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Original Air Conditioning - repair or replace
#1048341 Sun Aug 10 2014 04:39 PM
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New Guy
After several years of no air conditioning on my 69 step side I am looking to repair or upgrade the AC. The AC came factory on this truck so its mostly intact and ran ok for many years except for a small leak. The compressor froze a couple of years ago.

I can get all the parts but after looking at the Vintage Air kits I am wondering if new might be better. Plus a new system might free up some space under the hood.

My options as I see it are to rebuild/test the existing system or rip it out and install a modern ac system.

Have any of you gone though this process?


Re: Original Air Conditioning - repair or replace
gregsyellow46 #1048348 Sun Aug 10 2014 05:41 PM
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Posts: 8,527
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'Bolter
That old system was good. I would repair it. Those compressors are rugged & available cheap used all over the place. Replace the comp., flush the system, put in Easter oil & you will be good to go. The vintage-Air is a good system. I put one in my 70 when I had it because it didn't have factory air. It was a lot of work. It still was not as good as factory air.
The one big advantage is freeing up space under the hood.


They say money can't buy happiness. It can buy old Chevy trucks though. Same thing.

1972 Chevy c10 Cheyenne Super
Re: Original Air Conditioning - repair or replace
gregsyellow46 #1048357 Sun Aug 10 2014 05:52 PM
Joined: Apr 2012
Posts: 37
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New Guy
Since your system just needs to be rebuilt why not keep it simple. You can upgrade the system to 134 w/out problems. You won't have to replace the "Complete" system only the broken parts. You can buy just about all the hard replacement parts for you truck for about half the cost of a Vintage Air system, you'll remove less parts while repairing it & keep $$$$$$$ in your pocket.


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Re: Original Air Conditioning - repair or replace
gregsyellow46 #1048368 Sun Aug 10 2014 07:11 PM
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New Guy
thanks guys just needed some re-assurance
One more thing are there other parts that should just be replaced at the same time? I assume replacing hoses?
anything else

thanks greg

Re: Original Air Conditioning - repair or replace
gregsyellow46 #1048389 Sun Aug 10 2014 09:26 PM
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'Bolter
Replaceing the hoses is a good idea. Also the receiver/drier. I meant to mention recharging with 134A. They have kits to change to cycling compressor but I would continue using the POA system as long as it works. It is a good system & retains the original look. It does take more energy (gas mileage).


They say money can't buy happiness. It can buy old Chevy trucks though. Same thing.

1972 Chevy c10 Cheyenne Super
Re: Original Air Conditioning - repair or replace
gregsyellow46 #1048419 Sun Aug 10 2014 11:43 PM
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Posts: 10,074
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I had a 69 with factory air with a locked up compressor and a beat up 66 Buick with air and swapped out the ancient, working compressor. I converted it to 134A and ran it for many years w/o any trouble. It blew ice cold air until I sold it.
I have a friend who did a magnificent restoration on a 69 Camaro. His only regret was "upgrading" to Vintage Air rather than staying with the original AC. He would have had a spot on RS/SS. It would now be a major undertaking to switch back.

Last edited by 52Carl; Sun Aug 10 2014 11:49 PM.
Re: Original Air Conditioning - repair or replace
gregsyellow46 #1048422 Sun Aug 10 2014 11:54 PM
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A/C blows Ice cold air in Virginia even if it's not working. Carl, your high is our low!


Watch out for careful drivers!!!
I'm away on an ego trip. Will be back on Feb 30.
I'm not an Auto Mechanic, but I play one on TV.
I charge $0.02 for every opinion and I take Paypal.
Plan B is always better than plan A, by definition.
I recommend invoking MIL-T-FP41c when machining and fabricating
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Re: Original Air Conditioning - repair or replace
bartamos #1048439 Mon Aug 11 2014 12:47 AM
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New Guy
thanks guys

Now I have a project to get on!!

Re: Original Air Conditioning - repair or replace
bartamos #1048758 Tue Aug 12 2014 02:20 AM
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Originally Posted by bartamos
A/C blows Ice cold air in Virginia even if it's not working. Carl, your high is our low!

bart, I don't know what blows where you live, since I can only narrow it down to somewhere in the USA (and I'm not so sure of that). Where's the mean police?! I am under personal attack!
Carl

Re: Original Air Conditioning - repair or replace
gregsyellow46 #1048843 Tue Aug 12 2014 05:58 AM
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Sir Searchalot
AZ (az in: hot az hell)


Watch out for careful drivers!!!
I'm away on an ego trip. Will be back on Feb 30.
I'm not an Auto Mechanic, but I play one on TV.
I charge $0.02 for every opinion and I take Paypal.
Plan B is always better than plan A, by definition.
I recommend invoking MIL-T-FP41c when machining and fabricating
I used to think beer was bad for me, so I gave up thinking.
Sometimes no nonsense makes sense, in a sense.
You can't teach a new dog old tricks.
Honk if you're Amish


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