Air conditioning experiences

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#21 Re: Air conditioning experiences

Post by Holeshot » Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:55 pm

Hi Ole.
Thanks for the reply.
My update is actually exactly along the lines of what you’ve said:
I’ve just bought an aluminium compressor as it was cheaper than getting my original one rebuilt.
Do you notice any benefits other than the obvious weight saving over the original?
Thanks again,
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#22 Re: Air conditioning experiences

Post by Ole-xke1974 » Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:20 am

Hi Hilton,
I have no comparison and can say that the old style heavy iron compressor does work as expected. Produces lots of cold air. Never tried the aluminium version.
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#23 Re: Air conditioning experiences

Post by Holeshot » Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:44 pm

Hi Ole,
Thanks and sorry for my misunderstanding as I didn’t read your post properly and thought you’d used an ally compressor.
Glad your original one works well! :bigrin:

Will post up my impressions of my lightweight one when I finally get the funds to get the system rebuilt.

Til then, thanks for all the help.

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#24 Re: Air conditioning experiences

Post by Bob. » Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:43 am

Re RHD AC, this RHD (converted from LHD) is for sale in Australia but retains the original LHD AC kit. [/code]https://www.carsales.com.au/private/det ... ?Cr=8[code]. Anywhere near you Garry?

The only visible concession, apart from the fan intrusion in the footwell issue, appears to be that the ignition lock has been left in the LHD position i.e. to the right of the steering column with the loss of parcel shelf space. I am suprised that the steering column passes over the evaporator housing above the fan.

If it was this easy - and there is probably more to this conversion than meets the eye - why would Jaguar have paid Delaney Galley for tooling for a mirror image version of the evaporator for what was a relatively small RHD market for AC?

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#25 Re: Air conditioning experiences

Post by AussieEtype » Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:33 am

No this car is a long way from me - as you indicated this is still the left hand drive system where the one Holeshot has in his car is a RHD system that I have not seen before.

I agree that there was no real reason why RHD cars could not have had AC - numbers would have made it worthwhile.

On this car - a left hooker converted to RHD - not popular at all - if a Mustang or a Corvette still LHD would be OK but a brit car in Aust needs to be original RHD to get best price - with respect to the asking price, we have a saying " tell him he is dreamin".

Best to take back to the US and convert back to LHD and sell there.
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#26 Re: Air conditioning experiences

Post by helge.kassel » Wed Aug 22, 2018 2:06 pm

Hello from Seville,
if You are not totally concerned about orignality, have alook at www.retroair in the states. They offer aftermarket systems at a reasonable price. Otherwise You will have to pay Sng`s price. Another option could be a modern compresor from FourSeasons, they still make the type of GM A6 compresor, Jaguar installed.
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Post by daverdnob » Thu Aug 05, 2021 1:23 pm

When I changed my compressor, the plus was that the air began to come out much colder as far as I remember. Before that, I changed the compressor and radiator because the air came out of the air conditioner warm, and also there was some strange smell. After that, I asked my friends what they thought about it. They told me to change the air conditioner. Unfortunately, I didn't have a lot of money at that time to change the air conditioner. Therefore, the only option for me was to contact specialists. They did everything for me and told me to carry out a chemical cleaning of the air conditioner once every couple of months; otherwise, the problems will return.
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#28 Re: Air conditioning experiences

Post by AussieEtype » Thu Aug 05, 2021 1:46 pm

What a strange first post - in a three year old thread.
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Post by Heuer » Thu Aug 05, 2021 2:25 pm

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Post by daverdnob » Fri Aug 06, 2021 10:34 am

It's not a spam...

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Post by Heuer » Fri Aug 06, 2021 11:33 am

in which case please add some value to the thread rather than vent your personal feelings. The OP was asking about fitting and using a/c and your response was without merit. :roll:
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Post by malcolm » Fri Aug 06, 2021 1:25 pm

Appropriate that his name ends in "nob"
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Post by Series1 Stu » Fri Aug 06, 2021 7:22 pm

malcolm wrote:
Fri Aug 06, 2021 1:25 pm
Appropriate that his name ends in "nob"
That's a bit unkind! Give them a chance to explain themselves. Not everybody understands the forum protocol straight off.

