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Aircon kit for 3.5l v8

Hello, Ive got a 1983 land rover defender with a 3.5l v8. It is rhd. Unfortunately, I cannot seem to find any kits for this engine to fit in this defender. Any ideas or recommendations would be great! Cheers!
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Hello, Ive got a 1983 land rover defender with a 3.5l v8. It is rhd. Unfortunately, I cannot seem to find any kits for this engine to fit in this defender. Any ideas or recommendations would be great! Cheers!
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Something tells me you're being too specific in your search, using the 3.5 V8 as the reason you can't find anything exactly specific to your set-up. There are many A/C threads on this forum where people have posted their solutions. Search vintage air.
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Something tells me you're being too specific in your search, using the 3.5 V8 as the reason you can't find anything exactly specific to your set-up. There are many A/C threads on this forum where people have posted their solutions. Search vintage air.
I already did and talked to them. They said they didnt know what a Land Rover Defender was. When I told them to look it up and call me back they did but after finding out it was RHD they said good luck and goodbye.
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You can purchase kits readily. It is also easy to adapt a 300tdi ac system to v8- just did one. Cost about $175 to have two custom lines made up.
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We just did an install using a proper Defender kit. Bit of work to make it fit a 3.5 properly but we have all the knowledge in hand. We used a V8 system
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We did that install and have the full list of parts needed. If you want to send me a PM, I'll get a quote worked up for you.
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We did that install and have the full list of parts needed. If you want to send me a PM, I'll get a quote worked up for you.
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We did that install and have the full list of parts needed. If you want to send me a PM, I'll get a quote worked up for you.
i have a 3.5l v8 and am looking for an aircon kit. Can you send me a quote as well. Also, can you send me the full list of parts needed. Thanks!

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Hello, Ive got a 1983 land rover defender with a 3.5l v8. It is rhd. Unfortunately, I cannot seem to find any kits for this engine to fit in this defender. Any ideas or recommendations would be great! Cheers!

Installing an AC in a RHD 3.5 can go several ways.

Option 1: Install a generic System

Where this will be the least expensive option to many Defender owners this may not be the best option. This is mostly due to the fact that the system will not appear to be factory like in appearance while the functionality will be basically the same. Your knees will be rather cold.
If you decide on the aftermarket option Oscar has posted one possible solution as seen below:

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=48220

Option 2: Install a proper Defender System:

In my opinion, the proper Defender AC kit is the most desirable way to go. Regretfully no one makes a commercial off the shelf kit for the 3.5 (RHD or LHD). This is due (in part) to the fact that there are several different belt / pulley configurations possible on the front of your engine. To properly quote the job the shop needs to know how the front end of the engine is configured.

Cost analysis suggests that its best to order the proper V8 system from Rovers North as they have a kit that has most of the parts as a kit and custom hoses will not be required. Cost for the kit is approximately $3100.00 shipped into Florida.

Most 3.5 front covers do not have the fixing point for the AC tensioner. To overcome this you can swap the front cover, install a 3.9 or simply adjust the AC belt tension with the PS pump. Of course using the PS pump is the cheapest option (unless you want more power).

With the proper AC kit youíll still need a few parts to relocate the alternator to the opposite side of the engine. This is done to allow the kit hoses to work without modification. The pulley alignment is straight forward and does not require any additional parts except for 1 pulley. You wonít need the pulley if your water pump pulley has an extra grove.

In addition to setting up the engine properly the bonnet release has to be reconfigured unless it is cable operated but no parts are required for this step.

The total job requires 6-7 hours of labor. $45.00 AC Charge, 2 new local auto parts store belts and one pulley (610792). Estimated cost is $4000.00 - $4200.00 installed

Hope this helps.
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Do I need to buy a RHD vent kit from the UK?

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Installing an AC in a RHD 3.5 can go several ways.

Option 1: Install a generic System

Where this will be the least expensive option to many Defender owners this may not be the best option. This is mostly due to the fact that the system will not appear to be factory like in appearance while the functionality will be basically the same. Your knees will be rather cold.
If you decide on the aftermarket option Oscar has posted one possible solution as seen below:

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=48220

Option 2: Install a proper Defender System:

In my opinion, the proper Defender AC kit is the most desirable way to go. Regretfully no one makes a commercial off the shelf kit for the 3.5 (RHD or LHD). This is due (in part) to the fact that there are several different belt / pulley configurations possible on the front of your engine. To properly quote the job the shop needs to know how the front end of the engine is configured.

Cost analysis suggests that its best to order the proper V8 system from Rovers North as they have a kit that has most of the parts as a kit and custom hoses will not be required. Cost for the kit is approximately $3100.00 shipped into Florida.

Most 3.5 front covers do not have the fixing point for the AC tensioner. To overcome this you can swap the front cover, install a 3.9 or simply adjust the AC belt tension with the PS pump. Of course using the PS pump is the cheapest option (unless you want more power).

With the proper AC kit youíll still need a few parts to relocate the alternator to the opposite side of the engine. This is done to allow the kit hoses to work without modification. The pulley alignment is straight forward and does not require any additional parts except for 1 pulley. You wonít need the pulley if your water pump pulley has an extra grove.

In addition to setting up the engine properly the bonnet release has to be reconfigured unless it is cable operated but no parts are required for this step.

The total job requires 6-7 hours of labor. $45.00 AC Charge, 2 new local auto parts store belts and one pulley (610792). Estimated cost is $4000.00 - $4200.00 installed

Hope this helps.
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Do I need to buy a RHD vent kit from the UK?
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From experience its best to buy the whole kit as you will likely find that buying piece parts will end up costing more at the end of the day. We have a truck in here now for the same fitment and the customer has the lower section only but needs the compressor, brackets, hoses etc and at the end of the day all the bits add up to more than just buying the complete system. Napa does carry the compressor and most of the brackets you can find second hand so that will save some dollars.
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Evening

From experience its best to buy the whole kit as you will likely find that buying piece parts will end up costing more at the end of the day. We have a truck in here now for the same fitment and the customer has the lower section only but needs the compressor, brackets, hoses etc and at the end of the day all the bits add up to more than just buying the complete system. Napa does carry the compressor and most of the brackets you can find second hand so that will save some dollars.
Copy that. On my list of future upgrades. When will the kits be back in stock?
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