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Engine swap and R134a upgrade

hallkbrdz on Thu August 26, 2010 8:46 AM User is offline

Year: 1990
Make: VW
Model: Corrado
Engine Size: 1.8T
Refrigerant Type: R134a
Country of Origin: Germany

I swapped a 1.8T engine from a 2005 Golf into my 1990 Corrado and would like to restore A/C, mainly to help defrost windows when it rains heavy.

The swap came with the A/C compressor, and it uses the "tab" line connectors with bolt hold-downs (not sure what that style is called). I replaced the old R12 evaporator with a new R134a evaporator part (from a '95 Corrado) while doing the swap. I do not currently have a good condenser / dryer / or lines.

Finding a condenser that will fit is an issue, since modern VW condensers are too tall, but I noticed your 12-0439C model would fit just perfect in the space available (limited to 13" vertical and about 23" horizontal). If I bought this, what dryer and other parts would I need, and where should I go to get hoses made to have both the tab ends and ends needed for your parts? The evaporator has a built in expansion valve.

BTW - What is the depth on that model (12-0439C)?

Thanks in advance... Bryan

'90/05 Corrado

Edited: Thu August 26, 2010 at 9:20 AM by hallkbrdz

HVargas on Thu August 26, 2010 12:14 PM User is offlineView users profile

If you buy one of our universal condensers, you will also want to get one of our universal driers as well. It comes with the high side R134a port as well as a port to mount a high-low pressure cutout switch which you will need as well. It is listed here as part number 085373-00. As far as the lines go, you may have to locate the lines that bolt up to the compressor and have hoses custom made using those connectors. You will have to cut the factory hoses and weld or braze on fittings like these, Beadlock Fitting, and crimp in the length of hose you need from there.


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