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Replacing hoses

Dave in Texas on Fri July 09, 2010 9:41 AM User is offlineView users profile

Year: 1981
Make: Ford
Model: F100
Engine Size: 300ci-6
Refrigerant Type: R12

It's been 14yrs since I last installed a new compressor in my truck. The OEM lasted 15yrs, so... I intend to keep it an R12 system, since I have enough to fill the system. Question is about replacing the OEM '81 hoses (29yrs). Can't buy new ones anymore, so gotta make my own. Old pieces were hydraulically crimped, so those fittings aren't reusable(?) and I no longer have access to crimpers. I've got a new accumulator in my cart, but unsure what to add for the hoses/fittings. If someone can give me some advice/help, I'd appreciate it. Thanks

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HVargas on Fri July 09, 2010 1:22 PM User is offlineView users profile

The best way to go about doing the hoses is to find somewhere that can crimp them for you. I would recommend trying anywhere that deals with hydraulic hoses or even asking your local parts store. If you are really up to it, you can send us the hose, we will rebuild it and ship it back to you the same day.

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Dave in Texas on Sat July 10, 2010 7:02 PM User is offlineView users profile

Thanks Adam for the advice. I know I have that option for crimping the hoses, but what I'm more wanting to know is about the fittings for new hoses. There are a bunch of types on the Beadlock/Barb fittings page and I don't know one from the other. Hose sizing isn't a problem, it's the types of ends on the hoses that I'm confused about.....the whats/hows of the fittings. A few years ago I bought a Seltec TM-15HS from ACKits thinking it would be a good replacement(and it was on sale!). The Seltec may take different size fittings than my York does Still in the box on the shelf in my garage. Being retired on SS, money is scarce. Can't afford any mistakes with the r12 since I have just enough to fill the system once it holds vacuum overnight(at least). Thank you for your response. I posted problem in Off Topic Chat, but no help has come from there......

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At 2, I went home with a 10. At 10 I woke up with a 2 !!

Edited: Sat July 10, 2010 at 8:03 PM by Dave in Texas

Dave in Texas on Tue July 13, 2010 12:14 AM User is offlineView users profile

After getting some hose/fittings help from Adam this morning, I stopped by an AC shop to get some advice. I live by the adage: "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". So does this guy! He advised to add a can and go forth. Will wait until the compressor gives up and then deal with the hoses. I'll send them to ACKits when the time comes for rebuilding. Thanks Adam for the helpful advice. I appreciate it. Now I need to sell the Seltec I can't use on either this truck or the car.

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