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Retro Fit Ford Torino

Jeffc9 on Wed May 14, 2008 8:53 PM User is offline

Year: 1972
Make: Ford
Model: Torino station wagon
Engine Size: 351
Refrigerant Type: -
Country of Origin: United States

Hi Guys I want to retro fit a 1972 Ford wagon, I have rebuilt the motor and transmission and will be repainting the car. It was r12 and the compressor is junk. What would be the best way to update to a newer pump and condenser so it would last and run on 134. Engine is still out and can access everything. We have the equipment where I work to charge the 134 system and a tech there to do it . Was hoping someone had done this swap and could help with a starting point. Thanks for your help!

Chick on Wed May 14, 2008 9:00 PM User is offlineView users profile

I would go with a "NEW" compressor and expanion valve, drier and even leave it R12.. But you could retrofitr it if you want. As far as what other compressors to use, you could contact the guys at and see what they recomment for the 5.8. I had a 73 Grand Torino Elite back in the day, and it froze you out of the car with the R12 system... It's a big enough system to cool just as well with R134a though..
72 Torino compressor and parts

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TRB on Thu May 15, 2008 12:42 AM User is offlineView users profile

Personally I would stay R12.

If you do convert I would use an adapter plate and Seltec compressor. You will need hoses made so drop in a true parallel flow condenser at the same time. Standard conversion process listed in the tips section of this forum would also be suggested and needed.


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