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Old July 17th, 2014, 02:00 PM
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AC or no AC

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I was hoping some of the brains here could help me with a question. I am purchasing a 97 defender ST, and it doesn't have AC. But it has what looks to be a compressor for AC. Is that a standard thing? In searching I have seen that before, so maybe it isn't what I think it is.

Anyway, can someone comment on the AC vs no AC capabilities of this vehicle?

I went to Land Rover headquarters, which is near my house, and they are trying to find the original sticker for this truck to see what it came with, but that will take a few days. In the short term I'm trying to figure out if the addition of AC will be super hardest or more easier. That's perfect English.

Thanks in advance for any info.
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Old July 17th, 2014, 03:05 PM
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that is an ac compressor - next to the alt - but no H&L pipes
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Old July 17th, 2014, 03:08 PM
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Most of the 97's came with A/C so chances are this one did, but there is also a chance it didn't. Clear? What does the dash look like? Are there any extra holes drilled or anything?
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also a chance it didn't. Clear?
Ha, crystal clear.

Here are some dash pics, although not zoomed in. I'm not sure where the screw holes would be.
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Old July 17th, 2014, 03:22 PM
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you have no AC. Rovers North has a complete kit under $2k to add, and it's pretty straightforward. If that compressor (which is the most expensive part) was not capped off where the AC refrigerant lines, then the compressor has probably gone bad due to exposure.
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you have no AC. Rovers North has a complete kit under $2k to add, and it's pretty straightforward. If that compressor (which is the most expensive part) was not capped off where the AC refrigerant lines, then the compressor has probably gone bad due to exposure.
1997s without AC came with the compressor. It was an option to have AC, but all 97s had the AC compressor. Since I do not see any screw holes in the dash, I assume that yours was one of the ones that did not have the option.
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Old July 17th, 2014, 03:33 PM
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Funny. That is one of the weirder things I've heard a car manufacture do.
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Old July 17th, 2014, 03:57 PM
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Funny. That is one of the weirder things I've heard a car manufacture do.
Same here; let's put surplus parts on an engine... Weird
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Thanks guys.

I saw the compressor and this hole (I put an arrow on this picture), and I was thinking maybe it had it at some point. But sounds like likely not. Not a make or break for me, just wishful thinking.
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Same here; let's put surplus parts on an engine... Weird
Maybe not, for the limited qty of these that were built it may have been cheaper to fit the compressor & not have to change the serp belt etc, to not having one. One engine fit's all sort of thing.... Just a thought...

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Thanks guys.

I saw the compressor and this hole (I put an arrow on this picture), and I was thinking maybe it had it at some point. But sounds like likely not. Not a make or break for me, just wishful thinking.
Looking at that pic's the compressor appears to have (blue) blanking caps over the ports... if so, you'd think it was still in good order.
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Old July 17th, 2014, 04:11 PM
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Maybe not, for the limited qty of these that were built it may have been cheaper to fit the compressor & not have to change the serp belt etc, to not having one. One engine fit's all sort of thing.... Just a thought...

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Looking at that pic's the compressor appears to have (blue) blanking caps over the ports... if so, you'd think it was still in good order.
Saw that and agree. But it has to have oil put in it when the full kit is installed, so have it done professionally. And since the AC clutch hasn't engaged since new, that compressor hasn't turned in 18 years...
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