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Old 09-17-2012, 02:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default The Instructions Vintage Air should have made for a 66 Mustang

Just installed the full package in a 66 coupe with a 289. Randalls rack & PS Pump.
I have pics of most things, but I think these statements along with the VA install instructions may help future DIY installers.


The Instructions Vintage Air should have made for a 66 Mustang
And other notes


Yes you do have to take out radiator and fan

Mount compressor bracket

Depending on your Power steering pump, you may need to space the compressor out a tiny bit more. I used a washer. The belt would hit the PS pulley. I spaced the compressor, NOT the bracket.
Mount as instructed, and test fit. If yours hits, then you will understand.

I also needed a longer bolt than supplied for the middle water pump hole. The bracket goes to this hole AND my PS tentioner also mounted here.


Condenser Mounting
Find the TOP of the condenser. Little output is on bottom
Hold condenser up to opening and see where top bracket needs to be.
Mine was a hole or two more to the left
Find where you need bottom bracket to be.
Mine is on the INSIDE of the engine compartment. I have a racing valance.

Temporary mount and see where you need holes drilled. I used template and it just barely worked for me. The top condenser hose hole could have been a little lower.
Their template may be right, but are easy to move by accident

Drill holes and then mount.


Inside

Follow instructions to make the two mounting holes using the templates
Again, templates are a little hard to use. I ended up having to redrill the left hole because I was off.
Suggestion, if you have the engine installed, drill BOTH holes from the inside.
If you have the firewall padding already installed, pull it back so that you can hold template on the bare metal.
Cut the padding around the holes so that the mount will be metal on metal.
( if you have not installed padding, now is time to do so. )



Mount firewall cover
Trim off extra bolt length. One of mine touches the coolant pipe. (Bottom left bolt)
NOW, route the electric wires through grommet. Much easier now than after you install unit
I thought the relays would be on the engine side but they are not. If you want different, you can rebuild harness. Harder to do later after unit is installed.



Drill drain hole. It will be about in the middle of the firewall cover and about 2 inches below bracket.
About 1 inch below where the toe board bends
If needed hold unit up inside and look
Easier to drill before install of unit.



Put unit under the dash before bolting on Evap Front Bracket.



Lever controls.
If you follow instructions, the right two levers will hit each other at the small bolts that connect the lever to the sensor.
I mounted the sensor on the other side of the right lever with bolt facing opposite direction. I had to grind the ear off that side of the lever so that the sensor connection could pivot



Currently charged with about 23oz but at the right pressure on the gauges
Running fine.

Last edited by Dremel; 09-17-2012 at 02:52 PM.
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