Have some tolerance, please.

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#34 Re: Air conditioning experiences

Post by angelw » Sat Aug 07, 2021 4:10 am

Hello Garry,
Seeing as this old Thread has been revived to some extent and harking back to the comments relating to LHD/RHD air conditioning, Jaguar only supplied, in quantity, the air conditioning units seen commonly in LHD cars. There is only one form listed in the factory parts catalogue and only one part number.

I would not have thought it possible to have the unit seen in LHD cars fitted as is to a RHD car, but it seems that it is. The air conditioning unit set up shown in Hilton's car, certainly looks like a mirror image of that for LHD cars. That is the only one I've ever seen in all the years I've been working on S3 cars and consider it would be a one off.

The LHD to RHD conversion car shown in one of the earlier Posts, were the ignition switch has been left on the RHS, would have issues with the plastic housing for the trafficator, fitting the under side contour of the dash panel.

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#35 Re: Air conditioning experiences

Post by malcolm » Sat Aug 07, 2021 7:45 am

Series1 Stu wrote:
Fri Aug 06, 2021 7:22 pm
malcolm wrote:
Fri Aug 06, 2021 1:25 pm
Appropriate that his name ends in "nob"
That's a bit unkind! Give them a chance to explain themselves. Not everybody understands the forum protocol straight off.

Have some tolerance, please.

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I don't think it's unkind at all if you read his first post. And it's not about forum protocol, just normal good manners. Especially aggressive for a first post, so in my view this isn't a real "new member" anyway. Joins a brand new forum, no introduction, and just complains?
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Post by AussieEtype » Sat Aug 07, 2021 8:33 am

angelw wrote:
Sat Aug 07, 2021 4:10 am
Hello Garry,

The LHD to RHD conversion car shown in one of the earlier Posts, were the ignition switch has been left on the RHS, would have issues with the plastic housing for the trafficator, fitting the under side contour of the dash panel.

Best regards,

Bill
Hi Bill - yes there are clearly issues which may or may not be able to worked through.

We can chat further on this later when Covid lockdowns end. Still no Covid in the ACT for about 400 dyas yet good ole Victoria blocks me from going there.

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Post by Pete G » Sat Aug 07, 2021 10:38 am

daverdnob wrote:
Thu Aug 05, 2021 1:23 pm
My God, I'm so tired of such a thing as my air conditioner does not work well, maybe I should call specialists who can clean it for me?
Maybe he just made an error in clicking this Forum in his Favourites List and missed the "H" of air.
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Post by MarkRado » Sun Aug 08, 2021 6:16 am

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#39 Re: Air conditioning experiences

Post by Holeshot » Mon Jul 11, 2022 4:37 pm

Hello guys.
I wanted to resurrect this thread after a long time off and dealing with family matters.
Hopefully soon I’ll have cured the cashflow problem, get the car back on the road and make it a more reliable, practical runner that I’ll be using more often.

So just in advance of this, I want to address the AC problem I have as I hate things being there and not working, plus it will be nice to have a cooler driving environment.

I want to get all the AC components and have them checked/serviced or reconditioned so I’m looking for advice on realistically what I can do myself to save cash (and also gain satisfaction!) and where I should take things to experts.
As stated in my previous posts, the original compressor has
seized. I did buy an aluminium replacement but sent it back only because I knew I wouldn’t be able to sort things quickly and needed the money back. Oh well....
So, The status at the moment is that all components of the system are present and in place. There is a leak at the condenser which is most likely at the pipe joint seals where the clowns who did some cosmetic work disconnected them.
The compressor is seized.
I think it would be wise to check the evaporator although it did work in the time I’ve had it but the fan only worked on the first 2 settings and wafted air around rather pathetically so would be good to sort this out.
All pipe work is original and presumably used with R12. Will I need to change all these plus their fittings to use modern 134a?

So can anyone recommend who could check/recondition the Condenser, Evaporator, Compressor? Should I remove the pipe work to check all clean and healthy or do I need to make up fresh pipes with modern joints/unions etc.
I live in SE London but of course, can send items by courier.

Forgive any dumb questions as I’m trying to learn so your patience is hugely appreciated.

Thanks and all the best.

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