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A/C
87TurboBobby Offline
Senior Member
#1
I just want to bragg on my 87TCs A/C. It is nearly 22 years old and has a Ford compressor on it that I think is OEM. It still has a full charge of R12 and on these 97 degree days with high humidity she still pulls down to 40 degress at the vents. Kool CAR!! You just can't beat these TCs.....
90 Mustang GT Vert.
95 Mustang Vert
04 F150 Heritage
92 Chevy Silverado
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deadbird Offline
Posting Freak
#2
Mine did for about 10 minutes. Then the pump seized melted the belt and broke it off slamping it into my hood. WHOO HOO. Now it sits somewhere in a garbage heap. More room for intercooler piping. Glad to hear it though. How many miles ya got on it?
1987 5 sp.
- 4.6 2v swap.
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xcrunnerbd Offline
Posting Freak
#3
I miss my AC (still there needs charge). I'm hoping to do the R134A conversion soon. It'd sure be nice to drive my 2 1/2 yr old daughter in it as the AC is sure cooler (and MUCH better on mileage) than opening the windows and sunroof.
Project 13 sec. / 30mpg in '88 TC 5Speed : [email protected] / 32+ mpg

On The Car: KN cone, 2-stage [email protected] 15psi wired to fuel switch, Kirban AFPR @ 39psi, Walbro 255 HP FP, 130A 3G Alt., Full 3" Stinger Exhaust incl. cat. no muffler,

Shelf: .48 T3, ported E6, BPV
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87TurboBobby Offline
Senior Member
#4
It has 118,000 or so on it but before I got it it went thruogh the mill. I don't know how the A/C survived nothing else did.
90 Mustang GT Vert.
95 Mustang Vert
04 F150 Heritage
92 Chevy Silverado
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Keith Nubel Offline
Posting Freak
#5
You have just jinxed your AC!! Most of them don't hold out. Between the poorly designed compressor and crapy ass "O" rings they aren't known as one of the best features on these cars.
I went through 2 compressors before I completly retrofitted a different compressor, refrigerant lines, and fittings.
1985 TC
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longbedGTs Offline
Senior Member
#6
Ive been having problems with refrigerant leaking out, but I just replaced some o-rings where I think the source was. I dont know if its the original compressor or not, but it gets down to about 42 deg coming out the vents!
88 TC 5spd~money pit
88 TC 5spd~78K miles
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riisitas Offline
Member
#7
I thought about converting to R-134 but I stayed with R-12 and I'm happy I did. There was no real significant cost difference whether I refilled my system with R-12 or R-134. R-12 was a little more expensive than R-134 but not enough to prompt me to make the switch. All my system needed was a little maintenance with some new seals, a replacement hose and a compressor oil check/fill. My A/C is now ice cold and running great. I get vent temps around 38 degrees. My A/C system has kept me nice and cool here this summer in outside temps up to 118 degrees. Personally I think the only way to do a conversion right is to change out the R-12 equipment. Jim Whelan at Motion Dynamics has a conversion kit made for the SVO that will also bolt on to a TC. It's a complete professional design from Hose Wizard with a new R-134 compressor, condenser, dryer, hoses brackets and everything you'll need to make a proper conversion. From what I hear the output is ice cold.
1988 TC 5 Speed Stock
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87TurboBobby Offline
Senior Member
#8
Keith, I knocked on a lot of wood. Maybe that will help. LOL
90 Mustang GT Vert.
95 Mustang Vert
04 F150 Heritage
92 Chevy Silverado
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87TurboBobby Offline
Senior Member
#9
You know I probably did jinx it. I have to do a heater core sometime. I bought a Ford core a couple years ago. Up till now every winter I leave it in the shop and drive my Mustang or Silverado until warm weather. I fear losing my R12 when I do the core!
90 Mustang GT Vert.
95 Mustang Vert
04 F150 Heritage
92 Chevy Silverado
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imjamesw Offline
Senior Member
#10
Bobby,

I was reading a post the other day on a homemade A/C vacuum setup and noticed part of the article related to recovery of refrigerant. It involved a propane torch, a retrofit R134 fitting kit and a bowl of ice water. I am going to recover my refrigerant that way, it sounds like it is completely reusable once you need it again. I don't remember who posted the article- no offense to the original poster! Smile

this is from http://www.biopatent.com/ac.html

"Freon can be recycled from systems you service. Cut the flame tip off an old propane torch head and solder a Schroeder valve fitting in its place. Put the modified torch head onto an empty propane canister and pull all gases from the canister with a vacuum pump. Connect the high pressure side of the refrigerator to the low pressure side of your Freon pump through the gage manifold set. Connect the high pressure side to the Freon pump to the propane canister sitting in a pail of ice water. Start the Freon pump. The pressure reading of the refrigerator high pressure line will drop as the propane canister becomes heavy with condensed Freon liquid. Close the propane canister and deliver it to an air conditioning professional for recycling."

Anyways, thought I'd put that out there... not that you need it now, but it's good to have!

James
88 Medium Red Turbo Coupe. 172K. Stock. Horrible A4LD. 5k miles since 2006. She will be a part of my family as long as I am.
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