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Old 05-31-2008, 08:22 PM
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What does everyone do for Custom AC hoses

I have a S10 with a 400 SBC. I want to connect the AC before hot weather gets going full bore. I'd like to put some nice hoses on it but don't know where to start. The old hoses are still intact, but do not fit the new serpentine belt system well.

It's an old R-12 system and will need to be converted to R134A I suppose. Any suggestions and advice much appreciated.

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Old 05-31-2008, 10:05 PM
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Most decent size shops that do A/C work can make up custom A/C hoses. It is not that difficult.

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Thanks for the suggestion but I live in a small town in rural nowhere and rely on the internet and catalogs for most of my parts. None of the shops in town have a clue. If they can't get the part from NAPA or the dealers, you're SOL.

The two hoses that came out of the back of the compressor, one is large and the other is about half as big. Do the sizes of the hoses matter? I'm thinking about just buying the fittings and hose from Aeromotive and making my own.

I'm going to try cutting the old hoses off the compressor manifold. Then I'm going to try to drill and tap threads in it for the Aeromotive fittings.

Anyone ever done this? Comments?

I know it won't be cheap, but what is these days. $75 to fill my truck up today, what a crock.
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Try these guys... http://www.vintageair.com/ they will most likely be able to make you some hoses as well as provide any other parts that you need to get the job done..

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Just to update on this thread. I found a place on the internet that helped me decide what all fittings I needed and bought everything from;

http://www.rayeveritt.com/

They have the blank manifolds for the back of compressors too.

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Stick to the same size hoses as original.
Install the largest most efficient 134 condenser available.

I install the fittings into the hoses, ready to be crimped, and MARK the orientation of the fitting to the hose end. A few degrees off makes installation difficult or impossible, and they cannot be reoriented after crimping.
Have a pro shop crimp the fittings.
Some places that make hydraulic hoses for tractors, etc. also have AC tools that came with their crimper because tractors and combines also have
AC in the cabs.
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I really like the looks of the SS braid hoses. Did you use Aeroquip? They look great.
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I order all from Vintageair, they will help you out, they are a little bit $$ but look good once done.

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