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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 1:55 pm    Post subject: Vintage Air latest digital Gen IV installed Reply with quote

We just installed the latest Vintage Air Digital Gen VI into a Vanagon.

Glove box completely usable still Very Happy

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The new system AC and Heater are smaller than the original heater system. Bower output seems more though..

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

got any more pics? price? whats needed to do this install? Does it use the stock compressor?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool, cost?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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got any more pics? price? whats needed to do this install? Does it use the stock compressor?


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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got any more pics? price? whats needed to do this install? Does it use the stock compressor?


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love the unit, hate the controls......that has nothing to do with SAH or the installation in a Vanagon, just sayin'.

Nice job Guys Exclamation


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Love the unit, hate the controls......that has nothing to do with SAH or the installation in a Vanagon, just sayin'.

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the look of the controls or the function ? they don't look quite right in the van dash.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They dont match the look of the van interior....a Nova or classic muscle car sure.
Not my fav look is all.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I put one of those in a 55 Chevy. Excellent quality. They have different controls available.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Vintage Air latest digital Gen VI installed Reply with quote

Beetsport wrote:
We just installed the latest Vintage Air Digital Gen VI into a Vanagon.


I can't find a Gen VI on their site. Could it be a Gen IV? If not, do you have a link?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did a hit and run this morning posting...

Vintage Air can sell a compressor with their kit. Our lucky customer has a 1.8T engine conversion so the compressor is from the engine.
Probably can use the boxer compressor. Or at least a new/rebuilt unit if your existing compressor is tired.

The cost will vary on compressor need and vent options.

There are several different dash controls and also many different vents available to choose from. I liked using the horizontal slider because it matched the original sliding levers. The chrome though, not so much.

Very simple system to use. The top lever is blower and is a variable. There is not a "switch" type fan speed feeling. All levers slide like butter Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My experience with tubes for the A/C like that is they rub and get holes (from our K1500 that we have)... Has this been an issue with this type of setup?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 12:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Didn't that big plate sticking up in the center interfere with the dash? Maybe the camera angle makes it appear so tall...
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 1:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks sorta kinda like what SmallCar did.

http://www.smallcar.com/index.php?dispatch=news.view&news_id=16#16

I do no dig that big black plate with screws you can see.

The radio mounting also, in both cases, does not give me a warm fuzzy.

I guess it is a compromise and you get cold air in the front which is what you want....in addition to heat.

I have to deal with this myself sooner than later.

I know the Behr setup(s) I have horded work, but not as good as something like this.

Compromise.....
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The mounting brackets had to be fabricated from that the kit supplied. The digital system allows you to direct your air between modes easy and instant.

I used existing vent tubing where it could be used. Defrost side and face vents have old
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I'm not happy with the stereo location and may need to be changed. Having front A/C - heat with this dash stereo mod would be nice Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:12 am    Post subject: Re: Vintage Air latest digital Gen VI installed Reply with quote

WLD*WSTY wrote:
Beetsport wrote:
We just installed the latest Vintage Air Digital Gen VI into a Vanagon.


I can't find a Gen VI on their site. Could it be a Gen IV? If not, do you have a link?


Sorry Gen IV.. Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This system looks so nice I might have to sell the behr in-dash unit I have sitting in the garage. What is the story on that dash with the double din opening? Is there a thread on it anywhere?

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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This system looks so nice I might have to sell the behr in-dash unit I have sitting in the garage. What is the story on that dash with the double din opening? Is there a thread on it anywhere?

Thanks,

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Here is a link about the Dream Syncro. http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=380935&start=120

I have be involved with the Behr unit install and have heard many of them operate. They are very noisy compared to this modern unit. Controls are so easy to use too.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the link on the dash, I feel inspired to try this. I'm thinking that the sterio could stay in the stock (and possibly be enlarged) location and the old lever control opening could be utilized as a vent location.

How does the Gen IV handle the fresh air opening? Is it blocked off or reduced in size?

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