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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-16-2012, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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Best AC System ??

I am looking for an AC system for my 66 mustang and wanted to know your opinions on which one you guys think is the better one to go with.
I am currently looking at Vintage Air and Classic Auto Air.

Are these the TWO BEST AC systems available for the vintage mustang ?

Thanks in advance.
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I think you will hear lots of positives for both. I just purchased the CAA for my 67.
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I think you will hear lots of positives for both. I just purchased the CAA for my 67.
I'm interested in peoples reposnes to the Classic Auto Air kit but preferably from people in warmer climates (no offence kwkenf, I miss northern Michigan personally). I was looking at the CAA last week. Vintage air is right here in town but I've heard it's not as complete an install as the CAA.

It was 112* here the other day. I've double insulated my cab but I still wouldn't expect the AC to pull it down to 10*. (1x layer dynomat, 1x layer Reflectix, jute, carpet). If it could maintain 75* in 100 that would be the bee's knees.

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88cougar, I'm in SA as well. I JUST ordered the Perfect Fit Elite system from CAA today. I had tried calling Vintage. I was on hold for over 30 min and never got to talk to someone. CAA is up near Dallas. I asked why they thought they were better than VA and it had to do with using copper inside the coils vs all Aluminum and something about how their system is an unrestricted airflow setup where VA has a baffle. I had the same concern as you due to the heat here but feel pretty comfortable going with CAA. I'm also dynomatting the entire car so that will help as well.

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Hey, cool (pun intended). When you get it all installed I want to check it out. Maybe meet up for a cruise in or something. Ever been to Soda Pops in Boerne? I'm planning on taking the bike (or the mustang if it will co-operate) sometime soon. Car cruise in on Sat evenings I believe.

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I went with CAA. I made the decision a while back before VA came out with their new design. I did read that CAA blows a lot more CFM.

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The three best we have used are Vintage Air, Classic Auto Air, and Old Air Products. I have done a few dozen of each, and the following is my opinion. For the 65-66, the CAA works best. For the 67-68, the CAA or OAP. For the 69-70, VA. For the 71-73, CAA. All three have kits for Mustangs; some work better in certain years than the others. Get the electronic controls over the cable versions.

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My car is a 66 Mustang BUT I am installing a Coyote 5.0 motor with a T56 Magnum transmission. Because of clearance issues and because we wanted to install the motor as far back as possible we cut the whole firewall out and replaced it with a flat firewall. We really did not move the firewall farther back , we just removed the bulge on the passengers side of the firewall.

We also had to rise the transmission tunnel about 2 inches because of the T56 Trans.

So in my situation I will have to use a custom unit . CAA told me that I would probobly have to use their Custom Colder or the Street Rod Cooler III .

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Do you have experience with these units ?
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I really like my Vintage Air system that I have in my 65. It blows cold and I like the way it fits under the dash.
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The Custom Colder will work well. You can still use the stock controls. We are building a very similar car right now. SH 6.0 with a dominator and a T56.

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The Custom Colder will work well. You can still use the stock controls. We are building a very similar car right now. SH 6.0 with a dominator and a T56.
I only have 8 inches of room from the top of the trans tunnel to the inside plate under the dash.
I think the Custom Colder is taller than 8 inches. I think it is 9 1/2 if im not mistaken.
The Street Rod Cooler III is smaller and from the looks of it i'm pretty sure will fit but since it is smaller it might not cool as good.

How many inches do you have from the top of the trans tunnel to the underside of the dash ?
Did you have to raise the trans tunnel about 2 inches like me ?
Do you have some pictures ?
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Thought I would tag along in this thread if that is OK...

Through a couple of trades I ended up with a March Pulley system with their Sanden 7176 chrome A/C compressor. Will that make a difference to which kit I should purchase? I have a '66 coupe.

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If you call CAA, they are extremely helpful and will cater the system to what you need.

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Where are your pictures?
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