One of the best creature comforts that can be added or upgraded to our old trucks is air conditioning. Many of us are lucky enough to have it in our daily drivers and take it for granted on those hot summer days until we swap cars and go to take the old truck for a spin. Suddenly, it’s a cacophony of noise and wind as you desperately try to stay cool by rolling the windows down and opening the vents. But try as you might, it’s just not the same. Especially if you’re heading down the road on a long trip as the road noise alone wears you down faster than asphalt on your bare feet.

But it doesn’t have to be that way! Vintage Air has come up with one of the simplest bolt-in kits short of a factory air setup in their latest Gen-IV SureFit System for ’67-72 Chevy and GMC trucks. Added to their long line of truck kits, the SureFit System is their most powerful and intelligent climate control system to date. Microprocessor controls replace the original cable or vacuum-operated connections with electronic cable converters that allow you to retain the factory control panel. Separate high capacity copper parallel-flow heat coil and aluminum plate and fin cooling coils is the most efficient evaporator design available and provides outstanding performance and instant temperature adjustments. Sounds a bit space age doesn’t it? Variable blowers speed and dash/floor/defrost blend ensures that the cab of you pickup stays just the right temperature, just like your late-model.

Available as a complete kit with everything you’ll need to convert your truck over to the latest creature comfort offerings, or as an evaporator kit for those DIYers who want to gather some of the under-the-hood parts themselves, the SureFit kit is a great solution for those of us who want all the latest and greatest.

I ended up picking the tail end of the Summer season to get around to installing the SureFit kit in my ’68, but with a few warm days here and there in Southern California and me putting a couple hundred miles on my truck a week, I can’t tell ya how nice it was to be able to roll up the windows, shut out the noise, wind, and heat, and enjoy my thoughts in comfort. It truly is night and day when it comes to the comfort level achieved with having even a little bit of control over the cab’s climate. And being able to go from too hot to too cool in a matter of minutes is truly amazing. I can’t wait until I get a chance to insulate the floor and doors of the cab properly and put in a decent stereo. Then I’ll truly be living in luxury, and why not!? Now I’ve got even more reason to laugh at people when they tell me what they pay for their late model plastic econobox! Comfort and style all rolled into one, and they think it’s just a junky old truck!

We’re going to handle the first part of the install this month, right up to the point of installing the evaporator unit and connecting the related hoses and wiring. Next month, we’ll come back and pick up where we left off and finish up the install. CCT

SOURCE
LMC Truck
15450 W. 108th Street
Lenexa
KS  66219
800-562-8782
http://www.lmctruck.com
Alan Grove Components
913-837-4368
www.alangrovecomponents.com
Speedway Motors
340 Victory Lane
Lincoln
ME  68528
800-979-0122
http://www.speedwaymotors.com
Vintage Air
18865 Goll Street
San Antonio
TX  78266
800-862-6658
http://www.vintageair.com
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