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Under dash air conditioner - 89 F350

Discussion in '6.9L IH & 7.3L IDI Diesels' started by ComatoseLlama, Nov 19, 2019.

  1. ComatoseLlama

    ComatoseLlama Registered User

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    My truck didn't come from the factory with air conditioning, and living in Michigan it's pretty much a necessity come august. It seems like retrofitting the factory air conditioner into my truck would be a massive PITA, and probably wouldn't end up working out too great. getting a whole system would probably be expensive as well.

    I've found these under dash air conditioning kits, popular for classic muscle cars and beetles and stuff, it seems that with two holes in the firewall I could have one of these installed in a day. I would be giving up some passenger leg room, or maybe I could trim the bottom of the dash off. This would also likely be the cheaper option, the blower is $200-$300, and the rest would be under $100 from a junkyard.

    Does anyone have any experience with either solution to this problem? I'm not sure which solution is better here

    Thanks - CL

    Here's an example of an under dash unit, this one is not so well mounted.
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    Garbage_Mechan Garbage Mechanic

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    Have one of those in my 71 Datsun B110 “1200” Coupe.
    On the Ford I would just get the factory stuff. Seldom needed, often still in the cab when crushed. Cab parts don’t need to be a diesel.
     
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    I believe Vintage Air is the most popular brand folks go with. I don't have any experience with it, but they seem to work good.

    Luckly, the brick nose dash (passenger side) provides quite a lot of knee room to play with, you might lose your glove box, but I think there is plenty of room.
     
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    There was - WAS - a company out of Ft Worth that made retrofit kits, but they went out of business several years ago. As mentioned, your best bet is a factory 'kit' removed from a parts truck.

    Eli
     
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    Besides the compressor will the ac components out of any 89 F150/F250/F350 work? If so that's awesome, I'm in the middle of Michigan there's nothin but broke down old fords in the junkyards here. Mostly gas trucks though

    Thanks for all the replies - CL
     
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    Gas truck will be fine. Doesn"t matter. Better deal
     
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    Someone on here has the diesel compressor brackets to help you out if you don’t find them local. Use a new condenser out of a 92-97 for 134. Any cab on your year range for the cab parts. New hoses for your year diesel.
     
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    a bronco will work too
     
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