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How Good is the AC???

Discussion in '60-Series Wagons' started by offroad21, Jul 25, 2005.

  1. offroad21

    offroad21

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    I am looking at buying an 87 in good shape. Questain is...how good is the AC when it is working properly? I live in a hot part of So. CAL and need it. I had a 1990 Bronco that would freeze you out even on a hot day. (until a drunk totaled it)
    So how well does the AC work? I have heard it is really undersized. Problem is the LC is in northern Ca. and I can't really test it.

    Thanks

    Russ Enloe
     
  2. gillti

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    after last week in So Cal I don't think you can get a big enough A/C. However, I'm not one to ask, mine doesn't work at all. However, the sweat spots on my back and legs are very flattering. . .
     
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    I just replaced mine, and it works really well. It keeps up well, even sitting in Dallas freeway traffic. The only difference with my 60 and my 2004 GMC is that it takes a little longer to cool down after it has been sitting in a hot parking lot all day. The A/C vents are pretty small and it takes some time to cool the entire vehicle (especially if you have rear passengers; they may bitch a little).

    I am sure that this is not as much of a problem in a cooler/drier climate though.
     
  4. CruisinTiger

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    Another thing that would help ya is to tint your windows and buy a windshield cover to put up when you are parked
     
  5. Landpimp

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    works really well, when I shoot the temps with my AC on full blast and idleing I get down to zero degs.

    but dark color 60's are like a greenhouse, I find I use the AC way more in my 60 then I would in a 40 or even my 45LV(not that they have AC)
     
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    Even on 100+ days my 87 blows ice whether I'm sitting in traffic or cruisin. It does take a bit to overcome the cooling load from being parked but once it does....brrrr.
     
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    Mine kicks ass and I live in Vegas 117+ days. My cruiser still get's cold!
     
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    Coldest A/C that I own. R-12 is nice as long as your system is keeping it all in. WIth 100 degree heat and 90-100% humity this past weekend, I found myself closing the vents a little as I started to get the chills a bit after a short drive.
     
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    Thanks to all that responded...looks like it works good

    Thanks


    Russ
     
  10. swank60

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    Ha!

    If you're going to buy one, take it to a shop and have it looked over first. Also, have the AC looked at by a specialist. Never, ever take a seller's "I think it really only needs a little freon charge." - you hear that, run away.
     
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    Just needs a charge is the bigest line of BS there is in the car industry, it is never that easy or cheap!
     
  12. CruisinTiger

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    HAHA, yeah my 60 has 338,000 miles on it, and the A/C hasn't been blowing cold for a while. So I figured it was empty so I went and bought that Recharge kit. Hooked it up and it was a little low...so I added some. Started it up and it was blowing cold...ran it for about 15 minutes on idle so it could cool the cab down. Was workin on a buddy's cruiser when all of a sudden...boom...hisssssshisssshissss. I was like what the hell, the hose goin from the compressor to the evaporator blew. So be very careful when adding Freon...a little goes a damn long way. So Now I just have to replace the hose and refill it and I should have nice and cold A/C. A buddy did tell me though that freon looses it's"cooling" power...so if it's old one or had lots of miles on it like mine. It may be full but the freon won't cool anymore. Then that's when it gets expensive, cause ya gotta take it somewhere to be drained then recharged.