My AC gear appears to be all original. And I have two small cans of R12.
Should I bring it to a shop and have them see what they can do with it?
Or should I be following this thread and plan on replacing the whole system?
Personally, I am willing to spend the money for a new, easily serviced, reliable ac system. If I had 2 12 oz cans of R12, I'd swap or sell them and change to a new R134. I think the chances of a 30+ year old R12 system working are very small.
Go to harbor freight and get a vacuum pump and a set of gauges and you can charge it yourself also. You might want to go ahead and get some r134a, it's going higher and higher in price. I heard the EPA set down a limit on how much r134a they could manufacture this year, so the price is jumping up. Sounds familiar doesn't it?
Compressor VTA-04709-VUA- SUMMIT- $235
Mounting bracket, Summit, VTA-151015-$50
Compressor to condenser, fittings and hose- (Make my own hose) &40
Condenser, 1994 stock Ford pu, parallel flow, Rock Auto, OSC 4531, $85
Make condeser to evaporator hose, hose and fittings, $50
Expansion orfice, RockAuto, 1994 Ford UAC, EX7000C, $3
Evaporator, RockAuto, UAC, EVO110PFC, $56
Accumulator, RockAuto, UAC, RD7187SC, $23
Shipping, RockAuto, $44
Shipping, Summit- free
So I'm in for $650 ish.
I have a HF vacuum pump and good quality ac gauges from previous projects
Not everything is installed and working yet. The work is something any shade tree me I can do with the correct tools(gauges and vacuum pump) I also have a Mig welder, so I will pressure test the system with Argon at 150psi after confirming it is vacuum tight. Overkill? Possibly, Am I enjoying the work, yes.