1963 Pontiac Grand Prix Air Conditioning
Parts & Services
INFORMATION on the 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix
|Factory A/C Specs||Overview||Stats & Specs|
About the OEM Factory Air Conditioning System Originally Installed on the 1963 Grand Prix
AC Sytem Type:
Expansion & Suction Throttling Valve (STV)/Filter-drier/Electric & Vacuum controls. No safety switch in this factory system, which relied instead on discharge outlet on A6 compressor.
Single-groove, GM A6 compressor located on passenger side of engine. Learn more about GM compressors.
Tube and fin. Learn more about GM condensers.
Vacuum & electrically operated manual controls. Learn more about GM controls.
Located inside the passenger side cowl, behind the wheel well. Learn more about GM evaporators.
Mounted inside the engine compartment on the passenger side of the radiator. Note that the muffler installed in the discharge hose is commonly mistaken for the filter-drier in this vehicle. Learn more about GM filter-driers.
Hose clamps rather than pre-crimped fittings. Learn more about GM hoses-lines.
Expansion and STV (Suction Throttling Valve). Learn more about GM valves.
Grand Prix background and what was new in 1963
The Grand Prix as a model
The Pontiac Grand Prix was first introduced in 1962 as Pontiac’s answer to the Ford Thunderbird, slotted as a luxury, performance, mid-size car, between the larger Bonneville and the smaller Tempest in the Pontiac lineup.
The 1963 Grand Prix in context
The 1963 Grand Prix was the second of the B-body based 1st Generation (1962-1968). The long, low, clean, wide look of the 1st Gen’s was a break from the bulkier, heavily chromed, larger tailfin cars of the 50’s.
63 vs 62 Front
The horizontal dual headlights of the 1962 Grand Prix were replaced with vertical dual headlights over which an “eyebrow” lip extended. More pronounced, oval, horizontal parking lights were added in each grille along with a horizontal bar.
63 vs 62 Side
The sculpting on the side panels largely disappeared in the 1963 Grand Prix.
63 vs 62 Rear
Full width molding covered the rear of the deck lid and the tail fins became more pronounced. Also, the curved, fender taillights of the 1962 were eliminated and the taillights integrated into a horizontal panel. The 1963 Grand Prix also featured a concave rear window treatment.
General Statistics & Specifications on the 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix
First Gen (1962 — 1968)
“Std” Body Type:
Other Body Types:
389 V8 303 hp
389 V8 230-313 hp, 421 V8 353-370 hp
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Note: The “Std” body type, dimension, price, weight and engine is for the best selling base model. Production totals are for all models combined.
Air Conditioning Solutions for your 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix
- 1963 Grand Prix Condenser
- 1963 Grand Prix Air Condtioning Controls
- 1963 Grand Prix Evaporator
- 1963 Grand Prix Air Conditioning Hoses, Lines & Fittings
- 1963 Grand Prix Expansion Valve
- 1963 Grand Prix Filter-Drier
- 1963 Grand Prix Heater
- 1963 Grand Prix Air Conditioning Repair and Rebuild Services
- Other Replacement Parts?
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