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07-10-2005, 09:29 AM #1
AC Retrofit Kit Poll
Per questions/requests, I'm thinking it may be practical to design
the Mr. Frosty project in various pieces.
This only addresses the engine compartment.
Condensor Kit - this would be a replacement condensor.
It's a parallel flow condensor that will provide significantly improved efficiency (important for R134a).
New hard lines for integrating into the existing system and for the Compressor Kit.
It would use a readily available receiver/drier (not included).
Ballpark price: $150
Compressor/Hose Kit This would be for replacing the compressor with a new Seltec or Unicla.
Adapter plate for the compressor, and new replacement engine compartment soft hoses.
All you would need to do is buy the compressor with repsective pulley/clutch.
Ballpark price: $150.
Complete Retrofit Kit the two kits above.
The Everything Kit Complete retrofit kit, receiver/drier, compressor, clutch, pulley, belt.
All you supply is the labor and R134a charge. I'm going to guess this at $600.
Depends if distributor pricing can be obtained. And if that silly EPR valve can be retrofit.
07-10-2005, 12:59 PM #2
and your offering these for a 134a conversion.. or supplying hard to find parts?Wayne "Turbo" T. Member - Mid-Atlantic SOGI
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07-10-2005, 02:21 PM #3
Ideally, it's for R134a. Easier accessibility.
Many parts are off the shelf.
Some parts require fabrication so it makes it like butter to install.
Originally Posted by ma615mgte
07-10-2005, 05:27 PM #4
07-10-2005, 07:37 PM #5Originally Posted by Daves7MGTE
You'll probably need to relocate the drier (at least).
And you will need space for an AC fan (slimline variety).
07-13-2005, 02:37 AM #6
hey jim. give us a good heads up or an estimate of when you are going to set something like this up as i would need to start saving now.
07-13-2005, 02:50 AM #7
I just went with an r12a retrofit. No parts needed. Direct replacement. Works well, and suupposedly better than r134a too!
07-13-2005, 08:11 AM #8
We're trying to get things lined up for the test mule (my MK2) by mid-August.
Would be nice sooner!
07-13-2005, 08:16 AM #9Originally Posted by Racefiend
Practical for the DIY person with MVAC experience/tools, and a known good R12 system.
Do note that some alternates are considered illegal for use in R12 systems by the US EPA.
07-13-2005, 09:01 PM #10
My a/c works fine, I had it converted over to r134a after I pulled it out of storage (it was in storage for nine years in a dry garage) four years ago. While in storage for those years I would start the car and run it with the a/c on.
When I finally pulled the car from storage the a/c just blew out room temprature air. I had it checked by a friend of a friend at his shop and the results were good. The system still had pressure, it had just slowely leaked (which does happen over long periods of time on all auto a/c systems). The system was emptied, dried, new seals installed, dried again and the system was filled with new r134a. It took close to five hours to do all this, I watched as they did the work. A/c works great now.
I would be interested in a complete kit with no clutch installed on the compressor. Instead three clutches ready for fit. One for a 5M and the the other two for a 7M.
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