This month’s restoration project is a very cool one when it comes to premium automotive air-conditioning. When you need ultimate style and killer performance, look to Restomod Air when you get ready to add or replace your old air-conditioning unit. They produce the only true custom aftermarket car A/C systems that offer high-performance cooling, and a full line of air-conditioning control panels, bulkhead plates, and air-conditioning vents that complement each other.
From classic to custom, Restomod Air offers you American-made, quality built products and cutting-edge selections of billet aluminum, tungsten, titanium, carbon-fiber, carbon aluminum, brass, copper, and steel components. That said, we had no choice other than to install their state-of-the-art air-conditioning system into our project ’68 Super Sport.
We also chose their A/C system and components because we didn’t want sub-par performance and plain vanilla styling that makes a car builder want to hide the car’s system and parts, sacrificing both function and aesthetics. Now follow along as we show you how simple it is to upgrade your ride and keep it feeling cool as well as looking cool too. Keep your eye out for our upcoming article on the completed installation.
1. We chose Restomod Air to keep our Impala classically cool with quality, modern technology.
2. The Restomod Air Haymaker II system is compact but powerful.
3. First on master technician Jason’s agenda was to fit the A/C unit under the dash and see where exactly he was going to bolt the system down.
4. The mounting holes needed to be drilled out.
5. After measuring out some braces, the A/C unit received custom-mounted brackets that would hold it in place.
6. More drilling was needed in order to keep the A/C unit secure.
7. The A/C bracket was bolted down to the vehicle body.
8. The second arm brace was going to keep the unit in place and allow us to do whatever was necessary now that the unit was stationary.
9. The A/C unit was bolted in place and ready to have the lines and the electrical wiring added to it.
10. With a smooth or shaved firewall the purpose is to have all of the components hidden to keep the car looking good.
11. We chose to run the bulkheads on the lower part of the firewall to keep the wall as clean as possible.
12. The Restomod Air bulkheads also look heavy-duty and have an industrial appearance.
13. We used a uni-bit to drill the firewall.
14. The bulkheads needed to be checked for fitment before we moved any further.
15. Once we knew that the bulkheads were fitted properly, they where bolted in place.
16. Since we wanted to keep the bulkheads as hidden as possible they were going to be on the lower part of the fenderwell, so we needed to trim and modify the fenderwell.
17. The fenderwell needed to be welded in small sections.
18. The new enclosed box will allow the bulkheads to bolt on with out any obstacles.
19. The stock factory cable-operated system will be replaced with some wiring so it can operate the A/C system.
20. The factory panel can be cleaned up to make it look original and it will control all of the new electronics that operate the A/C unit.
21. We chose to upgrade to the “Reactor” series single-knob A/C controller with the LED indicators instead.
22. The A/C lines were trimmed and made to fit the car specifically.
23. Measuring was a key factor because you don’t want to end your project with oversized hoses.
24. Measure twice and cut once so you don’t have to keep trimming, or in worse-case scenario, start over.
25. The A/C lines were crimped and attached to the bulkheads.
26. This bypass module will turn the heat up as it allows the engine water to circulate, creating warm air when your heater is needed.
27. The heater hoses where connected to warm things up when heat is ever needed.
28. This install is a cool wrap.