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Which one? They make about 4 or 5 different models. 

 

Most people stick with an original evaporator that’s integrated into the centre console but it depends upon what your goals are. I am thinking of a trunk mounted system for instance. 

 

Check out the Old Air Products as well. 

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2 hours ago, Simeon said:

Which one? They make about 4 or 5 different models. 

 

Most people stick with an original evaporator that’s integrated into the centre console but it depends upon what your goals are. I am thinking of a trunk mounted system for instance. 

 

Check out the Old Air Products as well. 

Which one ? Any of them.

my goal is to install the best

”kit” a/c I can find 

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Nobody makes a ‘kit’ apart from ICE Air and Dtech and, as you probably know by now, neither is exactly problem free.

 

Whichever way you go, you will end up having to [engineer / finesse / integrate / bodge] anything that you do get. There are pages on this site just regarding condenser installation, before you get to the tricky part of an evaporator unit that actually fits and doesn’t look like it was installed by your Grandmother. Lot’s of good reading on the subject available through searching.

 

Someone linked to the Hack Mechanic book about vintage air con in the other thread - I thoroughly recommend that book (it wasn’t a joke). Read it and you will gain some wisdom. 

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Saw this setup in a local car at our last event two weekends ago.

 

The owner says it cools really well with a Sanden compressor. He bought this evaporator on EBay.

 

Unfortunately, I didn't sit in the car to see how much it interferes with one's right leg on the driver's side.

 

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29 minutes ago, HarryPR said:

Saw this setup in a local car at our last event two weekends ago.

 

The owner says it cools really well with a Sanden compressor. He bought this evaporator on EBay.

 

Unfortunately, I didn't sit in the car to see how much it interferes with one's right leg on the driver's side.

 

Quito Morales AC.jpg

Is that a Dtech ?

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1 hour ago, HarryPR said:

Saw this setup in a local car at our last event two weekends ago.

 

The owner says it cools really well with a Sanden compressor. He bought this evaporator on EBay.

 

Unfortunately, I didn't sit in the car to see how much it interferes with one's right leg on the driver's side.

 

Quito Morales AC.jpg

This looks like it would be a better choice, the Clardy unit I have in my other o2 vents are not that great.

i tried to find but no luck

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FWIW I ordered some parts from Vintage,  Some never came,  Got sick of calling and emailing,  The parts never came, no calls or emails returned.  Learned my lesson and moved on. 

 

 

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27 minutes ago, Dudeland said:

FWIW I ordered some parts from Vintage,  Some never came,  Got sick of calling and emailing,  The parts never came, no calls or emails returned.  Learned my lesson and moved on. 

 

 

Thanks for your time in offing a review.

how did you eventually add a/c ?

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I got my own parts.  Sanden 508, parallel flow condenser, Spal(ish)  fan, the most important things are Hobbie Dave's bracket for the 508, and Rob's book.  I started with a Behr evap unit in my car, but all the rest was gone.  This is good because it would have likely been garbage.

 

Vintage air supplied the expansion valve and the adapters from a compression fitting on the Behr, to a modern o-ring style. You will need a #6 and #10,  and PM me if you can't find the copper seal washers. 

 

Also get the kit from Blunt for the seals and grommets for your heater box, because if you haven't done it , the box is likely cracked and the seals junk.  The reinforcing plate for the heater valve is really smart to do as well.  Take pictures, because it will take a lot longer than you think to do, especially if you test your heater core.  

 

Rob's Book

 

https://www.amazon.com/Just-Needs-Recharge-Mechanic-Conditioning/dp/0998950718

 

 

See my post here below, this is the plan that I went with,  I am waiting on a header so I can finalize the routing my hoses to the compressor and condenser.  The only addition is some heat shield for the hoses routed through the engine bay. 

 

 

 

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On 12/14/2018 at 1:36 PM, Dudeland said:

I got my own parts.  Sanden 508, parallel flow condenser, Spal(ish)  fan, the most important things are Hobbie Dave's bracket for the 508, and Rob's book.  I started with a Behr evap unit in my car, but all the rest was gone.  This is good because it would have likely been garbage.

 

Vintage air supplied the expansion valve and the adapters from a compression fitting on the Behr, to a modern o-ring style. You will need a #6 and #10,  and PM me if you can't find the copper seal washers. 

 

Also get the kit from Blunt for the seals and grommets for your heater box, because if you haven't done it , the box is likely cracked and the seals junk.  The reinforcing plate for the heater valve is really smart to do as well.  Take pictures, because it will take a lot longer than you think to do, especially if you test your heater core.  

 

Rob's Book

 

https://www.amazon.com/Just-Needs-Recharge-Mechanic-Conditioning/dp/0998950718

 

 

See my post here below, this is the plan that I went with,  I am waiting on a header so I can finalize the routing my hoses to the compressor and condenser.  The only addition is some heat shield for the hoses routed through the engine bay. 

 

 

 

I deleted the heater 

If you did not have a heater,

would you have done things differently?

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This is a Ditec A/C conversion. I am almost finished with only solving the electrical attachment and charging the system. The center console was a bear to accommodate the Ditec unit. I modified the face panel to accept different air outlets, a hideaway cup holder and Pioneer unit with voice control. Had to make sure that the foldaway cup holder did not interfere with shifting.

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