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Replacement Hose Construction

69-er on Mon June 21, 2010 2:21 PM User is offlineView users profile

Year: 1983
Make: Chevy
Model: Camaro
Engine Size: 305
Refrigerant Type: R12

For my 83 Camaro, the replacement AC manifold hoses that are available aren’t quite correct because my engine is an option that wasn’t common. There is one fitting that is longer and its hard line is bent compared to the short and straight fitting on the replacement hose assembly. I’m trying to figure out how to maybe modify the new hoses to fit my car or repair the original hoses.

If I could find a beadlock fitting that matches my original, I could get it installed on the new hose. Or, If I could find the old style rubber hose, I could just replace the hoses and recrimp the old fittings. I found a reasonably priced barb-style crimper. (I'm using R12) Or, as a last resort, since the hoses appear to be in good shape except for a couple of loosely crimped ends, maybe I could re crimp the new ends. It’s strange how barb fittings can be found, but not the old rubber hose, just barrier hose.

Are all replacement hoses made of barrier hose, even for systems that originally had R12?

There seems to be a few ways I could go about this. Any suggestions?

TRB on Mon June 21, 2010 5:05 PM User is offlineView users profile

We crimp barrier hose and barb fittings all the time. Some fittings are just made that way and you have to do what is needed to make the hose. Been doing this for years and while not the bets approach we have never had a hose like because it cut the barrier liner.

PS: We only use a bubble style crimp!


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