Vanagon EuroVan
Previous messageNext messagePrevious in topicNext in topicPrevious by same authorNext by same authorPrevious page (January 2009, week 2)Back to main VANAGON pageJoin or leave VANAGON (or change settings)ReplyPost a new messageSearchProportional fontNon-proportional font
Date:         Mon, 12 Jan 2009 21:24:42 -0800
Reply-To:     Kim Springer <kimspringer@ASTOUND.NET>
Sender:       Vanagon Mailing List <>
From:         Kim Springer <kimspringer@ASTOUND.NET>
Subject:      Re: stock 7 passenger ac in double cab?
In-Reply-To:  <>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="US-ASCII"

Hi Volks,

I'm sure BenT expected me to chime in here:

I installed an aftermarket AC unit (Blower and Evap) under the rear seat of my DC and it works marginally at this point. If I drive in 90 degree weather for 15 minutes it cools off the cab alright, but it isn't blowing in your face.

I will likely upgrade the system again, bigger blowers and bigger Evap.

The condenser is the stock unit forward of the radiator. I started with a condenser under the truck with a blower...not big enough for the job.

The radiator fan is tri-wired to run when when the system pressure gets low.

Simply put, it's better to get a system that blows from the top down and in your face. Mine is under the rear seat and has a harder time to circulate the air around. If it was piped to the headliner, it would be a better system, but just try to find a path.

For life in CA, it works.


-----Original Message----- From: Vanagon Mailing List [] On Behalf Of BenT . Sent: Monday, January 12, 2009 1:56 PM To: vanagon@GERRY.VANAGON.COM Subject: Re: stock 7 passenger ac in double cab?

Hi Florian,

I have never seen a Doka with the AC option but have seen retrofitted systems.

Technically, the following systems are from 7-passenger vans:

1) Behr in-dash system. Perfect for Doka IMHO.

2) Pre-86 overhead AC. Stickers inside say Klima. I assumed that was the brand but might just mean AC in German. Downside is evaporator and blowers are near the driver & front passenger's head. Trick is support for right side because that is normally on the slidign door track. Been done a lot of times.

3) Dealer installed DPD aftermarket AC systems. Close to a clone of the Behr only better IMHO. As Dan Fleming pointed out, the Behr is difficult to fit because of the big brass bulkhead fitting. The DPD just needs two holes drilled for the AC hoses.

4) As for the post-86 AC systems, I can only see using portions of thew system. The ductwork will need to bew custom made. Unsuitable as a system IMO.

5) Custom systems: Well that's another topic.

BenT Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T

-----Original Message----- From: Florian Speier <groups.florian@GMAIL.COM>

Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2009 12:56:54 To: <vanagon@GERRY.VANAGON.COM> Subject: Re: stock 7 passenger ac in double cab?

if it fits under the rear seat that would be a great option.... can anyone who owns a doka and a seven passenger chime in? BenT?


On Mon, Jan 12, 2009 at 12:44 PM, dylan friedman <> wrote:

> would the entire system fit nicely under the rear seat? > yes, it would be a custom install, but most retro AC systems are. > > dylan > > > > > ________________________________ > From: Zeitgeist <gruengeist@GMAIL.COM> > To: vanagon@GERRY.VANAGON.COM > Sent: Monday, January 12, 2009 3:31:59 PM > Subject: Re: stock 7 passenger ac in double cab? > > Where do they plan to install the evaporator? Was AC ever factory offered > in the Doka? > > On Mon, Jan 12, 2009 at 12:03 PM, Florian Speier > <>wrote: > > > someone wants to buy my 7 passenger ac and put it into a double cab.... > do > > you guys think thats possible? > > Florian > > > > -- > Casey > '87 300TD > '94 100CSQ Avant > '89 Bluestar > >

Back to: Top of message | Previous page | Main VANAGON page

Please note - During the past 17 years of operation, several gigabytes of Vanagon mail messages have been archived. Searching the entire collection will take up to five minutes to complete. Please be patient!

Return to the archives @

The vanagon mailing list archives are copyright (c) 1994-2011, and may not be reproduced without the express written permission of the list administrators. Posting messages to this mailing list grants a license to the mailing list administrators to reproduce the message in a compilation, either printed or electronic. All compilations will be not-for-profit, with any excess proceeds going to the Vanagon mailing list.

Any profits from list compilations go exclusively towards the management and operation of the Vanagon mailing list and vanagon mailing list web site.