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Old 05-22-2018, 04:11 PM   #1
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1981 Excella Chevy Chassis A/C Unit

Does anyone have a working dashboard A/C unit. The Chevy installed unit - not the rooftop units.

Does anyone know if it is worth trying to get it fixed or is it hopeless? Many many thanks and best, Dave
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Old 05-23-2018, 12:08 AM   #2
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If you do the work yourself they are pretty simple to get running. If you have to pay it can get spendy real quick. The problem is it is the unit from a car or pick-up and really doesn't do much in that big aluminum tube.
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When in works 100%, I never had one do much more than cool whoever is in the two front seats while driving. I got tired of recharging mine so I pulled it to save weight and get better air flow to the radiator. On a real hot days run, I run the generator and rooftop ac. Otherwise I just run the dash control on vent to keep cooler.
I also added a duct from the grill to the vent inlet to get cooler air coming in. Without it the vent just opens to the wheel well on the passenger side, so it picks up some engine heat, and any engine aromas the old motor emits.
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Dan thank you for your response - like most of us I usually do my own work and enjoy doing it ... I would think it would be hose replacement kind of stuff and then new freon. many thanks, dave
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Thank you and I suspect you are correct even new I understand it wasn't much of an A/C unit. Appreciate your insight!
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