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AC Condenser Question

I'm looking at universal parallel flow condensers for my '57 pickup.

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Can these be mounted with the connections on left or right?

These all come with a #6 and #8 connection. So, another way to state my question is does one have to be on the top and the other on the bottom or can they be reversed?
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#8 from the compressor on the top, #6 to the dryer on the bottom
What system did you buy?
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Thanks.

I was afraid the #8 had to be on top.

I'm looking at a 15" X 27" that would be the perfect size. But I want the connections on the passenger side and that would put the #6 on top.
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There is no front or back to a condenser, why can't you just turn it around? I have a universal condenser on my '56 with the connections on the pass side.
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There is no front or back to a condenser, why can't you just turn it around? I have a universal condenser on my '56 with the connections on the pass side.
I was thinking you couldn't because of the mounting strips. I'm mounting on the front of the core support with the radiator on the rear of the core support.

Maybe I could use spacers to accomplish get it mounted though. Thanks for the thought.

This is the one I'm looking at from Nostalgic Air. I'd rather have unpainted too.

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I made 1'' spacers for mine to move the radiator back.
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I mounted one of the universal flow condensers in my '75 GMC and there were a lot of options for how to mount it. I installed mine on the front of the radiator support, and bolted a piece of angle iron underneath it to form a short shelf that holds the weight. I then used the bolt holes on the ends to attach it to the radiator support with short straps, but the straps just stop it from shifting, and don't really hold any weight.

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I'm getting more ideas to study on now.

Thanks guys.
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Well,

I just took the easy way out.

I studied Vintage Air's condenser kit and the more I looked at it, the more I liked it and it was a little cheaper than I thought I could get it at.

It comes with the condenser, mounting brackets that( mount it in a pretty slick way), drier and tubes.

I found a place that gave me 10% off of list so the kit was $185 plus shipping. By the time I bought everything separate, I would have paid that about much anyway and this will save me a lot of time.

This a newly designed kit and I like it much better than their older one.
Here's a link to the .pdf

http://www.vintageair.com/Instructions2013/901557.pdf

Thanks for all the replies here guys. The help you gave still helped me make my final decision.
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I think you will be happy with the Vintage Air. I used another manufacturer (Southern Air). Although their condenser and hose kit was good, their inside evap unit and customer service is disappointing. As such, I never recommend Southern Air to anyone.
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I think you will be happy with the Vintage Air. I used another manufacturer (Southern Air). Although their condenser and hose kit was good, their inside evap unit and customer service is disappointing. As such, I never recommend Southern Air to anyone.
I have a VA GenIV (all electronic with servos instead of cables) underdash evaporator unit in my '55 Bel Air that I am very happy with.

When I bought my pickup, it already had an Old Air Products underdash evaporator installed in it. I had intended on using it. However, not long ago I removed it (since I'm gutting everything for the restore job) and I thought it was so inferior to the VA GenIV system, that I decided to sell it on ebay and get the VA GenIV evaporator instead. (Luckily, they just came out with the GenIV system for the trucks around the first of the year.)
I ordered the evaporator last week and called the same vendor today and bought the condenser. That vendor (Wheels of Time) sells pretty much all VA products for 10% off of list price. I also upgraded to the billet aluminum side vent bezels and louvers. I just don't like mounting the plastic side vents under the dash. With my Bel Air, I bought repro original side vents. Drilling the holes is a little tricky but they came out perfect.

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