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#1 kixxvaz1

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 04:06 PM

So after a few 100 plus degree days in the truck, (Gotta love CA near palm springs) I am wanting AC pretty bad.

I have the stock compressor that came with the KA24E and when I went to see if it was doable, looks like it will hit the steering box.

Looking for ideas to mount a compressor. Suggestions?



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Posted 20 July 2017 - 08:07 PM

Postal jeep???

 

There was a post here where someone had it done on a DE, of course that p0st would be worthless now thanks to photofuckit.

 

Im looking into it, on the DE you reportedly can move the A/C bracket up to the power steering hole and it will clear the steering box. I bought the DE compressor bracket for a 240SX on Ebay and I keep checking for a s13 compressor so I can test fit. I was going to use a vintage air underdash unit for the evaporator.

 

You (like me) have a '74 - so the condenser is a problem. The '75 and later trucks have a different radiator support that allows a larger 3 core radiator and also makes room for the condenser. A couple of the condensers that Vintage Air sells looks like they will work but will take some brackets. It is going to be a tight fit for radiator, condenser & fan in the front. I found brand new factory condensers online, but without the newer support they look like more work than bother, plus they are set up to run on R12.

 

thats about all I know so far.

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 08:40 PM

I'll try the power steering bracket. See if that is doable. I have one laying around somewhere. Also have the S13 compressor.



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Posted 21 July 2017 - 04:57 AM

Sorry - if I recall, the dude moved the compressor bracket up to the power steering mounting holes in the block. That way the belts lined up with everything.

He did not use a power steering bracket.


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Posted 21 July 2017 - 07:36 AM

even better. I'll try that today



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Posted 21 July 2017 - 09:38 AM

Lots of talk about A/C lately.

 

Post some pics up as you go along. I'd love to see what you come up with.



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Posted 21 July 2017 - 08:12 PM

Didn't get a chance to try anything today but the PS pump area looks too tight for the large compressor at least on the E vs the DE. Maybe swap Alternator and Compressor possitions?



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Posted 22 July 2017 - 06:53 AM

So after a few 100 plus degree days in the truck, (Gotta love CA near palm springs) I am wanting AC pretty bad.

I have the stock compressor that came with the KA24E and when I went to see if it was doable, looks like it will hit the steering box.

Looking for ideas to mount a compressor. Suggestions?

This is one main reason I put a 1980 720 chassis under my 66 520, to get the steering box on the outside of the frame.

 

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Posted 22 July 2017 - 08:23 AM

Yes, the 720 suspension and steering systems are a much better design as well.

 

Both the steering box and the idler arm are mounted on the outside, making room on both sides of the engine.



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Posted 12 August 2017 - 01:37 PM

Yeah, haven't done some tinkering, relocating the steering box would be the best route. On that note, I don't think I want to deal with that type of project right now and ma just suck it up till I find the time.