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Vintage Air Conditioning Installation For Classic Vehicles

Many of the most asked questions we get from clients are related to installing vintage air conditioning in a classic car or truck. There are client concerns over costs, devaluing the vehicle and how it is to be installed. We have tried to outline below our thoughts on adding today’s most desired classic vehicle upgrade.

  • In almost all instances, the adding of vintage AC systems to a vehicle will not hurt the value of the vehicle and will make it more desirable and valuable come resale time.
  • Vintage AC will work more efficiently than original factory AC in most older vehicles.
  • On a 6-volt vehicle, it needs a conversion to 12 volt to run a vintage AC system.
  • Costs of install are typically about $3,000 with the addition of electric cooling fans for the radiator to avoid overheating. MJC will not install a system without including one of these fan systems.
  • Early factory AC systems were relatively rare options on most cars from the 1950’s and were very complicated. A new owner can spend thousands refurbishing one of these systems and when complete, will not cool very well by design. Many owners of factory AC cars still opt to add vintage AC for better cooling.
  • Many early AC systems were hang down console units, from the factory or dealer installed. As example, the factory AC units in Mustangs were hang down until 1967, when they were integrated into the dash.
  • Vintage AC can be easily removed for the purist of original,  "as they left the factory" vehicles, making the installation one of low risk on an original condition car.
  • Vintage AC systems are available in many configurations and a good installer will know the options available. There are new slimline units where the distribution box is tucked under the dash, with only small vents showing below the dash. In some vehicles, there is not room for this type of unit and new hang down units are still available if the only option.
  • For later models starting in the 1960’s, many factory AC systems were integrated into the dash with vent systems. In this era of cars, we can usually incorporate the vintage AC system to use the factory vents and many times use the factory controller in the dash to run the system.
Below are some pictures of vintage AC systems we have completed. You can review the notes to understand what we did for our clients. We strongly believe adding vintage AC to your vehicle will be a good investment if properly installed.

Winter Florida Autofest Lakeland
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The 2017 edition of Winter AutoFest in Lakeland proved once more to be THE show of shows for auto enthusiasts in central Florida. Guests from around the region converged on the SUN 'n FUN Campus to meet special guest Butch Patrick from the Munsters TV show, buy via the two-day collector car auction and show as part of the two-day collector car show. The auction was another sell out and managed nearly $3 million in total sales, with an out of this world bidder registration total for Carlisle Auctions. 

In addition to the car show and auction, the swap meet and car corral areas were bustling too, while the Air & Coach Concours wowed those interested in the motor coach lifestyle.

While the show has wrapped, it won’t be the last event taking place in the Sunshine State in 2017. Carlisle Events returns for Fall AutoFest starting November 10, with the Winter AutoFest returning starting February 23, 2018. 

1993 Chevrolet C/K Pickup 1500
Indy Pace 

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One of the lowest mile examples of the Limited Edition Indy 500 Pace Truck for 1993. Sold new to Larry Fouch by Zscheile Motor Company of Burlington, Kansas in 1993. An excellent original example is all original including the tires !

Only 1,257 original miles since built 24 years ago. Amazing, as new original Gary velour interior, dash, & door panels. The car is equipped with the original 5.7 liter V-8 engine. Factory automatic overdrive. Lots of power assists. Ice cold factory air conditioning. Original optional chrome wheels and original radial tires.

1989 Pontiac Trans Am
Indy 500 Pace Car

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A very rare example of the first 150 1989 Turbo Trans Ams built for the 1989 Indianapolis 500 Festival and celebrity use. This 1989 Pontiac Turbo Trans AM “INDY 500 FESTIVAL CAR” 20th Anniversary is #114 of 150. Celebrity owned with full documentation from the Pontiac Historical Society. This extremely rare, OFFICIAL PACE CAR is the 114th car out of 150 Indy 500 FESTIVAL CARS built for the race in 1989. This car is DOCUMENTED with (3) autographed confirmation letters proving its authenticity from its first titled owner who took delivery from the track in 1989 to be racing legend Dick Simon (Team Owner/Driver/Chief Mechanic) “Dick Simon Racing”. Dick Simon has verified this festival car was assigned and driven by Bobby Unser at the festival prior to his purchase from Indy in 1989.

These cars were the first to ever pace the Indianapolis 500 without having to be performance modified to obtain the levels required to pace this race! Its legendary Buick Grand National drive train and the same intercooler and ceramic wheel turbo used in the GNX, special heads, higher boost level, and aerodynamics of the Pontiacs sleek design made the Trans Am the fastest of the three! However, still not fast enough for this racing legend it was professionally modified by Dick Simon “Dick Simon Racing” with a special chip, in car dial-a-boost, special exhaust, fuel enhancement system, open ram air cleaner, suspension upgrades and who knows what else? Books/manuals/press release/history/autographs. This is an extremely rare piece of automotive Indy history with full documentation.

The car is equipped with the factory original Buick 3.8 Liter V-6 Turbo engine from the Grand National. Factory automatic transmission. Lots of power assists and the TTop option. Ice cold factory air conditioning.

1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP

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This beauty was sold new in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where is remained with the original owner until sold in 2015 to an avid Tennessee collector. Car has 43K miles but appears to have 4K as it has been meticulously maintained. 

1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP Ram Air GTX tuned by SLP will most certainly go down as one of the few collectible cars from the 1990's. So, what's rare about a 1997 Grand Prix? How many supercharged, 240 horsepower, 3.8 liter V6's do you remember seeing on the street? How many factory-endorsed SLP tuned cars PERIOD do you remember? A few special Trans Ams maybe, which have become very collectible, but not many. In case you are wondering, SLP ("Street Legal Performance") took only high optioned Grand Prix's, then "tuned" the unique cars by adding a functional, composite RAM AIR hood with twin scoops, much like the well received 1995 300 GPX show car, forced air induction system with K&N filter, adding ten additional horsepower. Then, special badging included GTX RAM AIR nameplates were included, all at an additional $2500 above the factory MSRP of $24,380. 

Optional content,  which this car has, included the $799 SLP free flow cat-back, stainless steel exhaust system with dual outlets and dual tips, adding an ADDITIONAL ten horsepower. Other options on this particular car included the very rare GTX RAM AIR front and rear floor mats, and chrome 17" GTX wheels.


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