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Old 07-07-2012, 10:12 PM
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A/C compressor conversion, York to Sanden

There have been several threads over the years about doing this swap, but most of them went a little beyond what I was interested in doing. I had a functioning factory installed system with the York compressor on my 460 powered '79 F150.

Last summer the compressor failed and I became more interested in doing this swap. I was not interested in doing an R134a conversion because it would require a bigger condenser and new lines. R12 is available on Ebay and I have a good supply of it.

I was able to find all the components required to do the swap on Ebay for $200 shipped, which included.

1. 9285 SANDEN SD508 STYLE COMPRESSOR W/ CLUTCH
2. YORK TO SANDEN /SELTEC ADJUST. COMPRESSOR MOUNT KIT
3. MALE O RING TO FEMALE O RING #8 90 DEGREE ADAPTER FITTING
4. MALE O RING TO FEMALE O RING #10 90 DEGREE ADAPTER FITTING
(all of them came from FORD ELECTRICAL SWITCHES, MOTOR MOUNTS items in MR FOMOCO MOTORCRAFT store on eBay! who nicely combined the shipping costs)

I also locally purchased a new receiver dryer, longer V belt, some orings, and some longer bolts for the A/C mount bracket.

It was entirely bolt on except for cutting some spacers to locate the compressor in the mount. The original lines connected easily and the A/C is working great, even at idle with no vibration. The only minor annoyance is the high pressure service port on the compressor is a #3 flare fitting instead of the normal #4 size so I had to dig up an adapter for my gauge set.

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I like the look of the Sanden compressor and am thinking about doing the conversion, but I have a good working York right now, so I will keep that until I need a new one.
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:49 AM
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I like the look of the Sanden compressor and am thinking about doing the conversion, but I have a good working York right now, so I will keep that until I need a new one.
Anyone have the complete P/N's for new brackets and all, etc, to convert a york compresor to a Sanden on a 76 F250 with a 390? It seems to me, the york draws down on HP compared to modern compressors. I want to convert mine.

On another note..does anyone have a description/picture of the txv bulb location for a 77 F150?
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Anyone have the complete P/N's for new brackets and all, etc, to convert a york compresor to a Sanden on a 76 F250 with a 390? It seems to me, the york draws down on HP compared to modern compressors. I want to convert mine.
I would guess that all of the stuff I used would be the same, the hose sizes seemed to be standard sizes for compressors. Searching the descriptions I posted on ebay should take you there.
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Hi, can you tell me:

1. what do you mean "cutting some spacers"?
2. why did you go with the SD5 instead of the SD7- my understanding is the SD7xx has more output, which you would want with a 460, or it that more related to cab space and the SD5XX works fine?
3. Did you keep the idler pulley? I notice something that looks like one under the compressor. i have a 76 460 & mine's up top to the left of the compressor

any help appreciated

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beechkingd thanks for posting this. I need to do the exact same thing. Gonna follow along.
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beechkingd thanks for posting this. I need to do the exact same thing. Gonna follow along.
+1 on the post, thanks .. Your windshield washer reservoir needs some work
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I did the Sanden conversion too. The Sanden is lighter, quieter, and more efficient than the York. Plus, at least in my area, you can buy a new Sanden complete with clutch for less than a rebuilt York w/o clutch.
I had new hoses made also so I didn't use the adapter fittings.
I got my bracket from Nostalgic Air in Tampa, Fl. They make the bracket I used that allows the original tensioning setup to be used. They also make a bracket that allows the compressor to pivot to tighten the belt.
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