Dash Air Conditioning for ALL VanagonsCenter Mount RadioRight Mounted Radio3 Knob Vintage Air.Dash Air Conditioning for ALL VanagonsDC-2500DCC-3000 3-Knob: DaytimeDCC-3000 3-Knob: Nighttime

Dash Air Conditioning for ALL Vanagons

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Select your climate control style (optional)
Center radio only. If no selection default is 12v power socket.
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Please Note: Dash AC Shipping Leadtime: 2 weeks

For years, Vanagon owners have suffered with air conditioning that is at best...marginal. Westfalias are the worst because the A/C outlets are just above the rear passenger's heads and so the best you can hope for in the driver or passenger seat is to have cool air blowing at the back of your head.

We now have a great solution that gives you heat and A/C at the dash outlets, the floor, and the defrost vents. Two additional rectangular vents are installed in the dash face and can be aimed whereever your heart desires. 

Right Mounted Radio

Unlike the original Vanagon, but like most all modern cars, the system has air blending control so you can control the temperature of the air flow for comfort year-round. The output, whether heat or A/C, can be directed to the floor, defrost, or the dash outlets. The system is capable of excellent defrosting using the evaporator to remove moisture.

The full glove box remains available for your storage as does the ash tray.

All the controls including the temperature and the fan speed are infinitely variable. We have endeavored to design a system that betters the original and still looks like it might be a factory installation. This system recirculates inside air so no outside pollution or odors can enter unless you choose to open a window. 


Center Mounted Radio


We are offering this kit complete with all the parts to do the job yourself except for the refrigerant lines, the compressor, and the condensor. If you have the factory A/C, the condenser in front of the radiator can be reused, as can the A/C compressor if it is in good condition. The refrigerant hoses necessary for the A/C system will vary by vehicle and engine/compressor type.


This kit includes:

  1. Plenum unit with fan, evaporator and heater core
  2. Variable controls for air temp, fan speed and air direction
  3. Wiring with electronic control unit and relays
  4. New powder coated dash face
  5. Three control knobs and custom faceplate
  6. Electric heater valve
  7. Two additional louvered vents for dash - similar to the OEM vents
  8. Hose for heater core, heat and dash vents and defrost
  9. Adapters for defrost vents
  10. Cover for original air intake and bracket for plenum mounting
  11. Extension for radio antenna with right side radio option

Parts NOT supplied:



We also sell a climate control options separately if desired. 

DCC-3000 3-Knob DCC-2500 Standard Knobs: 3 Knob Vintage Air


For more information check out our dedicated Dash A/C and Climate Control Page.


Basic synopsis of the instructions:

  1. Remove dash completely
  2. Remove the original heat/fresh air box
  3. Remove radio and lengthen wires for radio relocation
  4. Remove cables and controls for original heat and fresh air
  5. Mark dash for cutting holes for radio and air outlets
  6. Drill dash for face mounting bolts
  7. Fit and install screws to attach fresh air cover plenum mounting bracket
  8. Clear underside of dash and install defroster adapters and hoses
  9. Mount plenum unit and wire to power and to heater control valve
  10. Install control switches and power outlets
  11. Install plenum hoses for dash outlets
  12. Fit hoses for heater valve and heater core
  13. Install hoses for A/C
  14. Reinstall dash and connect dash outlets
  15. Install faceplate and knobs
  16. Calibrate controls
  17. Charge system
  18. Enjoy your climate controlled Vanagon!

Required Tools:

  • Basic hand tools
  • Drill and bits
  • Small abrasive disc cutoff tool or similar for cutting dash
  • Wire connector crimper
  • Wire stripper