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Old March 19th, 2013, 12:24 AM
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Anyone install air conditioning?

Anyone install air conditioning in their series 3? Any advice on brands and what you used?
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Old March 19th, 2013, 06:07 AM
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Anyone install air conditioning in their series 3? Any advice on brands and what you used?
Amy of the hot rod AC places like Vintage Air can help piece together a kit. Your biggest issue will be mounting a compressor to your engine, but it's just a matter of fabbing up a bracket. Finding something that works with your dash might be hard too.
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Old March 19th, 2013, 08:49 AM
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Your biggest issue will be mounting a compressor to your engine, but it's just a matter of fabbing up a bracket. Finding something that works with your dash might be hard too.
I think the brackets will be easy. I had a friend with a IIa and wanted a/c. The hardest part was figuring out where the stuff that would typically live under the dash would go. There are a lot of places, like Vintage Air, with the pieces you need. Youll have to do some cutting to find room for it all though.
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Old March 19th, 2013, 09:12 AM
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Shouldn't be too hard, if you've got a SIII dash then a UD-140 from nostalgic air should fit under the dash....fab up a compressor mount on the engine and a condensor up front and you should be in business
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Old March 19th, 2013, 11:12 AM
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LRX. has a set up for sale
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Old March 20th, 2013, 03:03 PM
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In the good ole days, when driving the series down to Calif and other 100deg places, we just boughttwo bags of ice. Put one on each floor, and as it melted, no water to worry about, it just drained out on it's own. A good $2 AC that never took horsepower and never failed.....untill it all melted.
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Old March 20th, 2013, 03:10 PM
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Interesting. First post I've seen here from PNG. Are there lots of Land Rovers there? Sorry for the thread-jack.
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Old March 22nd, 2013, 10:46 AM
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Local resto / hot rod shop that is a client of mine has put vintage air units in everything under the sun... If you want air in your rig, it can be done.
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Old March 23rd, 2013, 02:43 AM
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Thanks guys for the info. I'll certainly keep it for the next project, but I have decided not on to restore a series 3. It's a necessary vehicle, but I want something bigger. Thinking of either a 2 door 110 project or a 2 door range rover classic.

I might use your advice for either of those projects.

To chris,

There are quite a few land rovers in PNG. Most are newer defenders. I know of 2 series 3's, one restored one not. There are a couple of range rovers around too.
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Old March 23rd, 2013, 07:49 PM
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Just for reference there was a write up some on the RN forum. Typing on the phone so if I'm repeating then cool.
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While driving on the north side of the island of Puerto Rico 2 days ago, saw this '67 IIA for sale at a classic cars dealer.

It was interesting to me the fact that it had an after market A/C that was installed at a local shop. BTW, the guy was asking $29K.
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AC only:
http://www.nostalgicairparts.com/air...r-only-101.php

With heater:
http://www.nostalgicairparts.com/air...r-unit-102.php
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The compressor is a Sanden SD5H09. It has the double groove v-belt clutch.

But I think you can get away with one belt. You can see it in the picture from the PR truck.
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Old May 11th, 2013, 10:19 AM
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Think outside the "box". Go to a car show and hang out with some of the hot rod guys and look at some of the set ups they use... you can get some good ideas if you're open to going "non stock".
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