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Old 09-30-2014, 06:58 PM
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Air Conditioning Upgrades!

Howdy there folks. I've been going through my A/C system. I've cleaned up the ac box and vents, resealed the vent flappers, installed a new heater core, new blower motor etc etc.

I had some new lines made up to replace the 30 year old dry rotted specimens. Here's a terrible picture of the one of the new hoses...



Now I'm at the condenser. I would like to run 134a. But I figure like most systems designed for r12, the condenser will be too small. I'm thinking about buying a larger universal condenser to retrofit into place to make up for the loss in efficiency from converting to 134a.

I'll probably get one similar to this.



Have any of you done this? I like to see your setup and see how it works. Any and all thoughts are welcome.

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I've been contemplating doing the same thing with my Bronco. I will likely buy the complete kit, something along these lines:

Nostalgic AC - Complete Ford AC Kit - Select an Evaporator - Stock Comp. Mount - Ford AC Kits For Trucks - Ford Complete Kits - Complete A/C Kits

They sell many individual parts, including condensers:

Nostalgic AC - Aftermarket AC Condensers
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I guess I can't say that I've DONE it, because I haven't figured out how to buy the lines I need to actually run things, but I installed the condenser off of a 2001 Jimmy. It fit ALMOST perfect in my 79 and was very easy to mount.

If you were interested in buying one of those it would be worth a trip to a junk yard to take a look at them first and pick up the mounting brackets with their little rubber isolators before hand.
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I think I've about figured out what I'm going to do. I'm going to get the largest modern universal parallel flow condenser I can fit (much more efficient design than tube and fin condensers on our trucks). They're pretty cheap on eBay 50-100$ Once it's mounted I'm going to get some lines made for it to accommodate the factory drier. There all common fittings so it shoulnt be too much trouble.

If you want to make a custom line the easiest way I've found to do it is take the fittings to a hose shop. Most common fittings they'll probably have, but the oddball vehicle specific fittings they should be able to braze to one of their own fittings. If you look at my original post, that's what they did on my hoses.
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So this all I have done in a few months... I ordered a parallel flow condensed and mounted it in place of the factor condenser.



Now I just need to mount the sanden air compressor, and drier and make up some lines. Maybe my next installment will be a little quicker!
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