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  1. #26
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    Default 455 Vintage Air 70-72 Buick

    Here you go guys here are some pics of the VA install in a 1970 Skylark.

    IMG_1115.jpgThe bracket is all done and the belts like up great. We used a dual grove alternator pulley to help keep tension on the compressor
    IMG_1116.jpgWe opted for the rear exit compressor for this setup..... it helps keep the lines look a little cleaner.
    IMG_1120.jpgBelt Alignment
    IMG_1111.jpgThe condenser mounted.
    IMG_1113.jpgThis is the lower condenser bracket.
    IMG_1112.jpgThe #8 Hard line was bent up to look like the factory setup.
    IMG_1114.jpgThis pan head screw is holding a clamp that holds the #6 A/C line behind the battery.
    IMG_1117.jpgWe used the lower dash vents from the VA kit. We just sanded and painted the housing to match the dash, we also removed the chrome from around the vents to more appropriately match the dash.
    IMG_1118.jpgThe Factory Heater Control handles the VA quite nice.
    IMG_1119.jpgThis is the under column Plenum.... you will have to use your imagination on how this installs.

  2. #27
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    Default Re: 455 A/C Sanden Compressor bracket

    Nice work, the compressor looks good mounted like that. Why did you use the under dash vents, does your dash pad not have the vent that's kind of in the center?
    Craig
    71 GS 455 503 HP (flywheel)
    Best ET - 11.770 @112 mph,
    Best 60' - 1.583 60' on slicks w/ 3.55 rear

  3. #28
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    Default Re: 455 A/C Sanden Compressor bracket

    Quote Originally Posted by mltdwn12 View Post
    Nice work, the compressor looks good mounted like that. Why did you use the under dash vents, does your dash pad not have the vent that's kind of in the center?
    No, I have 2 pads for this car and neither of them had the center vent. At least is wasnt one of the ones that didnt have any vents.....

  4. #29
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    Default Re: 455 A/C Sanden Compressor bracket

    Hi Longhorn...
    Sent you a PM

    GSX-Eric /Oregon

  5. #30
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    Default Re: 455 A/C Sanden Compressor bracket

    i used the original a/c bracket, cut it down near the bolt holes,
    then used a piece of all thread and a few washers and nuts.
    not show quality but it fast, cheep and easy.

    the hardest part is removing material from the bracket to get clearance for adjustment of the belt.
    1968 Skylark
    464-BBB
    2004r- 3400 stall lock-up
    3.73 12-bolt
    3900 lbs.
    Street car 11.60@114

  6. #31
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    Default Re: 455 A/C Sanden Compressor bracket

    Longhorn, The set up looks good. I just my have to work at getting one for my wagon. Have you ran that set up? How does it perform?

    Tim
    1971 Buick Sportwagon 350/4
    2013 Ford Focus ST. factory pro-touring car. " Pugsley"
    2015 Harley Street Glide, 103 CI.

  7. #32
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    Default Re: 455 A/C Sanden Compressor bracket

    PM sent

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    Default Re: 455 A/C Sanden Compressor bracket

    PM Sent.
    Kind Regards,
    Scott
    1970 Buick GS 455 Stage 1 Convertible Tribute
    1989 Pontiac Formula 350 T-Top - 39k miles!

  9. #34
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    Default Re: 455 A/C Sanden Compressor bracket

    OK everyone I was able to get a second bracket cut and welded. This bracket is slightly different than the first. I have moved the compressor closer to the center line of the engine and I also shortened the amount of swing on the tentioner bracket.
    I now have this bracket installed on a friends 72 455 with original A/C Pulleys.

    The bracket is constructed from 1/4 and 3/16 steel plate and 3/4 diameter steel sleeves which is all tig welded together.
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  10. #35
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    Default Re: 455 A/C Sanden Compressor bracket

    Once again, I'll say that's a nice looking creation If you get to the point where it's worth your while to sell those, I'm inline. Being out here in Phoenix, it'd sure help me enjoy the car a little bit more April to October
    Craig
    71 GS 455 503 HP (flywheel)
    Best ET - 11.770 @112 mph,
    Best 60' - 1.583 60' on slicks w/ 3.55 rear

  11. #36
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    Default Re: 455 A/C Sanden Compressor bracket

    Ok guys

    When I am confident enough to make these brackets available they will be right around the $200 due to material costs and time involved. You would have to re use your original alternator tensioner and alternator/head bolts. I would supply bolts for the compressor and thin washers to dial in the alternator fore and aft as I have seen slight differences in alternator lower mounting bosses.

