Chrysler AirTemp A/C

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Mopar Fans:

I ordered my '69 Dodge Charger new without A/C. In those days, A/C in cars was still something of a novelty, and I had never even ridden in a car with A/C to that point, so factory A/C seemed an unnecessary extravagance. However, a year or so later I had the dealer install an under-dash AirTemp unit. It worked fine until the '80s when I blew one of the hoses during servicing of the unit. Replacing the hose was outrageously expensive and I mostly used the car to commute three miles to work, so I removed the whole system and it has been stored away since then.
My question: does anyone know of anyone who works on these things? I'm not sure it could ever be made to work again, but if so I'd probably reinstall it.

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Steve Byers
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Havelock, NC
 

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Buy a vintage air unit.

Im not sure the costs to repair a non factory installed system would be beneficial compared to a modern system in regards to function.

If its even possible to find parts for it
 

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Right now all you have is a bunch of 51 year old parts. Who knows what it will take and how durable it will be for the long haul. I would get a Classic Auto Air or vintage system and be done with it. It will look better and function well.
 
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Vintage Air offers an under-dash system similar to what was added to your Charger. It would be easier to install than the behind the dash unit.
 

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The dealer-installed system will likely use different parts than a car equipped from the factory. I sort of spaced when I wrote my original reply. The rule of thumb for any heat exchanger - radiator, condensers and evaporatirs in an AC system is - it's dirtier on the inside than what you think. Replace the filter/dryer, condenser, then reverse-flush the evaporator, get all new o-rings, gaskets, and hoses. Pressure test with nitrogen at 200 psi, then evacuate and charge.
 
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