smartjaw

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Jun 11, 2011
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Worcester, MA
I used to have an auto shop (and a 71 Camaro with A/C) and years later, I was able to find a 73 LT with a 350 that used to have A/C. My problem is, ordering a complete A/C system (retro air, vintage air, old air, etc.) is still a pandemic 2-3 month wait according to most of the part houses I've spoken with. So I need pretty much everything (compressor, driver-side compressor bracket, receiver/drier, firewall grommet, duct work, condenser, expansion valve) except the vents. Does anyone have a list for their recent purchase of individual A/C components they've made? I don't care if I have to order from 17 different vendors - thing is, my whole front end is torn down and now is the time to get all these components installed.

Many thanks to those who have answered my previous questions.
 

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Twisted_Metal

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^That's a good start but it doesn't include the compressor, hoses or condenser.

I got several items from Old Air almost 2 years ago and they were shipping things to my door in only a couple of days.
I have no idea about the present lead time for any vendor of A/C products.
 

ULTM8Z

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May 19, 2000
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Yeah, compressors you can get from anywhere...(though, get an actual Sanden, not a "Sanden-style" knock off).

I had to do custom hoses on mine anyway for how I wanted to route them. The condenser is probably pretty generic too.
 

Twisted_Metal

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I went with a Pro6Ten compressor (Old Air) because it fit the factory brackets/hoses and is compatible with R-12 and R-134a refrigerant. (I already had a stash of R-12.)

If you don't have the factory brackets... You may want to go with a Sanden and a matching bracket kit.
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ULTM8Z

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Unless you're after oringal appearance, I'd probably go with a Sanden. Lighter, more efficient, etc.

Even compared to the more modern R4s, I cam tell the difference when I switched to the Sanden.
 




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