Tucson-it's a dry heat...like an oven
Re: Aftermarket A/C [Re: pattherat] #729396
October 29th 2017 8:58 am
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Back in the day Chevrolet/GM actually sold a dealer installed "add on" system for the early '70s vans. They are very very rare! I've only seen pictures.
The inside portion was mounted to the doghouse, in between the seats and had it's own blower and controls.They looked very strange......

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