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Old 05-18-2015, 10:19 AM   #1
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Rear window AC: Are Chevy/Ford rear windows similar?

I've been looking at the nice rear-window AC housing that Canada-based Safari Condo offers (see images below). It's designed to mount in a Chevy van's driver's side rear-door window, but I'm wondering if I could make it work in my Ford E250 without too much modification to the housing. It's nice in that it's not a permanent install, and can be taken out without too much hassle from the looks of it. Any idea how similar in dimensions the two van's rear windows are? Figured I'd ask here before driving over to my local Chevy dealer and measuring. I believe Safari Condo sells the housing plus AC unit for around $600 (CAD) or so. (See http://www.safaricondo.com/en/accessoires_motorises)

I'm also not sure if the AC housing would clear a spare tire mounted on a rear door. (I have the basic rear-door tire carrier, not the Aluminess type.)

I've seen a few Safari Condos over the years. Wish they were available here in the USA, as they have really nice build quality and some interesting features. They are willing to convert existing USA-spec vehicles, but you have to get it up to them in Canada.



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Old 05-18-2015, 10:22 AM   #2
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Re: Rear window AC: Are Chevy/Ford rear windows similar?

Well it is a little more attractive take on the rear windows AC installs I've seen before, but the Chevy windows are a good bit larger. Maybe it could be trimmed down. PM LenS. He has that body style Chevy.

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Old 05-18-2015, 10:30 AM   #3
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Re: Rear window AC: Are Chevy/Ford rear windows similar?

GTRV puts a unit in the back door - not a bad option and easy to do. Doors are cheap if you ever wanted to go back to stock.



This one has the same unit hidden behind a custom Aluminess box:

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Re: Rear window AC: Are Chevy/Ford rear windows similar?

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GTRV puts a unit in the back door - not a bad option and easy to do. Doors are cheap if you ever wanted to go back to stock.
Yeah, I've seen GTRV's implementation, but it won't work with a spare tire carrier that's mounted on the door.
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Re: Rear window AC: Are Chevy/Ford rear windows similar?

I have a 97 Ford and an 03 Chevy. I measured them and the Chevy is roughly 2 inches wider and 2 inches taller and the Ford has slightly more curve. I can take some pics if it would help.
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I have a 97 Ford and an 03 Chevy. I measured them and the Chevy is roughly 2 inches wider and 2 inches taller and the Ford has slightly more curve. I can take some pics if it would help.
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Re: Rear window AC: Are Chevy/Ford rear windows similar?

As for the spare tire. I have a 245 spare on both and neither would be and issue.
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Re: Rear window AC: Are Chevy/Ford rear windows similar?

I held a square up to all four corners and the Chevy has some curve at the top of the door also and the Ford doesn't. It would be very hard to pull the top left corner down flush.
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