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Username Post: 1972 cheyenne super factory air        (Topic#345657)
hinges56 
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hinges56
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06-26-17 03:08 PM - Post#2697599    

My air conditioning has been in boxes for about 15 years now due to an accident. (I rear ended an suv) It smashed the condenser, receiver/dryer and and pushed the radiator into the compressor clutch. I'm gonna put a new compressor, dryer and condenser for sure but what about everything else like the poa, hoses, expansion valve and evaporator? Do you think anything is salvageable since it's been open to the air all this time? Where is the best place to buy A/C parts? I see where an AC 10 valve compressor is available. Is this what I should be looking for? Thanks for the help. Scott



 

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JimKshortstep4x4 
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06-26-17 03:53 PM - Post#2697604    
    In response to hinges56

I have done several reusing most parts except the condenser or dryer. Hoses should be inspected and blown out with inert gas, if deemed good. O rings need to be replaced, the poa valve can be cleaned and tested. The evaporator can be cleaned and tested.

My biggest failures have been the compressors failing after a few years, (leaking).

My 66 Impala system has been working well since 1997 but that is a record for me!

The service manual has an excellant section on the AC systems and will be very helpful to you.

Jim

65 Impala SS, 400sbc, Muncie M-22
66 Impala SS, 396, TH 400
69 El Camino, 350, TH 350
71 Short bed stepside 4x4, 350/TH 350
71 Snow plow, 4x4, 350, TH 350
72 GMC Shortbed, stepside, 427/TH 400


 
Andy4639 
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06-27-17 02:50 AM - Post#2697644    
    In response to JimKshortstep4x4

Unless you are looking at a 100 points correct build I would look really hard at swapping everything out that you can.
Hoses are cheap and you can have them cut to fit your needs. The POA valve can be swapped out for a orifice tube and accumulator and works great. Mine does 38* on 95* days all day long.


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Late model AC


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1956 Bel Air - LT-1/4l60
1964 SS Impala -350 crate/powerglide
1967 Ramp truck - 350/ 4 speed
1971 C 10 - 6.0 LS / 4l80e 4:10 gears 30 years owner
94 Elderado
2000 S-10
2008 LTZ Tahoe
2011 Treverse


 
JimKshortstep4x4 
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JimKshortstep4x4
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06-27-17 04:09 PM - Post#2697740    
    In response to Andy4639

I like the original systems since those are most familiar and I was trying to answer his question on salvagable parts. The old systems work for me in the climate that I live in and is not used for any show points as this truck is a driver. Warmer climates such as SC may not get by as I am able to.

Here is a picture of one of my original systems.

Jim

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65 Impala SS, 400sbc, Muncie M-22
66 Impala SS, 396, TH 400
69 El Camino, 350, TH 350
71 Short bed stepside 4x4, 350/TH 350
71 Snow plow, 4x4, 350, TH 350
72 GMC Shortbed, stepside, 427/TH 400


 
Andy4639 
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06-28-17 02:46 AM - Post#2697832    
    In response to JimKshortstep4x4

  • JimKshortstep4x4 Said:
I like the original systems since those are most familiar and I was trying to answer his question on salvagable parts. The old systems work for me in the climate that I live in and is not used for any show points as this truck is a driver. Warmer climates such as SC may not get by as I am able to.

Here is a picture of one of my original systems.

Jim



Wasn't meaning to cut your reply Jim.
I was just trying to give the OP some options. Hoses can be reused but you don't know how they will hold up after being took off a 40 year old truck and what kind of environment they have been sitting in. I wouldn't trust them, that's just me though. You may get years out of them and then again you may get a few hrs, days who knows.




1956 Bel Air - LT-1/4l60
1964 SS Impala -350 crate/powerglide
1967 Ramp truck - 350/ 4 speed
1971 C 10 - 6.0 LS / 4l80e 4:10 gears 30 years owner
94 Elderado
2000 S-10
2008 LTZ Tahoe
2011 Treverse


 
JimKshortstep4x4 
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JimKshortstep4x4
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06-28-17 03:25 PM - Post#2697910    
    In response to Andy4639

My experience with hoses has been good but in the case of the 72 Suburban, I replaced the front to rear hoses with new hoses since replaceing them is such a project!

Jim

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65 Impala SS, 400sbc, Muncie M-22
66 Impala SS, 396, TH 400
69 El Camino, 350, TH 350
71 Short bed stepside 4x4, 350/TH 350
71 Snow plow, 4x4, 350, TH 350
72 GMC Shortbed, stepside, 427/TH 400


 
Andy4639 
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06-28-17 03:42 PM - Post#2697911    
    In response to JimKshortstep4x4

That is a nice Suburban sir! I would like to find one one day and have it for family trips instead of a new one. I like my 08 Tahoe but a 71-72 Suburban would be just as nice I think.


1956 Bel Air - LT-1/4l60
1964 SS Impala -350 crate/powerglide
1967 Ramp truck - 350/ 4 speed
1971 C 10 - 6.0 LS / 4l80e 4:10 gears 30 years owner
94 Elderado
2000 S-10
2008 LTZ Tahoe
2011 Treverse


 
LUVmachine 
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06-28-17 06:00 PM - Post#2697946    
    In response to Andy4639

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That is a nice Suburban sir!



X2. Very nice truck. No AC in my truck but if I did I would probably drive it a more.

71 Chevelle BBC powered
71 C-10 454 with weiand 177 (SOLD)
72 406 sbc powered Chevy LUV sleeper (SOLD)
2010 GMC Sierra crew cab 4X4
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JimKshortstep4x4 
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06-29-17 03:37 PM - Post#2698058    
    In response to LUVmachine

Thanks! The Suburban turned out nice and it is fun to drive. It took my sons and I 8 years to restore and I will never attempt another one!

We take it to the camp grounds for picnics with my daughter in the summer and it gets a lot of attention!

Jim

65 Impala SS, 400sbc, Muncie M-22
66 Impala SS, 396, TH 400
69 El Camino, 350, TH 350
71 Short bed stepside 4x4, 350/TH 350
71 Snow plow, 4x4, 350, TH 350
72 GMC Shortbed, stepside, 427/TH 400


 
hinges56 
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Loc: Canyon Lake ,Ca.
Reg: 05-31-08
06-30-17 01:16 AM - Post#2698114    
    In response to Andy4639

Nice looking system, Andy. If I went that way, would I have to have a serpentine belt system like yours. What compressor is that?



 
Andy4639 
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06-30-17 05:50 AM - Post#2698125    
    In response to hinges56

  • hinges56 Said:
Nice looking system, Andy. If I went that way, would I have to have a serpentine belt system like yours. What compressor is that?




No,
this was just after the LS motor install. Here it is with v-belts.
It's a sanerson compressor I ordered the kit from Classic air.


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Truck on the cover of Classic air groups cataloge



1956 Bel Air - LT-1/4l60
1964 SS Impala -350 crate/powerglide
1967 Ramp truck - 350/ 4 speed
1971 C 10 - 6.0 LS / 4l80e 4:10 gears 30 years owner
94 Elderado
2000 S-10
2008 LTZ Tahoe
2011 Treverse


 

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