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Old 05-02-2007, 10:32 AM
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Proper storage of AC compressor?

Is there anything I need to do to the AC compressor off my 75 Camaro before I box it up? It will be a year or three before I put it back on.

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Old 05-02-2007, 12:59 PM
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Definitely seal it up good, and Id try to lay it as it mounts in the car... and make sure its not stored in a position thatll drain any oil out (even though youll want fresh oil in when you re-install it).
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Thanks for the info!
I got some silicon plugs that I use for power coating. Maybe they will work.

One of the hoses has been off of it for a while should I worry about moisture?
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Old 05-02-2007, 03:10 PM
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Well, that definitely aint good for it. Since its already off the car, Id pour a lil oil down in it and try to spin it around by hand to distribute it and coat the internals as well as possible.
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I've never re-installed a compressor that it didn't leak or otherwise become ruined from drawing moisture. They're cheap in the grand scheme of things, I suggest selling this one to someone who can use it sooner, then buying a new or reman one when you're ready. Saving an AC compressor for 3 years is kinda like draining your gas tank and saving the fuel for three years. Just burn it in something else and fill the tank later when you need it. Even a brand new Sanden compressor can be bought for under $200.

I was told by the guys at Vintage Air that the best way to do it is to set whatever way the hose fittings are up, then fill it with whatever lube is compatible with your refrigerant. fill it, turn the clutch, fill more, turn more... takes forever, but they advised so strongly against it they offered to buy my compressor back so it didn't get wasted, then they'd sell me a new one at cost down the road when I needed it.

Make sure you also fully purge the system both pressure and vacuum and install a new dryer.
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