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R12 Recovery Machine Question (New Member)

Cadillac Kid on Mon November 24, 2014 10:28 PM User is offline

Year: 1959
Make: Cadillac
Model: Series 62
Engine Size: 390ci
Refrigerant Type: R12
Country of Origin: United States

Hello everyone, I'm a new member here. Ive been looking forward to this forum for quite some time. Lots of good information on here. I have had my section 609 for about a year and have done minor work with r134a. Between me and my dad we have a few old Cadillacs. The next project is getting the AC working on the 59 convertible. It worked great about 6 years ago then it all leaked out. Ive found the leak, just have not gotten it working again. A new drier will be ordered and replaced once I am ready to charge the system. Anyways, I picked up a old r12 recovery machine recently. I still need r12 manifold gauges and a recovery cylinder and a vacuum pump. I was hoping to get some input on this recovery machine. I was wondering basic stuff like were can I get a new receiver drier? Were can I locate a manual? How can I perform a basic test on the machine to make sure it still works. I took a few pictures of it but I'm not sure how to upload them...



Is this how you show the pictures? I put the links below. Machine 1.JPG Machine 2.JPG

Edited: Mon November 24, 2014 at 10:37 PM by Cadillac Kid

wptski on Tue November 25, 2014 8:07 AM User is offline

I can't edit your post but if you wanted them to be shown like this? Big pictures though!!

Edited: Tue November 25, 2014 at 8:08 AM by wptski

Cadillac Kid on Tue November 25, 2014 11:20 AM User is offline

Cadillac Kid on Tue November 25, 2014 11:21 AM User is offline

Thank you. They are enormous, but at least people can get a good look at it now.

mk378 on Tue November 25, 2014 12:15 PM User is offline

That looks like a very old machine and parts for it may be unobtianable.

Basic tests on the machine would be to evacuate it and make sure it is airtight. Then make it pump air (you will need to bypass the tank full sensor) and see if it can build pressure and pull a moderate vacuum.

It's common practice to use an external filter in the line before the machine to keep foreign material from the car out of it. There are generic filters with 1/4 flare fittings that will work with any machine. Not so much of an issue if you work only on your own cars and you know they're clean.

Edited: Tue November 25, 2014 at 12:24 PM by mk378

Cadillac Kid on Tue November 25, 2014 6:05 PM User is offline

Thanks for the response. I will try what you said. As for the tank full sensor plug/cord, is that compatible with a new recovery tank? Or did the tank full sensors not change over the years?

Dougflas on Thu November 27, 2014 4:27 PM User is offline


Edited: Thu November 27, 2014 at 4:30 PM by Dougflas

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