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ADDING AIR CONDITIONING

Ray Cecil
What are my options?

I have an Air Conditioned Bronco sitting here (1987). Would the AC box that houses the heater core and evap core bolt onto my firewall? I know older chevys had different holes in the firewall for ac and non ac cars. I do not know for these trucks.

If I can rob this bronco, would be nice.
Ray Cecil
1982 Flareside 300 Six, Hedman Headers, 4x4, SROD 4 Speed, 1 Wire HEI "Little Blue 82"....
1969 Impala Custom Coupe, 86,000 miles, 327, Powerglide.
1999 Silverado, 346,000 miles, 5.3 Automatic Z71 4WD
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85lebaront2
Ray, unfortunately the Bullnose is the last Ford that had completely different firewall for heater only vs AC. If you have the dashboard fresh air vent system then you might have the proper opening. 1987 up, the basic system heater vs AC is the same, just the heater only box is smaller underhood.
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Steve83
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I used an '87F system in my (factory A/C) '83B for a while, but it's not very good.  The '94-96/7 system is much better and fits the same firewall holes.  But you have to get the WHOLE system.



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Rembrant
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Ray Cecil wrote
What are my options?
Buy a donor AC Cab...or a complete donor truck with AC...or swap firewalls...there's no simple solution.

I was eyeing up one of those Vintage Air systems until I saw how it fits in the cab. Somebody posted pics on FB not all that long ago. You'd never fit one in a truck with a manual trans...not one with a shifter on the floor at least.

I'd have no problem installing an aftermarket system, as long as the AC unit in the cab was small enough.

If you find something, let us all know;).
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Re: ADDING AIR CONDITIONING

Ray Cecil
Thanks for all the replies. I am going to put this on the backburner. The CHEVY still has good air, so I am good for now. I dont want to cut up the factory firwall, so if that means I have to make a system myself, I might. Im very comfortable these days with ac systems. Been tinkering for years now and ive had good luck rebuilding and recharging systems.

On Tue, Jun 4, 2019, 6:50 PM Rembrant [via Bullnose Enthusiasts] <[hidden email]> wrote:
Ray Cecil wrote
What are my options?
Buy a donor AC Cab...or a complete donor truck with AC...or swap firewalls...there's no simple solution.

I was eyeing up one of those Vintage Air systems until I saw how it fits in the cab. Somebody posted pics on FB not all that long ago. You'd never fit one in a truck with a manual trans...not one with a shifter on the floor at least.

I'd have no problem installing an aftermarket system, as long as the AC unit in the cab was small enough.

If you find something, let us all know;).
1984 F150 4X2 Flareside. Mild 302 w/GT40 heads, BBK headers, Holley 4bbl, Comp Cam, M5R2 5spd swap, Magnaflow full duals. Blotchy paint, original bare bones stripper.
1985 F150 4X4 Flareside. Stock 302 EFI to 300/6 swap, 5spd swap, cab swap, 133/117 frame chop, etc. Under extensive Reconstruction.



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Ray Cecil
1982 Flareside 300 Six, Hedman Headers, 4x4, SROD 4 Speed, 1 Wire HEI "Little Blue 82"....
1969 Impala Custom Coupe, 86,000 miles, 327, Powerglide.
1999 Silverado, 346,000 miles, 5.3 Automatic Z71 4WD
2008 Tahoe (wife's)

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FuzzFace2
To swap in an AC firewall to a non-AC truck is not an easy job and have it look factory and I know as I did it.
I had a parts truck with AC I pulled everything from including the firewall part by drilling out the spot welds to fit it back in.
Once the firewall part is over come you can then use everything from a factory truck.

BTW they say you can cut the other hole for the AC in the non-AC firewall but that was to easy for me LOL.
I have some pictures of this on my site if you want to see them.
Dave ----
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