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MonteSS on Tue February 26, 2008 4:30 PM User is offline

Year: 1987
Make: Chevy
Model: Monte Carlo SS
Engine Size: 305
Refrigerant Type: 134

I had replaced my rubber lines, compressor, and drier 2 years ago. I am now replacing the stock 305 with a 383 and I want to do a serpentine belt instead of the V belt so my compressor will be on the other side and I have to change my lines and condenser along with the compressor. While I am at it I am also changing my heater core and evaporator. I had done a 134 retro fit on it flushed all the lines evac the system then filled it.

The questions are;

1. Do I have to replace my drier again, reason being is that I had polished it and don't want to go through that again.

2. Can I bake it at 350 degrees. The clear paint that I had used on it to keep it from oxidizing has yellowed already and I would like to clean it off and powder coat it clear to keep that from happening again and I need to bake it at 350 for 25 minutes to cure it.

3. If I can't bake it can I have one chromed, in this case I will have to get a new one probably clean it up and remove the welding marks to have it chromed.

Thank you for any help.

iceman2555 on Tue February 26, 2008 7:21 PM User is offlineView users profile

The accumulator/drier should be changed. It is possible that you could reuse it, however, considering the age and possible moisture contamination of the dessicant....suggest to replace it.
As far as 'baking' it.....there is a small plastic filter screen on the pick up tube. The heat could possibly destroy this screen. If the screen were to melt and restrict the oil pick up orifice then serious compressor damage wil result.
As far as chrome plating....not sure what effect the heat and chemicals would have on this unit. I think polishing is the best way to do...and from is a 'b&%$h of a job...but worth while. From a job as a college student working in a chrome shop....seems some of those vats were very hot.....sealing the unit to keep chromeing chemicals out may not be a problem...but the temp of the processing vats may be a problem. Still think the polish is the way to go.

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