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Hi,

How can I tell if my '85 GTV6 has a Tropic Aire system?

Any recommendations for someone in the So Cal area to diagnose it? (I do know most if not all the Alfa places around - just wondering if an A/C specialist would be better).

Thanks!
 

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All 85+ cars had tropic aire. It was an option I believe in 84, but by 85 they all got it.
You can tell you have it if you have a big box with a tube coming out of it under the right side of the dash.


This is a car with tropic aire:



This is a car without it:
 

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Your new GRV6 and A/C

Hector,
What are the issues with yours? If it is under the hood problems, compressor, dryer, condenser or hoses a good A/C shop can help you.
I found that infront of the fire wall, I was on my own. My local a/C shop specializes in hot rods and vintage car a/c installation/restoration but did not want to "learn on my $$". And actually that part was not that big deal.
Removing the interior part, with the controls,fan and evaporator, is no more work than removing the dash to get to it.
If the fan is worn out, there is a cheap, improved, almost direct replacement for it.
I think one of BJs Alfettas came with it. I think that system came on Alfettas that Alfa factory installed AC.
I pulled mine from a GTV6 Balocco, it did not have the tubes to the right as shown in BJs first photo.
 

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Thanks Brian and Paul. It looks just like Brian's, so I guess its the Tropic Aire. I'm not sure whats wrong...I was told it doesn't work but haven't had time to mess with it. My center panel with the fan and A/C control has popped out and the fan works, but the potentiometer needs to be tightened into the panel.
 

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FYI, neither of those cars are mine.... I just trolled for the pics and posted. Just referencing them.
 

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If the fan works on 3 speeds, great.
The "frosty switch"/potentiometer does some temp control function, mine broke and I just wired around it with an on/off toggle. It is part of the circuit that turns on/off the A/C compressor. The other part is the 3 speed fan circuit. The frosty switch is in series with the fan switch.
It sounds like you need to give some $$ to an A/C shop to determine if anything under the hood works and to get an estimate of how much $$ (it will be a lot) you need to fork out to get it running. A/C in So Calif is pretty necessary with the Alfetta GT/GTV6, IMHO.
And I want to see this car some time before spring/summer at some club event.
 

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Thanks Paul. Seems with all the glass, the car turns into a serious greenhouse...so I think I'll need to spend some $$ on A/C.

I hope to be at some club event soon....
 

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Thanks Paul. Seems with all the glass, the car turns into a serious greenhouse...so I think I'll need to spend some $$ on A/C.

I hope to be at some club event soon....

If your A/C is determined to be crapped out (compressor), you may want to seriously consider a newer Milano compressor and custom evap/drier/condenser from Vintage Air or something. Probably will be more reliable than finding 20+ year old "new" parts that would be GTV-6 correct. Just my suggestion, I'm sure others will chime in on this should it be necessary.
 

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If you decide on the newer Milano rotary compressor... make sure you also get the bracket. The GTV6 compressor and the Milanos are a different shape. But I assume the mounting locations on the engine are the same.

Don't know if there's more to it than that. The belt may end up on a different plane? If so, that may require a new pulley on the motor, or something along those lines? Don't know if the hoses will just plug in, either? Maybe someone else can answer that.

I have a Milano compressor to add to my GTV6 project car. If any one has done this before, I may be interested in what's involved, myself, at some point up the road.
 
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