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910 Freeport Parkway, Suite 100 Coppell, TX 75019
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Model Specific Air Conditioning
1930's to 1980's Cars & Trucks
Since 1977

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Auto Air Conditioning Evacuation: Not Just Testing For Leaks

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.

Do I Need To Add Oil To My Air Conditioning Compressor?

Customers often ask whether or not they need to add oil to an air conditioning compressor they purchase from us. This question comes up because people want to avoid poor cooling or failure problems resulting from improper oil levels. Fortunately most people realize the harm to the system and potential danger of running an AC compressor with no oil.

Chevy Corvette Perfect Fit Air Conditioning System Updated April 2014

Corvette model years affected: 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974,

Your wish is our command!  With the success of all of our D.E.R. (Direct Electric Replacement ) controls, we have received loads of requests to upgrade the electronics of our vintage Corvette air conditioning systems to ELITE (electronic controlled) status.  So, we did just that.  We upgraded our Perfect Fit 1968-1974 Chevy Corvette system to use the enormously popular, exclusive D.E.R. fully electronic controls.  You get all the cooling and heating ability that Classic Auto Air is known for, with the added benefit of simplified wiring using our EZ  Wire system and Plug and Play simplicity with our all new D.E.R. Control head.

Two Icons Meet Again in New York City

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.

What – you don’t know this story?

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

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 auto 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.

Reconditioning Classic Car AC Components

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.

The Lowdown on Our Restoration Services

At Classic Auto Air, we can restore nearly any air conditioning part for models from the 1950s through the 1970s, and we do so on a daily basis. Here’s one example of the types of restoration projects we receive inquiries about.

I’m restoring my 1972 Plymouth Cuda heater box and want to retain its original look. If I sent it to you for restoration, would you be able to fix the broken fiberglass? Keep the original stamped numbers intact when you fix the fiberglass? Blast and paint the outside of the motor housing? Blast all the metal parts?

Drive a Back Road

In Earl Swift’s, “The Big Roads:  The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways,” the author tells the story of a cross country road trip and afterwards remembering only the parts where he left the Interstate Highway system.  The Interstate part just being a series of blurs he passed through without really seeing it.  He made good time but didn’t enjoy the ride.

As John Steinbeck famously put it, our Interstate Highway system lets you drive from “New York to California without seeing a single thing.”