Thinking very seriously of installing a larger parallel flow condenser in my fox body mustang. The stock condenser sits on rubber pads on the bottom and has rubber pads on the top holding it on. Is it necessary or recommended to use rubber pads when mounting a condenser or does it matter? The afterparket economy parallel flow condensers have mounting tabs. I could easily put a screw through these tabs into the metal of the radiator support. But would this cause a vibration or other problem?
Also, one thing I noticed is the stock condenser is not flush with the radiator and has "gaps" on top and the sides which I heard was bad becasue not all the air being pulled by the fan is then going through the condenser. On top of that, the economy parallel flow condensers are thinner than the stock serpintine condenser. Is there material or a way to eliminate these "gaps"? Should The condenser be completely flush with the radiator? Will it hurt to "touch" the radiator?
I appreciate the help and sorry for all the questions. I think I have convinced myself to go the 134-a route and do some fabricating. )I am a tinkerer that way). I meased last night and think if the ruber mounting is not required could mount as large as an 18.5 inch my 31.5 inch condenser. I would think this would negate some of the performance problems in retrofitting to 134-a in a car such as mine.
Condenser does not need to be mounted with rubber pads. Just make sure it is mounted nice and solid and not rubbing on anything.
Proper air flow through the condenser is your goal. So any place you can help the air to be directed through the condenser is a plus.
Ok. I had one more question. I have been reading that not only condenser side is a limiting factor when converting but also compressor size. Is it a moot point to convert even with a big condenser if the Nippo I have is too small for the task?
Depends on pressure readings and the size of an OE condenser. If a system is R12 and your use R134a. There will be a difference in heat load on the condenser no matter what compressor is being used.
So, is it possible to not get adequate performance when converting to 134a f the compressor is undersized, even with a huge condenser?
Sorry for all the questions. Just trying to understand.
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