Contributed by Tara Bush. Video by Pete Muller, Tint World Longwood
My preference is that classic cars stay original or restored to original. For two reasons: the manufacturers already spend millions on design and it is timeless. Trends come and go, plus aftermarket enhancements can be challenging to fit with one another. I can certainly appreciate the work, money and horsepower involved in an protouring designed vehicle and often envy the attention they receive. Honestly, I also envy their modern day comforts. I didn't want to hide away during the summer months due to the heat and humidity. So it was a big step for me to install vintage air conditioning in my 1967 Acadian several years ago. It worked okay as long as the vent is directly facing a body part at all times, but the other parts are still suffering. The sun is heating up the inside as fast as the AC can cool it down. A friend told me about a high-quality, nearly clear tint that blocks 80% of the sun's heat entering through the windows. I was skeptical of taking my classic to one of those outside tent places that specialize in off-the-roll tint for average daily drivers. How would they treat a classic with different angles and little vent windows?
The owner of Tint World Longwood started attending our local shows with his Viper, so I decided to pay him a visit. The shop was clean and full of show cars so that was a good sign. Plus they do more than tint; like audio upgrades, security alarms, detailing, and more. It was finished a few hours later and they kept it inside out of the rain until I could retrieve it. I was informed by the installer that classics take twice the amount of time than a modern day muscle car, however he thoroughly enjoyed it. I never realized how much is involved in fitting this thick film to different shapes of windows until I saw this video that Tint World made. Now my classic has a simple modern upgrade that no one can see, plus I'll be able to enjoy the A/C even that much more.