Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: Sparks/Reno, NV
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I, too, faced this dilemma. My '67 GTO had factory A/C, but I bought it already modified in several regards, so was not too concerned about maintaining originality, as many here are. In fact, my compressor and many hoses and other peripheral items are completely missing.
I liked the idea of clearing all that vintage equipment off the right side firewall. I also found it appealing to not ever have to pay the price for R12, even though that should not be a frequent expense, if the system is sound. I do like eliminating cable operated controls under the dash (frequent trouble area in our cars!), and knowing that every part in the system is brand-dang new! I will give up some glove box depth, but I also like the modern, billet (quite small) control panel to install in my custom dash panel, since I will not be using the very cool adapters VA includes with their kits to retrofit the existing mechanical climate controls to electric switches and servos.
I have had good experience with Vintage Air in a '40 Ford Sedan and that is the system I chose (Classic Auto Air does not make a direct-fit system to replace in a GTO with OEM A/C) for my Goat. I plan to be installing it over the next couple weekends, so can report back, if you are interested in a complete first-hand experience.