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A/C problems
#1
I tried to get the A/C charged & Its not going to work. A/C lines are leaking and compressor is leaking. Last week I replaced my heater core. It seems as if I have 3 options.
1 Forget the AC
2 replace original style compressor & have custom lines made for about $400
3 Replace with newer technology A/C system

I have replaced everything in this car about for about $35,000 can't wait to be finished. I've wanted to give up many times but now I can see the end.
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#2
My convertible came with factory air. I had it working and then one of the lines touched the header and emptied the system. I took out the compressor and lines, they were always in the way anyways. The convertible made it pointless. Even with the top up as soon as I started moving warm air would get in.

The final straw was when I ditched it as the daily driver. I don't drive it on hot days anymore.

'Mike'
73 Convertible - 351C/4V CC heads/4bolt/forged flat tops/comp 270/rhodes/mallory unilite/tri-power/hookers/glasspacks/c6/3.50 limited slip/Gear Vendors/Global West sub frames, strut rods and shelby style traction bars/ Rear sway bar/tilt steering (not original)

Pics of modifications included in:
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#3
you can get the original compressor and reproduction a/c lines.
you will need a new dryer as well.

Compressor with clutch is 340$

the lines i got from classic air.
http://www.classicautoair.com/FORD_OEM_Parts_Hose.html

dryer is 60$



a retrofit is going to cost over 1000$

trust me #1 is not an option

#3 can be a mess, if you have factory a/c it is better to get it running again.
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#4
Thanks guys
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#5
The lines we got from Classic Air were far from original looking. The sight glass set up (TXV?) is massive with all the brass adapters. We got that set up for our cougar and disliked it so when it was time for the Mach we moved the lines for the cougar onto the Mach and had the original lines redone. Our Cougar is far more original so we were more concerned about it looking right. Fortunately a friend has a really nice and expensive crimping tool and we were able to rebuild the old lines. See if a local AC shop can rebuild the lines. The compressors we got look 100% (ok 99.9%) original. I have to look up where we got them



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#6
how long ago did you get the lines from classic air?

i got mine about 6-7 years ago and they matched the old worn hoses my car had originally. i transfered all the original hardware over to the new lines and everything bolt up and matched 100%
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#7
In the last 6 months or so, I will take a few pictures



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#8
interesting,, maybe they changed manufacturers of the hoses since i got mine.

my sight glass housing was different then OEM but it wasn't bigger just a different shape. the brass coupler fit right on the threaded end.
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#9
In the last 6 months or so, here is a picture of the line with the sight glass and all the fittings that came with the new line

[Image: 30b3gif.jpg]



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#10
Frank,

You can pick up a rebuilt compressor with clutch from advanceautoparts.com for about $200 shipped with coupon.

Drier from rockauto.com are $19

I had my OEM A/C lines rebuilt by local radiator shop for $25 each.

Jeff
1972 Q Code Convertible
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