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Proper condenser sizing for a custom app

Customcab on Tue March 27, 2012 3:18 AM User is offlineView users profile

Year: 1964
Make: Ford
Model: F-100
Engine Size: 351
Refrigerant Type: R134a
Country of Origin: United States

Hi all. I've been lurking (and searching) for a while but haven't seen just what I was looking for, so for a first post I have a question about an aftermarket system that's getting some upgrades. I'm working on a 64 F-100 that has had an engine transplant to a 351w and also a compressor change from a York to a Unicla 170. The evaporator unit is a Ford hang-on that looks identical to a early Mustang unit. I'm trying to determine the right condenser sizing for this application. ( I'll be mounting a condenser fan also) Looks like there's plenty of room, but I'd like to get it right. From what I've read so far it sounds like the PF units are the most efficient, especially with this refrigerant.
Thanx for any help you can offer.

Edited: Tue March 27, 2012 at 3:44 AM by Customcab

mk378 on Tue March 27, 2012 9:10 AM User is offline

There's no such thing as too much condenser. Fit the largest PF that will fit. Mobile systems are almost always limited by condenser performanace.

Customcab on Tue March 27, 2012 6:34 PM User is offlineView users profile

Thank you. That's kinda how I was leaning also.
There's tons of room, I just didn't want to unknowingly put in an improperly sized unit.
Thanx!! Phil

94RX-7 on Wed April 04, 2012 8:22 AM User is offline

I researched, and researched, and researched this exact question. Even bought a certain book on how to build a custom system for a car. Could NOT find an answer other than "parallel flow, as much as you can fit". Disappointing.

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