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Getting the AC going for the first time

torque395 on Fri July 19, 2013 4:01 PM User is offline

Year: 1980
Make: Volvo
Model: 265
Engine Size: 4.3
Refrigerant Type: R134a
Country of Origin: United States

OK here's whats going on. The car in question is a 1980 Volvo 265 GLE. Originally had a PRV 2.8 V6 in it but now has a Chevy 4.3L. I have the Chevy compressor and hoses. I need to mate them to either the Volvo hoses, or the Volvo AC parts themselves.

The system has been capped since it was taken apart for the engine conversion. It will still need, of course, a TXV, a drier and a retrofit kit. And probably could use to be flushed especially since it was R12 and will now be R134a.

Trying to do this cheap. I'm pretty broke right now (lost my job, but that's another story). But the heat is killing me. Black interior certainly doesn't help any.

Is there a way to flush the system good without buying special equipment or taking it to a shop? I really think I can do everything myself except for that, and maybe having custom ends put in the Chevy hose if I cant adapt it to the Volvo parts with fittings. Aside from what I've mentioned, (txv, drier, flush) and pulling a good vacuum on the system, is there anything i've forgotten before I move on to adding oil and charging the system? The Volvo uses a TXV, and the chevy used an orifice tube. Is that going to cause any problems? I dont believe the orifice tube is in the compressor hoses... so i dont see any issues there myself, but I am no AC expert by any means...

Thanks in advance

1996 Chevy Suburban 2500 4x2 6.5L Turbo

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