The 2014 Holiday Season is upon us and CAA wants to thank all our customers, re-sellers and vendors for making 2014 an exceptional year! To allow sufficient time to place your year-end orders avoiding delays in your business or project timelines, please plan ahead based on Classic Auto Air’s holiday hours posted below. Read the rest of this entry »
Have to admit to being a little entranced with some of the Mustang myth and mystique that has been reported during this year’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Pony’s introduction. There’s an article we read recently on the Henry Ford Museum blog detailing the history behind the first serialized Mustang (100001) and its accidental original owner, Captain Stanley Tucker, a Canadian airline pilot. Read the rest of this entry »
Vintage air conditioning systems in most mid 1960’s to mid 1970’s GM vehicles and some 1970’s Fords include a POA valve. POA – an abbreviation for Pilot Operated Absolute – valves are suction valves used to prevent the AC system’s evaporator from getting so cold that it freezes. In some air conditioning systems, this function is handled by a thermostat. In most mid 60’s to mid 70’s GM vehicle air conditioning systems and on some 70’s Ford systems a POA valve was used. Frigidaire and Delco were the primary manufacturers of these valves. Read the rest of this entry »
Well, we’ve done it again! Upgraded another of our model-specific complete Perfect Fit A/C Kits. This time the unit is for owners of the classic 1969 Pontiac Lemans or 1969 GTO (non-factory air vehicles.) The new Perfect Fit Elite™ system provides your car with Air Conditioning, Heat and Defrost. Read the rest of this entry »
One of our favorite “Go-to-a-licensed-professional-for-AC-system-charging” stories involves a guy we spent more time than we care to admit troubleshooting before it became apparent that he was releasing the vacuum before charging. His thinking: “I checked for leaks, now I’m moving on to the next step.” He was not only evacuating and charging without a license but without any understanding of what he was doing. Please, if you are not a licensed AC professional, do not evacuate/charge on your own. Go to a licensed professional. It’s worth it to get it done right. That said, we’ve run into many experienced car guys who don’t really understand evacuation and decided a quick summary would be helpful to even licensed AC professionals. Read the rest of this entry »
Last month we covered charging stations. This month, it’s hand charging. Commercial installers of our kits as well as professional, licensed air conditioning repair facilities have asked, so we have developed a six-point checklist for hand charging a FIXED-DISPLACEMENT COMPRESSOR (Sanden style) system with 134a refrigerant canisters. Read the rest of this entry »
Question: My mechanic told me my compressor is locked up and it needs to be replaced on my 1965 Mustang. He also told me I need to replace the filter-drier and flush the system at the same time in order for him to warranty his work. Why must I change my drier if all I need is a compressor?
Answer: Think of the filter-drier like you do the oil-filter for your engine; anytime you do an oil change you also change the filter. The same rule applies for any air-conditioning system.
Let’s back up a moment and explain the functions of a filter drier. Read the rest of this entry »
Commercial installers of our kits as well as professional, licensed air conditioning repair facilities have asked, so we have developed a procedure and an eight-point checklist to be followed for charging a FIXED-DISPLACEMENT COMPRESSOR (Sanden style) system with 134a REFRIGERANT from a CHARGING STATION. (Note: procedures are different if you are HAND CHARGING with individual refrigerant canisters or if you are NOT using 134a refrigerant). Read the rest of this entry »
We get a lot of questions regarding General Motors’ A6 “long-style” air conditioning compressor and leaks. We are focusing on the A6 because it is notorious for leaking, but our advice here applies to any vintage air conditioning compressor system. We last wrote about the issue of A6 compressors leaking oil from the shaft back in 2011 so it is probably time to revisit the issue.
A customer recently described his specific situation like this: “Over the last 5 years, I’ve replaced three rebuilt long style compressors on my 69 Chevelle. I only drive my Chevelle a couple hundred miles a year, and it seems that every time I drive it, the compressor pulley ends up slinging oil under the hood and leaking refrigerant at the shaft seal. I finally decided “to heck with it,” and replaced it with a new one, only to find the same problem. Why can’t I find a decent A6 compressor, either new or rebuilt?” Read the rest of this entry »
The factory R4 compressor that was originally used in the 1978 through 1988 Chevrolet model years (affectionately referred to as G-Body cars) has proven to be notoriously unreliable and is frequently cited by mechanics and seen by CAA technicians first hand as a common cause of A/C component failure in GM G Bodies. Upgrading to Classic Auto Air’s direct fit rotary compressor will solve this likely reason your A/C is inoperable. The direct fit rotary compressor will also reduce horsepower draw, and allow for operation at up to 6,000 RPM. Even if your current compressor is still holding on, the OEM condenser design and R12 refrigerant are significantly out-of-date; upgrading to Classic Auto Air’s high performance direct fit condenser not only makes converting to 134a easy, but drastically improves your overall system performance. Read the rest of this entry »