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Old 08-07-2019, 12:51 PM   #1
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Adding dash air

So i recently bought a gmc savana 3500 in portland oregon and drove it back to phoenix with only minor incident. i thought the ac just needed a recharge but once back to phoenix i found out it doesnt have dash ac. Has anyone added dash ac to their PNW bus ?
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Old 08-07-2019, 01:49 PM   #2
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Who’s bus body?

Does it have GM dash controls for AC?
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Old 08-07-2019, 02:36 PM   #3
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the dash has vents, a temp dial and an dial for air flow amount. ill see about uploading a picture when i get home from work
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Old 08-07-2019, 03:11 PM   #4
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the dash has vents, a temp dial and an dial for air flow amount. ill see about uploading a picture when i get home from work
What makes you think there isnít any dash AC? The reason I ask is because I have an Express. I havenít dug into it completely, but by all indications the components are all there. Iím sure hoping that itís just a few changes to have it in the cab so I can ditch that giant condenser.
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Old 08-07-2019, 03:21 PM   #5
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If anyone out there has a Minotour with experience with its AC, please reply. Thanks
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Old 08-07-2019, 03:53 PM   #6
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lack of compressor, condenser, ac lines
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Old 08-07-2019, 07:42 PM   #7
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on most all of the chevy vans if it has Dash air, the controls will say 'Max A/C'. 'A/C'. then have the air directionals..



the older units just have the Air directionals and then a Separate A/C button..



if it is marked for A/C then it once had it and has been yanked out...



the Heater only versions of these units were built without evaporators.. so if you have A/C lines that are capped off or cut from the firewall then you just need condenser, hoses, and condenser..



it can get involved if the system is not marked for A/C.. usually the wiring is there, but you;ll have to tear apart the dash to install the evaporator..


example of Non A/C control
chevy-van-non-AC.jpg


and one with A/C originally
chrvy-van-with-AC.jpg


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Old 08-07-2019, 09:53 PM   #8
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Waxman, does your bus have an AC evaporator in the back? My Minotour has a Carrier AC unit for the bus body. When I look under the hood I can see that there’s a compressor and I see that there’s lines that go to the Carrier condenser. I also have the AC and Max AC that Christopher posted. I haven’t dug in any more than that. I’m hoping that the GM condenser and evaporator are there too and all I need to do is remove the teed-in Carrier system.
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Old 08-08-2019, 01:42 AM   #9
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I have a similar situation, 3500 with no factory air. Looks like the components can be purchased from Rockauto at a reasonable price, but I'm hesitant to tear into the dash. Anybody here actually done this?
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Old 08-08-2019, 02:30 AM   #10
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I have a similar situation, 3500 with no factory air. Looks like the components can be purchased from Rockauto at a reasonable price, but I'm hesitant to tear into the dash. Anybody here actually done this?
Do you have the AC dials on the dash?
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