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davette59
07-05-2015, 05:51 AM
I recently took my Avanti II in to have the AC refrigerant converted and was told the condenser was full of holes. My question is, where can I purchase a new one and will one from a 1978 Corvette or GM work since the car has a 350 Corvette engine in it. Looking for one for an Avanti, no parts warehouse can come up with one.

Thanks, Dave

Rerun
07-05-2015, 07:45 AM
You may want to check with Vintage Air
http://www.vintageair.com/2014catalog/Pages%20from%202014%20VintageAir%20Cat%20rev%208-15%2084.pdf

karterfred88
07-05-2015, 01:10 PM
I recently took my Avanti II in to have the AC refrigerant converted and was told the condenser was full of holes. My question is, where can I purchase a new one and will one from a 1978 Corvette or GM work since the car has a 350 Corvette engine in it. Looking for one for an Avanti, no parts warehouse can come up with one.

Thanks, Dave
They don't have a listing, so they can't find one? Just measure yours, width, height and thickness. Since Avanti Motors used various parts from different applications at different times there is no other way. There is no "right" part. I would think most any A/C specialist shop should be able to look through catalogues from A/C Delco, Denso, etc. and find a universal unit close enough to fit and work. Since 134A didn't exist in 1978 (started in 1994) everything being used to convert your car will be aftermarket anyway, including hoses and maybe even a new compressor and evaporator (probably not needed) so I don't see why they can't find a suitable condenser.

TWChamp
07-05-2015, 02:08 PM
It might even be worth looking at the cars in the local junk yard to find something suitable.

Gunslinger
07-05-2015, 04:13 PM
Go to a speed shop that does custom work...they can get what you need and maybe even more efficient than the original.

Studebakercenteroforegon
07-05-2015, 06:06 PM
Any decent air conditioning shop should have an "Illustrated Parts Guide" listing parts and showing basic dimensions, etc. As was stated, an Avanti II Condensor was probably a universal type of part not associated with any particular model of car.
(And I have owned several Avanti IIs, so I knew what they looked like, even though I never had to replace one.)

bezhawk
07-05-2015, 07:48 PM
A parallel flow modern condenser will be more efficient anyways.