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Stude Shoo-wop!
04-30-2018, 06:04 PM
Some of you may know that my GT Hawk did come with factory A/C, quite a desirable item to have in SoFlo and about as rare as hen's teeth in the early 60s. However, it did not work as there is no way to feasibly acquire R-12 anymore thanks to the EPA. I spoke with my mechanic about it and he quoted a price of around $600 to have a replacement compressor and lines fitted in order to accept R134. I was feeling rather despondent about this, but then I resolved myself to find a better solution. After all, isn't a big part of owning a Studebaker creatively fixing whatever problems that come one's way? I did some research and, after poking about in the engine bay, discovered that the factory compressor had already been modified to accept R134 at some point in the past. I then took the ol' girl down to a small, trusted shop known as Munson's Auto Service where they agreed with my findings. $40 later for a full R134 fill-up and the A/C unit is now blowing air as cold as an mother-in-law's stare. Can't hope for more than that!

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57pack
04-30-2018, 07:24 PM
Ok, I’ll say it...cool!

52 Ragtop
04-30-2018, 09:33 PM
Had an 89 mini van that I swapped out to 134-R, I did what everybody said I couldn't. I had the system sucked down (what was left) bought screw on "adapters" which cross threaded on the R-12 fittings, and charged it up. 3 years later, when I sold it, she was still holding a charge. I don't remember what the total cost was, but well under $100.

Jim

Blue 15G
05-01-2018, 08:07 AM
Congratulations on your successful troubleshooting and getting your a/c fixed. Definitely a nice option to have!

I'd like to have a/c on my Champion, but if the car had it, it wouldn't even be able to pull away from a stop sign.:(

sweetolbob
05-01-2018, 09:15 AM
Good job and well done. Nice car BTW, Bob

56GH
05-01-2018, 11:30 AM
Someone before me did the same with my '62 GT, Jake. Blows colder than my 2013 Honda Civic!

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Buzzard
05-01-2018, 11:57 AM
Cool stuff Jake!! Nice you are very resourceful.
I got a little creative a couple of years ago with my '83 Avanti and found an A/C industrial service guy who resides nearby. He came over and fully serviced the system and refreshed the R-12 (still available for industrial use) which understandably was a little low after 30+ years. Low and behold, he got the temperature coming out of the vents to 28 Degrees! These old systems are so robust they just need half a chance to perform as intended.
Congrats.
Bill

JLB
05-03-2018, 08:52 AM
R12 is not that hard to find. I see it at every sizeable swap meet.I attended the Charlotte Auto Fest in early April and saw many cans of R12. Check E bay.

fpstude
05-03-2018, 09:50 AM
Jake, good going! What did you find that indicated it had been switched to R 134?

Stude Shoo-wop!
05-03-2018, 05:30 PM
Jake, good going! What did you find that indicated it had been switched to R 134?

I found that someone before me had done a little bit of tinkering with the factory A/C compressor. He (or she) had installed an adapter plate into the side of the unit with two bleeder valves that were of a different dimension than factory. That, and the fact that there was also a reconditioned accumulator present confirmed this.