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Old 09-12-2017, 08:08 AM   #31
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+1 on the Gen IV VA. Just wish I'd put in Rain Gear wipers first. My old cables worked fine, but I knocked one off while I was just finishing up the VA, and I can no longer reach it to put it back on. So take a lesson from my mistake and install RG wipers first if you haven't already.
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Old 09-18-2017, 10:15 AM   #32
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Your post just saved me a bunch of writing. I ordered a Classic Air yesterday for all the reasons you listed above. I dealt with a gentleman named Dwight who was more than helpful through the whole sales process and encouraged me to call him back if I had questions during the install. I do not anticipate any major problems with the install. They have directions on their website and they appear to be very clear with good photos. I looked at VA instructions and all I can say is "no thank you".
Just now saw your post. Haven't been on much. Glad my post was helpful. So how did your install go? Are you pleased with the unit? Yeah Dwight was very helpful with my install as well. While their instructions were better than VA, they still could have been better, and Dwight agreed. He did say they were working on a yet better set of instructions.
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I have been watching this thread for a while, since I installed Southern Air in my 55 restomod project (I took everyone advice and installed Raingear wipers first and glad I did!).

A very common theme seems to be "AC install instructions from most companies generally suck", and based on my own research I agree. Since I am mechanically adept but had never installed AC in ANY car b4 I'm sure it took me far longer to get mine done. Oh, yeah...and I had my right hip replaced in the middle of it all!

However, before starting I compiled installation instructions from a variety of places (not just SA), since the core components are similar across all systems. I also found some articles and got LOTS of help here @ the Forum. Finally, I did reach out to SA several times and in each instance they replied quite helpfully.

In the end, the substantial cost diff between SA and VA (and others) made it worthwhile for me to go with SA. So far I'm not sorry...but my car isn't on the road yet.
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A lot of Vintage Air fans here. Not me.
The unit is near impossible to get up under the dash. Once it's in you have no room to get to the wiper system, the control box and anything else under the right dash. The fan is too loud even in the low position.
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John.....Please tell me more...What unit would you or did you buy as I need ac and wipers
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Got our Southern Rods a/c system installed and working.

>When the a/c fan is on, it pulls the system voltage way down. Gotta check the fan grounding...might be a bad fan ground.
Turns out that the in-dash voltmeter is wired into the harness incorrectly and reading system voltage inaccurately. The battery is getting a full charge even with the a/c on. Need to move the B+ side of the voltmeter to a more appropriate location.
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