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Factory VS dealer ac
« on: September 02, 2022, 08:57:34 AM »
Got a quick question.  I'm looking at a 78 wagon that appears to have dealer installed ac. Question I have is about functionality.  Was the dealer installed ac any better or worse than factory ac? It would be somewhat I'd want to get working if it already didn't. Were some parts interchangeabl e?

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Re: Factory VS dealer ac
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2022, 07:27:10 PM »
Were some parts interchangeabl e?
Maybe the condenser, receiver-dryer, compressor, and its bracketry. The '77/78 parts car I had was equipped with dealer air and the fan/evaporator box looked very much like some typical aftermarket under-dash kits. I would think it could possibly work better than factory air because it doesn't share anything with the heater core. Maybe someone who has experienced both in good working order will respond.
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Re: Factory VS dealer ac
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2022, 01:17:27 PM »
I had a Ford aftermarket installed AC on an '88 F150.  After it was in an accident (truck was parked, Focus ran into it) - I figured that the system was junk.  Not so per the local AC shop.  They said that Ford used alot of overbuild parts on the dealer units and used an evaporator sensor (temp based) controller to cycle the system which they felt was better.   They said the barbed fittings instead of the factory quick connects leaked less and were fixable by bulk AC hose and not custom one-off parts.  If it was a Ford aftermarket system, I would definetly try to get it going.  None of my Pintos have AC, which makes the wife sad....
I will probably try to put AC on my Pinto pickup (The Pintaroo) once I get the 2.3L turbo swapped into it.   Got that one down r4pinto's way several years ago (Dayton area).....