Cars with air conditioning systems manufactured before 1995 used R-12 Freon, a refrigerant which is considered by many to be harmful to the ozone layer and no longer produced in most countries. The current industry standard, R-134a, is an efficient absorber and carrier of heat that lacks the ozone damaging properties associated with R-12. Contrary to popular belief, most cars originally equipped with R-12 can be converted to 134a and still keep you just as cool. Here are some basic tips to convert your classic Ford muscle car to 134a. Read the rest of this entry »
Even though winter is just around the corner, now is the perfect time to check your classic car’s air-conditioning system for proper function. Many of our customers are getting ready to store their classic cars for winter, and they will be in for a rude awakening next spring when they realize they have a problem. Many ac systems on older cars consist of hard to find, or obsolete parts that can’t be found at the local auto parts store or the dealer. Classic Auto Air becomes a very popular place! Read the rest of this entry »
We recently heard from a customer interested in having his original 71 Pontiac LeMans evaporator unit with POA valve rebuilt & restored and set up for 134a. Our customer was also interested in a compressor and line kit to replace missing components. He wanted to know if such a kit is available, and of course how much it cost. This 2-part request covers two of Classic Auto Air’s Original Air Group’s specialties; rebuilding/restoration and factory air-conditioning a/c system upgrade kits. Read the rest of this entry »
Here’s a question we get all the time, “Do I need to add more refrigerant if my car isn’t cooling well?”
The short answer is that more refrigerant doesn’t necessarily make for a colder cabin and can in fact lead to a dangerous over-pressurization of the system. Now let’s get into the nitty-gritty. Read the rest of this entry »
Note: Charging procedures for the Perfect Fit retrofit air-conditioning systems by Classic Auto Air are different than most modern air-conditioning systems. Please read and follow all procedures and safety precautions carefully.
So you’ve bought and installed your new Classic Auto Air Perfect Fit air-conditioning system and now need to get the system charged. Our first tip is to find a qualified technician that will charge your new retrofit A/C system. We have created a checklist that can be used at a charging station, or for hand charging. But it’s important to note that the charging procedures for this system are different than most modern AC systems. A qualified technician will avoid damaging your new AC system. Read the rest of this entry »
The 2013 SEMA Show
Every year professionals in the auto industry come together for one week. Last year SEMA drew more than 60,000 buyers from the United States and around the world. This year CAA will be displaying November 5-8 in Las Vegas. The SEMA show gives us a chance to say hello to our current dealers and meet new dealers. As the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world seem, it gives us a chance to show our new products, and demonstrate all the new technology built into our perfect fit air-conditioning systems. If you are an automotive trade professional and will be at SEMA 2013, come visit us in Hot Rod Alley in booth #23282.
Good Guys Lone Star Nationals
Texas Motor Speedway is the site of the “Lone Star Nationals” car show sponsored by Good Guys on October 4, 5 and 6, 2013. The guys from CAA will be displaying in the vendor area. We’ll be showing off our Mopar B-body Kit. This Perfect Fit air-Elite conditioning is an ideal replacement air-conditioning system for your factory air Dodge Coronet or Charger or Plymouth Belvedere, GTX, Road Runner or Satellite. These new Mopar B-body kits include Classic Auto Air’s updated fully all electric controls eliminating older cable operated control systems.
We love getting to meet, shake hands and swap stories with customers and dealers. Hope we get to see you at one of these events. Stay cool and happy motoring!
Just in time for the heat of summer, Classic Auto Air has released the first generation, fully electric, model-specific air conditioning units for MOPAR B-Body cars built with factory A/C during 1968, 1969 and 1970.
B-Body cars from this era include the following models:
- 1968–1970 Dodge Coronet
- 1968–1970 Dodge Charger
- 1968–1970 Plymouth Belvedere
- 1968–1970 Plymouth GTX
- 1968–1970 Plymouth Road Runner
- 1968–1970 Plymouth Satellite Read the rest of this entry »
MOPAR E BODY SEARCH: Classic Auto Air is looking for an original, factory air E-Body car to use for a strategic development project including a video installation guide. Here is what we need: a clean, running, factory air conditioned E-Body that still has all its original components including compressor, hoses, tubes, etc. We will need your car for approximately 90 days at our North Texas facility starting around August 15th 2013.
The car we need will be:
- 1970-1974 Dodge Challenger, 110-inch (2,794 mm) wheelbase
- 1970-1974 Plymouth Barracuda, 108-inch (2,743 mm) wheelbase
Here is what you get besides a little glory for your ride: The owner of the car we use will receive an all new, complete, professionally installed A/C system at no charge! Email Dwight@classicautoair.com if you think you have the E-body we need (or call 1-877-291-2761 ext. 8023).
The U.S. Senate has designated July 12, 2013 as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.” Officials from SEMA and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Councils suggested this annual event to celebrate the role automotive restoration and collection plays in American life. The date marks the fourth commemoration of the event, according to SEMA. “We again thank the U.S. Senate for the continuing recognition of the collector car hobby as a strong American tradition and pastime,” said Steve McDonald, SEMA vice president of government affairs. “With Australia and Canada joining the mix, Collector Car Appreciation Day has now become an international recognition of the collector car industry and the millions of hobbyists it supports. The collector car industry helps preserve our unique American automotive heritage while contributing to the economy by providing high-skilled, well-paying jobs.” Read the rest of this entry »
Our complete engine compartment upgrade kits contain everything you need to upgrade your classic factory air conditioning to the efficiency of modern A/C. When you place your order, depending on your model, we’ll need to know a few details before we send out your kit. As an example, here’s a recent exchange between a 70 Charger 440 owner and one of the CAA experts.