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ufemizm 04-28-2011 12:56 PM

A/C retrofit for 1970 2002 - Ideas anyone?
I've owned this car for 38 of it's 40 years. Suspension Techniques springs, Bilsteins, anti-sway bars, 5 speed conversion, aluminum radiator. You get the picture. Interior is new too. But I really need A/C! Damned global warming scorching my butt. Anyone know of a good, not horrifyingly expensive A/C retrofit kit for this car?

m4dzl 04-30-2011 05:05 AM

I don't have an answer for you, but was hoping you would know how common factory or dealer installed A/C was in the 2002 or 2002tii models from 70-74? How effective was it in keeping the cars 'comfortable'? In today's resale market what is the likelihood of finding one with factory A/C?
In the early 70's our family owned a 6 cylinder Bavaria and the factory A/C could barely keep the 'green house' sedan cool in the summer months.

ufemizm 05-01-2011 11:21 AM

A/C retrofit
Not common at all. Very few 69-73 2002s had AC. 74, 75 and 76 were more likely to have it, but I think probably mostly West Coast cars. And the old AC wasn't terribly effective as you noticed.

St.Louis M3 05-08-2011 10:43 AM

Vintage Air makes some very discreet and effective A/C units. They are more famous for installs in hot rods but they work well.

Trouble is, A/C is a real drag (literally) to the performance of a 2002. I've known more people who have removed them.

ufemizm 05-09-2011 07:28 PM

2002 ac
Yeah, no question about the "drag" of AC on a 2002 engine. But I would think some of the newer Japanese compressors are way more efficient than what was original equipment (yuk).
Thanks for the tip, m4dzl.

zooz3 08-10-2011 06:12 PM

ac choice

Harry2002z3m 08-16-2011 04:18 PM

2002 air conditioning
I am doing a complete restoration on a 75 02 that had the dealer installed air on it, after doing some research I am not going to put it back in the car. The old York compressors vibrate a lot, I found worn bolts, stripped threads and cracked mounts, using the old R12 freon with R134a, the only thing you can use now, the head pressures are higher = MORE VIBRATION :(. So you would need to use a modern rotary compressor and make a mount for it , then the next problem R134a is not as efferent as R12 was so you need a bigger evaporator and condenser, there is no room in front on the 2002's radiator to install a larger condenser than the one it had ,which is about 1/3 the size of a new car using R134a. So after you would spend all the cash to try and change things around and with all the glass the 2002 has I don't think it would be worth the results which would not be as good as when the air was installed in 1975 and not even close to a late model cars air. What do you think?


fahrhaus 09-09-2012 08:49 AM

Sorry for resurrecting an old thread, but has anyone tried one of these units? Any thoughts on difficulty retrofitting to a 1972 tii?

96_Impreza 09-09-2012 08:17 PM

23 ideas:

And the winner:

fahrhaus 09-10-2012 06:52 AM

LOL love the ideas but think they might ruin those gorgeous lines! :)

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