Two Icons Meet Again in New York City

April 8th, 2014

mustang-empire_state__64Later in the month of April, I’m heading to New York City to see two icons brought together who haven’t met in decades. No, I’m not talking about seeing Rocky meet up with Apollo Creed on Broadway! (Although I may take in that show also.) I’m heading to NYC to see the brand new Ford Mustang at the top of the Empire State Building. And this 2015 Mustang will be brought up the same way it was in 1965 – piece by piece in an elevator.

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Replacement Aftermarket A/C Defrost Duct for Chevelle Years 1970, 1971, 1972

March 26th, 2014

Chevelle Aftermarket Replacement AC Defrost DuctWalls Are Twice as Thick as Original GM Part# 3963756

Question: What do you get when you mix thin gauge plastic with radical temperature shifts from hot to cold and back again? Answer: Warping and cracking!

In the auto restoration industry, there has been a history of scrapping OEM air conditioning ductwork in vintage ’70-’72 Chevelle, Monte Carlo and El Camino models because the duct had snapped off flimsy mounts, or developed cracks. So our engineers decided to develop our own replacement duct and while we were at it, figured we could address the hot/cold warping issue head-on. Read the rest of this entry »

Air Conditioning Upgrades for Mopar B Body Cars – 1968 – 1970

March 19th, 2014

Can aftermarket air conditioning components improve on OEM design?  Factory original purists may balk, but sometimes original dashboard designs can be improved upon. A case in point is our in-dash air conditioning and heater controller for B Body Mopar cars built in the years 1968, 1969 and 1970. As with all CAA vintage air conditioning aftermarket products, we pay close attention to the details of the original design. It is part of what has made Classic Auto Air the aftermarket air conditioning leader for over 40 years. Read the rest of this entry »

1969 GTO Upgrade: Cable-Free Electronic Air Conditioner Controls Now Available

March 5th, 2014

The 1969 Pontiac GTO has gotten its own Perfect Fit air conditioning system with DER – Fully Electric Controls. Pontiac enthusiasts everywhere will be cheering the fact that the previously inaccessible blower switch has been completely replaced so that no modifications to your firewall are needed. In the 1969 Firebird and 1969 GTO, Pontiac mounted their air conditioning / heater blower switch in the in a location that was inaccessible and you literally could not replace with an aftermarket style switch. Without a blower switch, there was no way to control your blower speed!  Because of the original General Motors design, like most cars of the era used a metal-sheathed cable to mechanically operate the air diverter doors. After roughly 50 years of use these cables rust and stiffen it becomes quite impossible to operate commonly breaking a lever in the control head itself. Read the rest of this entry »

Should I Update Air Conditioning Components or Restore My Classic Car’s Factory Original A/C?

December 20th, 2013

When it comes to classic cars, original only happens once and there is something to be said for maintaining and refurbishing factory assembly line original components. Yet
upgrades to improve performance, and driver comfort may make more sense depending on the condition of your vehicle and how (and if) you drive it. This debate has no right or wrong answer, but at the end of the day, the decision to restore factory original AC components or install a new air conditioning system depends on a variety of factors, including resale value and use of the vehicle.  Read the rest of this entry »

Classic Auto Air Catalog Downloads

December 20th, 2013

Are you looking for complete catalog information on the aftermarket air conditioning systems, OEM parts, or air conditioning restoration services available from Classic Auto Air?  We have a number of catalogs and price sheets available to help you make short work of your next AC upgrade or restoration project. Read the rest of this entry »

Happy Holidays From Classic Auto Air

December 20th, 2013

The 2013 Holiday Season is in full swing and we want to give you sufficient time to place your year-end orders so there are no delays in your business or project timelines. Classic Auto Air would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers, re-sellers and vendors for making 2013 an exceptional year.  The Classic Auto Air family would like to wish your family a happy holiday season and best wishes for the coming year.

CAA will observe holidays on the following dates:

December 24 – Open until 1pm EST 
December 25 – CLOSED for Christmas Holiday
December 31—Open until 1pm EST
January 1 – CLOSED for New Year’s Holiday

Our Grapevine, Texas location, headquarters for our Retrofit Group (aftermarket air conditioning kit systems) will be answering phones for ordering and as always, answering your air conditioning tech questions until December 24th at 1pm, however we won’t resume shipping until Jan 2nd.

Tampa, Florida Headquarters to CAA’s Original Air Group (all OEM, rebuilt and refurbished air conditioning parts) will be open Monday open for sales and tech calls, but not shipping. Shipping will resume on December 27th.

Classic Auto Air will return to work on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 ready to begin another great year of supplying and supporting the highest quality aftermarket ac kit systems, OEM parts, and refurbished air conditioning components.

Converting Classic Ford Muscle Cars to 134a Refrigerant

November 25th, 2013

classic mustang air conditioningCars 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 »

Why Winter Is The Best Time To Think About Your AC

November 21st, 2013

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 »

Reconditioning Classic Car AC Components

November 21st, 2013

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 »

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