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Any thoughts about new A6 Replacement?

jamyers on Wed January 28, 2009 10:16 PM User is offlineView users profile

Any info on this apparently new compressor? Supposedly has Sanden-type internals in a case like an A6.
From http://www.auarepr.com/default.aspx?type=art&id=91160&

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Old Air Products Offers 'Bolt-In' Direct Replacement for the GM Frigidare/Harrison A-6 Compressor

In December 30, 2008 / default

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The Pro6TEN Compressor is a 10 Cylinder "bolt-in" direct replacement for the GM Frigidare/Harrison A-6 Compressor. This new design is specifically engineered to fit original A-6 mounting brackets and A/C hose assemblies. This highly efficient compressor offers a smoother, quieter operation, creating less vibration and engine drag, increased fuel mileage, improved engine and cooling system performance.

The aluminum body of the Pro6TEN is 52% lighter than the original A-6 (significantly reducing shipping costs). Designed to accept both superheat and high-pressure safety switches, One single groove part number replaces 90% of all applications, Also Available with a double groove clutch. Fits 1962 and up GM vehicles, many Ford-Lincoln-Mercury, Audi, Jaguar, Mercedes Benz, Rolls Royce, Volvo, and various heavy-duty trucks and other applications with the A-6 compressor.

For additional information on products offered by Old Air Products, visit www.oldroducts.com. blockquote>

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Edited: Fri July 16, 2010 at 12:14 AM by Automotive Air Conditioning Information Moderator

TRB on Wed January 28, 2009 10:47 PM User is offlineView users profile

Every major supplier will have this compressor available shortly. Good chance it will work well, but with any new item we will have to see real world testing on durability.

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amphicar770 on Thu July 15, 2010 9:00 PM User is offline

Has anyone tried this yet?

newton5 on Fri July 16, 2010 12:10 AM User is offlineView users profile

I have 2 of them that were recently installed as a test on customer cars. Both are relatively stock vehicles in nice, original condition with comparable V8 engines.
Both cars, 71 Chevelle and 72 Cutlass, are POA\TXV systems converted to R134a.
Both vehicles are using PAG-100 oil, were thoroughly flushed, new receiver/dryers and rebuilt hose sets.

The systems work as well as any converted, A6 equipped POA system of that vintage that I've done or seen. Vent temps in the high 30's to mid 40s depending on conditions. From a performance standpoint, there seems to be no difference between the A6 and the Pro6Ten.
The first compressor, on the Chevelle, was much quieter than I expected. The second, on the Cutlass was slightly "noisier". Nothing alarming, it just made a bit more mechanical noise in operation.
The installation was a direct bolt on with no tweaking or modification, as advertised.

The Pro6Ten is, IMHO, a very good option, however there isn't really much to be gained over the A6 (Oil slinging shaft seal excepted) It's neither an upgrade or a downgrade. I will say that it seems to draw a bit less power in operation. How much? I have no idea, but likely enough to give a slight fuel economy gain. (neither vehicle is exactly a fuel miser to begin with). It IS much lighter than the A6, if that means anything.
Both cars have some chrome or polished aluminum add ons under the hood. The Pro6Ten sure does make a nice cosmetic addition. I believe this is where the real competition with the A6 lies.

Both systems have been in service for ~3 months with no issues. So far, so good. It's early but I think they will be just fine. Time will tell.

Edited: Fri July 16, 2010 at 12:16 AM by newton5

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