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Username Post: 64 Impala AC Condenser source        (Topic#362044)
hammerhead32 
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08-05-20 06:21 PM - Post#2800405    

I need a company to buy AC Condenser From. I have sent 4 back because distributors do not know what they are selling. A 64 full size Chevy is curved and the bolt holes are 27" from left to right, center hole to center hole. I have been sent two flat ones and two measuring 27 1/2". I need help locating a correct one. Thanks, Bob



 


dcairns 
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Loc: Orange CA
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08-06-20 07:21 AM - Post#2800436    
    In response to hammerhead32

I can recall having a similar problem. I did find a place in Los Angeles that claimed to have the correct one. I can't recall the name, and was quiet a hole in the wall kind of place. When I went to go pick it up, it was flat, not curved, and they said if I want it curved, just wait a minute. They put some supports on each side and some cardboard to protect the fins and pushed the center down to make it curved. Kinda scary to watch, but it works. I guess they have to get bent somehow, you can't build them curved.

- Dave
1964 Impala 4-door sedan



 
hammerhead32 
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08-06-20 11:26 AM - Post#2800447    
    In response to hammerhead32

Thanks for your commit but I don't want to try bending a new one. They are making curved ones but the bolt holes are 27 1/2" instead of 27".



Edited by hammerhead32 on 08-06-20 11:28 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Tri5man 
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08-06-20 11:46 AM - Post#2800448    
    In response to hammerhead32

Have you checked with Vintage Air? I've installed several of their "Sure Fit" units in Tri 5 - 64 Chevies and never had a problem using the condensers that came with their "Sure Fit" kits. They send you flat condensers that are used with flat radiators.

If Vintage Air doesn't have the right condenser for a 64 Chevy no one does.



 
dcairns 
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08-06-20 12:10 PM - Post#2800452    
    In response to hammerhead32

How do you think they get curved? Someone has to bend them. It is all aluminum, which bends easy.

- Dave
1964 Impala 4-door sedan



 
Tri5man 
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08-06-20 01:24 PM - Post#2800456    
    In response to dcairns

I'm still trying to understand why you would have to bend a condenser to fit on a flat radiator. I've never seen a curved radiator that required a curved condenser. I don't recall my 64 Biscayne having a curved radiator. Sold the car so I can't go look at it. Is there something I'm missing in the translation?

Just went out and looked at the last Vintage Air system I recently installed on my 60 Pontiac. It has a flat condenser on a flat radiator and works just fine.

Has anyone else ever purchased a curved A/C condenser? I don't believe they exist.

No way would I try and bend a new condenser. Something here doesn't make sense.



 
dcairns 
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08-06-20 02:42 PM - Post#2800461    
    In response to Tri5man

I got my 64 back in 1982, the AC condenser was curved at that time. It matches the curve of the front of the radiator support. I can recall back in the 80's, an auto mechanic commenting on it, thinking it was a sign of damage from an accident. In fact, I still have the old one (presumably original) in the garage, curve and all.
Yes it is kinda strange to be curved, but it must have made some sort of sense GM to have it match the radiator support. Perhaps to clear the hood latch? The replacement condenser that was curved for me, has been working fine for the last 8 years, so no apparent harm came from the bending.



Before restoration, presumably original condenser



After restoration with replacement condenser.





- Dave
1964 Impala 4-door sedan



 
Tri5man 
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08-06-20 03:02 PM - Post#2800462    
    In response to dcairns

Thanks for telling us.



 
pvs409 
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08-06-20 03:57 PM - Post#2800466    
    In response to Tri5man

This company is the one that I would use. Listed as South Gate, California.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/62-63-Chevy-Impal a-ac-Con...

They list every year , note that this one says it fits judging standards. It looks very original to me.

here is their 64 Chevy condenser.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/64-65-66-Chevy-Im pala-Cap...


I have NOS 62 condenser removed from the original GM box on my 62 Impala SS Convertible and it is not curved.

I have a 61 & 62 factory used condenser (not on a car) and a original 62 factory air impala Hardtop and the condenser is not curved.

Paul

57 BelairHT 283/270hp 4 spd
62 ImpHT 327/300 4 spd
62 Imp CV SS 327/300HP 700R4 (sold)
62 Imp HT SS 409/482 stroker 4 spd
62 Imp SS 409 - 5 spd Convertible
http://paulstensland.com


 
dcairns 
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08-06-20 04:06 PM - Post#2800467    
    In response to pvs409

That ebay vendor, ccsautoparts, may very well be the vendor I got mine from. The line about "fits judging standards" rings a bell. And South Gate sounds like where I traveled to pick it up (I am in Southern California).
I suppose if you buy from them, you can request the curved version and they will bend it for you, no need to witness rather un-nerving process like I did

- Dave
1964 Impala 4-door sedan



Edited by dcairns on 08-06-20 04:08 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
hammerhead32 
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08-07-20 10:50 AM - Post#2800537    
    In response to dcairns

Will see. I just order one from CCS. As mentioned the radiator support is curved which means that the condenser must be.A very good picture is above. Vintage Air is a after market that is not curved and they make many brackets to make it fit most cars. It is also straight and I feel looks Micky mouse in the car. When you are restoring you want it to look factory correct. Thanks for the responses.



 
hammerhead32 
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08-12-20 05:54 PM - Post#2800955    
    In response to hammerhead32

I just got the condenser from CCS Auto Parts (off ebay) today and it's what a 64 full size car needs. The reason it has to bend is to fit the radiator support and also, when you pull the hood latch it moves into a straight condenser. Chevy had a small plate on the condenser to prevent damage. I have one but not many of those left. The correct condenser fits only 64's. Don't you just love GM?

Thank you for the responses. This ends it for me.



 
Stittville Ed 
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08-13-20 03:37 PM - Post#2801007    
    In response to hammerhead32

So is this Condenser for R-12 or 134 ????
They have 2 different end in the Ebay listing.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1964-64-Chevy-Imp ala-Capr...



 
hammerhead32 
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Reg: 07-04-20
08-13-20 05:48 PM - Post#2801017    
    In response to Stittville Ed

If you are using r12 call them to confirm it is ok. Most of us have converted to 134. If you are still using the factory compressor it can be updated and rebuilt by Original Air in Tampa, FL. They can also can rebuild an original drier because you can't buy a new one that looks right. I have the condenser installed and it looks great. I should have the drier back within a few weeks.



 
Stittville Ed 
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08-14-20 12:05 PM - Post#2801103    
    In response to hammerhead32

I guess my question should have been.

1. Did your new Condenser come with fittings for 134A ??????????

2. Was it Curved the way you wanted it



 
dcairns 
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Loc: Orange CA
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08-14-20 12:18 PM - Post#2801104    
    In response to hammerhead32

I had forgotten about that little protector plate. I did move mine from the old condenser to the new one. There is enough bend that latch does not hit the condenser, but nice to have it anyways.

- Dave
1964 Impala 4-door sedan



 


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