Mark Houlahan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
November 11, 2010
Photos By: Courtesy Of Vintage Air

Way back when our favorite rides were sparkling new and holding down a dealer's showroom floor somewhere, very few of them were optioned with any form of air conditioning system. In the early '60s, air conditioning was considered an extravagance for most of the population.

This is easy to see when you spot the rare window sticker at a show and read down the option list. Competition suspension is $30-something, AM radio might have been $50 or $60, and then-bam!-manual air conditioning to the tune of $300 or more.

That's right. there is usually about 15 to 20 percent of the purchase price of the car. That was a huge sum back then and would often be a deal breaker for many, so the dealer would order the car sans-A/C, and then if the customer really wanted it, they'd install a dealer add-on kit in the service department and add it to the cost of the car.

Factory-installed air conditioning was in such low demand at the early part of the decade, most cars weren't even designed to use an "in-dash" system. It wasn't until the '67 model year that the Mustang had a factory in-dash setup with real vents and controls, and not the under-dash "knee-knocker" we've seen in the earlier cars.

Today, buying a car without air conditioning is practically unheard of; just like power windows and locks, or even cruise control. On a hot summer day, most of us run from our air-conditioned daily drivers into an air-conditioned office or home before the sun has a chance to stick our clothes to our body. This is all too often why, in the hottest parts of the year, many of us leave our classic Ford or Mustang in the garage, forgoing it for the family truckster as our transportation to the local cruise night. Or the reason we end up being spectators at the largest summer shows. We just dread the thought of sticking to that hot black vinyl interior, sitting in traffic melting, only to get to our destination already needing a shower by the time we get out of the car. This doesn't have to happen people. Not today, not anymore.

With the help of Vintage Air, one of the oldest and most respected names in air conditioning for classics, kit cars, and street rods, you can bolt in your own air conditioning system over a weekend and be ready for those hot summer show and cruise dates you've longed to attend with your classic.

Best of all, with Vintage Air's new Gen-IV system technology, the air conditioning unit is compact, yet powerful, and is completely electronic-controlled, like your modern daily driver. There are no vacuum lines to route or cables that bind. Their unique system converts your original slide controls into electrical inputs that move the electric case servos, which control the airflow and temperature within the case.

Vintage Air has Gen-IV systems for '65-'70 Mustangs and '64-'65 Falcons/Rancheros via its SureFit series. The Gen-IV (as well as the all-electric Gen II) is available as a stand-alone evaporator unit that you can custom configure for any classic Ford car or truck too. Just give the folks at Vintage Air a call and they'll help you "keep your cool."

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