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Keeping A/C on Turbo Coupe Engine
« on: July 01, 2013, 02:48:49 AM »
OK Guys, Here it is I have a 77 with a 2.3 & C-3 w/air and I bought an 88 Turbo Coupe to swap the engine and a C-4 transmission into the Pinto. I was thinking I would drive this car in the stampede again this year and need to have the air serviced before that, but I can't get the engine job done before that. So if I get this air worked on now am I going to be able to set the compressor off to the side without taking the lines off and losing the charge when I change the engine? Or would I be much better off to just wait until I change the engine and use the smaller compressor that is in use on the Turbo Coupe now? So what compressor are you guys using & is space a problem with the turbo crap? And am I going to be able to keep my battery up front?   Thanks in advance

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Re: Keeping A/C on Turbo Coupe Engine
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2013, 05:53:29 AM »
The turbo sits where the battery normally goes so it has to be moved. I've seen some put in the front of the engine bay using the T-bird battery tray.
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Re: Keeping A/C on Turbo Coupe Engine
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2013, 04:54:56 PM »
Get the service done first if your not doing the swap yet. The 1988 T-Bird has an computer controlled A/C system that is run by the EEC. You can just add the switches and those parts that make the system work when your doing the swap and you might be able to move things to the side but right know just get the original system serviced. You have to do allot of changes to the harness of the Pinto to make things work. If it's working now leave it alone, the place that will do the service should be able to recover any R-12 that is in the system before you do the swap any way, so they should be able to give you a credit for it when you finish the swap and have the A/C hooked up. That is why you can't buy R-12  for your use  but the service guys can and recover any left in the system while it's being purged etc. You can move the battery tray to the drivers side by using some L channel and flat bar stock. This is what I'll be doing this week.