Grant Peterson
May 5, 2010

Tech | Vintage Air Install
This just in: size does matter after all-and smaller is better! Well, maybe not for everything, but when it comes to things cluttering your engine compartment, small and compact is good. Air conditioning generally takes up a fair amount of space under the dash and under the hood and Vintage Air knows this as well as anyone. A couple of years back, with great success we might add, the company introduced its Frontrunner complete serpentine conversion system that reduces all the engine mounted accessories to a tight-knit cluster that mounts only to the engine block via a custom billet CNC-machined timing cover. This doesn't clutter up the front of the cylinder heads, allowing them to be removed easily, should you need to, without disturbing the front dress.

The Frontrunner is driven by a serpentine belt to help simplify the system and uses an OE spring-loaded tensioner for hassle-free use and adjustment. To help stay in the confines of the engine block's footprint, Vintage Air's new and exclusive TiteFit compact compressor package fits in a spot that's not much bigger than the alternator! Precision machined then hard-coated, the Frontrunner's aluminum pulleys reduce weight, but wear like steel. Plus the pulley sizes are engineered and matched for optimum component speeds, which reduces failure and maintenance.

The Frontrunner was only available for the small-block Chevy engines at first, but for all of us Blue Oval fans, it's been available to order for your small-block Ford in your classic Mustang, Ford, or Ford-powered street rod or kit car for a while now.

Early Ford trucks don't always have, and in fact rarely do they have, much room under their shallow dashboards for extra stuff like stereos and A/C units. Many older factory or dealer-installed A/C units typically hung well below the bottom of the dash, just like the more recognizable Mustang underdash systems. But it was all in the name of comfort, right? Now we can have both! Vintage Air has had great success with its Gen II unit and now has it in a mini version as well, which would work perfectly in the mid-'60s F-100, like the one that we're working on here that has a 351 Windsor in it.

Set aside a Saturday with your classic Ford, Mustang, or truck and you could have air conditioning in it in and a killer serpentine belt drive that leaves plenty of underhood real estate in no time thanks to Vintage Air!

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