  12. #37
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    Default Re: 455 A/C Sanden Compressor bracket

    Just say when you're ready to sell them
    Craig
    71 GS 455 503 HP (flywheel)
    Best ET - 11.770 @112 mph,
    Best 60' - 1.583 60' on slicks w/ 3.55 rear

  13. #38
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    Default Re: 455 A/C Sanden Compressor bracket

    Quote Originally Posted by mltdwn12 View Post
    just say when you're ready to sell them :tu:
    +1
    Dean P.
    '72 Sun Coupe GSX
    w/Gorgeous West Tx Girl by my side
    My Sun Coupe resto thread: http://v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=216001
    My custom LED tail light install thread: http://v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=217969

  14. #39
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    Default Re: 455 A/C Sanden Compressor bracket

    Hi Longhorn...
    Not sure what you mean by ..."you would have to use your original alternator tensioner"
    Do you mean the flat metal arm that you tighten up the alternator to?
    Huuuum?
    Price sounds good.

    Eric / Oregon

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    Default Re: 455 A/C Sanden Compressor bracket

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric View Post
    Hi Longhorn...
    Not sure what you mean by ..."you would have to use your original alternator tensioner"
    Do you mean the flat metal arm that you tighten up the alternator to?
    Huuuum?
    Price sounds good
    Eric / Oregon
    Eric, you got it the bracket with the blue arrow.
    Tensioner.jpg

  16. #41
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    Default Re: 455 A/C Sanden Compressor bracket

    Count me in for a bracket. As soon as they're available I'll take one. Thanks for making these. They're much needed.
    69 GS400 convertible 4-speed
    69 GS STG 2 10.04@130
    68/69 STEPCHILD NATION
    [IMG][/IMG]

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    Default Re: 455 A/C Sanden Compressor bracket

    Is there also some sort of a bracket or arm that goes from the top side of the alternator over to the
    top side of the Sanden compressor for upper support too?
    Great pictures...I must say!


    Eric /Oregon

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    Default Re: 455 A/C Sanden Compressor bracket

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0U-Ux1vZCU

    Erick there is no upper bracket between the alternator and compressor.

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    Default Re: 455 A/C Sanden Compressor bracket

    So... obviously your bracket works just fine without any top side support. That is just too clean!
    Thanks again Longhorn for putting in all the time to create this bracket!
    I have my Vintage Air kit sitting in a box ready to install.
    I would be interested in talking to you about the original dash controls hook up later
    if possible.


    Eric / Oregon

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    Default Re: 455 A/C Sanden Compressor bracket

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric View Post
    So... obviously your bracket works just fine without any top side support. That is just too clean!
    I might just be able to have a/c this summer...
    Thanks again Longhorn for putting in all the time to create this bracket!
    I have my Vintage Air kit sitting in a box ready to install.
    I would be interested in talking to you about the original dash controls hook up later
    if possible.


    Eric / Oregon
    Good deal Eric. I've been waiting for you to guineas pig the vintage air for me for a long time. Lol...
    Please start a thread with lots of pics when you get started.
    69 GS400 convertible 4-speed
    69 GS STG 2 10.04@130
    68/69 STEPCHILD NATION
    [IMG][/IMG]

  21. #46
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    Default Re: 455 A/C Sanden Compressor bracket

    I have a few pictures of the install into a 1970 Buick as well as a 78 Firebird (both of witch VA does not make) on our Facebook page here:

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...=3&uploaded=32

    You can also check out lots of build pictures of the 70 Buick at this link here:

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...1262933&type=3

  22. #47
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    Default Re: 455 A/C Sanden Compressor bracket

    Ok Todd...As soon as I get the bracket I will start taking pictures...
    It's going in my 69 convertible with my brand new 462 Stage 1 that I just got back
    last Monday.
    Longhorn is our hero if he pulls this off!

    Eric / Oregon

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    Default Re: 455 A/C Sanden Compressor bracket

    You guys are really putting the pressure on me here...... I hope it will be everything you all imagined.

  24. #49
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    Default Re: 455 A/C Sanden Compressor bracket

    Hi Longhorn...
    Any new update on the great "Big Block Buick" a/c bracket?

    Sincerely,

    Buick Eric / Oregon

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    Default Re: 455 A/C Sanden Compressor bracket

    Any updates? I'm ready for a bracket also.
    James & Stacy Miller
    GSCA #1143
    '70 GS 350 w/ 455. Red/ Black bucket seat int.
    Stock for now.

 

 
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