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What's the difference between a factory AC dash and non AC?

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I have a 70 Cuda with a non factory AC dash. Can I cut holes in my dash frame for AC vents?
 

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You can but then your problem is finding the vents and under dash ductwork. Not reproduced and expensive to buy used if you can find them. Put the feelers out to see if some one is doing the opposite of you and wants to sell a complete a/c dash setup.
Good luck.
Look in the 1970 Plymouth Service Manual for pictures.
 

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Really just vent openings, registers, control head, duct work, different heater box. I would think it would a bit difficult to cut the openings but, sure it can be done. As Leo said, look for one already set up for a/c. Can also consider vintage air system.
JMO
A/C is nice where I live but, don’t have it either.
 

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Sounds like it would be better to add AC via the aftermarket. Like, Vintage Air or Classic Auto Air.
 

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The area where the vents go are depressed a little for the bezels of the air vents. If you cut the vent holes your vents will stick out further than they are supposed to.
I have a complete a/c dash, dash frame and components. Would sell it. But not into shipping it as it is big.
I see your in ok. I have a few weekend trips planned for Walsh, Co. The bottom corner of the state. That's pretty close to okieville. I hit that border once in a while during hunts. Pm me if you are serious about buying a complete set up. Not easy to find. I'm not necessarily looking to sale, but if your close and your serious and your in need, I can come off the part.
 

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The area where the vents go are depressed a little for the bezels of the air vents. If you cut the vent holes your vents will stick out further than they are supposed to.
I have a complete a/c dash, dash frame and components. Would sell it. But not into shipping it as it is big.
I see your in ok. I have a few weekend trips planned for Walsh, Co. The bottom corner of the state. That's pretty close to okieville. I hit that border once in a while during hunts. Pm me if you are serious about buying a complete set up. Not easy to find. I'm not necessarily looking to sale, but if your close and your serious and your in need, I can come off the part.
I appreciate the offer but I think I'll go the aftermarket route.
 

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I put the vintage a/c in mine looks and works great. It was a factory a/c car to begin with. sold the as new looking fully rebuilt factory box to a member he said by the time he got it only the actuators and evap were of any value. I thought I did a pretty good job of boxing it up?
 

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After reading the replies again and taking my factory heat only dash pad off the frame it looks like the frames are all the same with holes for vents. It's the dash pad that has the holes for the AC vents or not.

I'm going to paint the dash frame, buy a AC dash pad and an aftermarket AC system.

Please correct me if I'm wrong.
 

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After speaking to Vintage Air and Classic Auto Air sales this morning I've decided to buy the Vintage Air kit. The number one reason is Classic Auto Air still uses cable controls for E Bodies but Vintage Air uses all electric servos.

As for the dash pad, I'm buying a non AC pad and installing the center and passenger vents under dash.

I had thought I could just buy a AC pad and install aftermarket vents in it. Wrong! The aftermarket vents go into holes you cut for the center and passenger side vent. I don't like the idea of cutting the new, expensive pad just to move the vents 6 or 8 inches higher for the passenger. The AC pads require reusing or sourcing a good used set of original vents.
 

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The Vintage Air system works better with their under dash vents. Its miserable to get the system to work with factory vents.
 

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Vintage Air support said that they need to know all the specifics of each car before selling a kit and recommend ordering by telephone so they can help walk me through the options.

For example, I was asked which intake manifold I have and what size engine because it makes a difference which compressor bracket to by. The factory cast iron intake has a threaded boss near the #2 cylinder for one bracket to bolt to. I have a Weiand 7507 which does not have that boss. So, my situation calls for a different bracket.
 
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