Alright y'all, I'm tackling A/C for real this time
I have all of the parts, many installed. I'm also switching over to R-134, since everything is essentially new.
New rotary compressor on a Milano bracket with clean, fresh PAG oil. Check.
New belt. Check.
New parallel flow condenser. Check.
New barrier hoses and fittings. Check.
Variety pack of BUNA O-rings. Check.
Dryer (from a SAAB, but whatever) and switch. Check.
I still have to replace the expansion valve, but apparently that can be a generic off the shelf part. I'm also sticking with the stock evaporator and blower, although if anyone has a suggestion for a alternative, beefed up blower I'm all ears. Plenty of salvage yards around. I'd love to get a VintageAir system but at the moment it's simply out of budget.
My neighbor has a manifold set and vacuum pump. I've watched a million videos on checking for leaks and said neighbor also has some experience with recharging AC systems.
If I get stuck or stymied I do have a pro place I can take it, but I really want to try tackling this totally DIY before I pay someone.
Any final advice or suggestions? I think I might want to try hooking up the eyeballs as the primary vents and maybe block the stock vents, mostly because I find even if the system is underpowered getting cold air on your head has a psychological effect (I've lived in the South my entire life, so I know this is a thing). Pros/cons?
FYI I attempted this a couple of years ago and encountered a leak I couldn't plug, so I threw in the towel, but vowing to return to the job. Turns out the high pressure hose to manifold gauges had a cut in it, as I learned last week. New hose procured and I'm now jazzed to face my nemesis.
as good as a car can be... briefly.