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Old 07-04-2008, 01:52 PM   #1
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Condenser/Oil cooler combo ? Dash air

Hello:

Deb, the dogs and I are shoving off in the 88 325 for Denver in 6 weeks. I have no dash air and wanted to replace the condenser/oil cooler combo, and install a new compressor..... maybe new lines. I plan to use r134, so will I need a different orifice tube?

Looking online for a p30 chevy van condenser only turns up units that have no oil cooler. Thinking about splitting the two only yields search results for transmission coolers.

Can anyone help with a parts source? Has anyone split the two into separate units and if so, what did you use?

I really want to get this working before I bake in the Kansas sun.

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Old 07-04-2008, 04:13 PM   #2
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Are you talking about an oil cooler for the air conditioner?
As far as using R134a, you should put a different orifice tube in it, it works under a different pressure.
The engine oil cooler, if that is what you are talking about, goes on the opposite end of the radiator from the transmission oil cooler. You can get an aftermarket engine oil cooler, and mount it in front of all the other stuff by the radiator. Check performance 4x4 sites, they may have something you can use.
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Old 07-04-2008, 05:42 PM   #3
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As I recall, and it's been 10 months after putting in a replacement radiator, my AC condenser has an engine oil cooler built into the bottom 25% of it with two lines running over to the oil filter. I had first planned to leave the condenser off since the dash air was inoperative, and almost started the big rig without remembering the I had not connected the hoses back up for the cooler. Could have been a disaster and an EPA emergency. That's when I realized I had a dual system and had to put that crappy condenser back on just for the oil cooler.

I'm going to call Auto Air in OKC Monday to see if they can help.

Thanks for your help,


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Kevin, here's a link to engine oil coolers:
Perma-Cool Engine Oil Coolers - JEGS
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Old 07-04-2008, 06:35 PM   #5
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Terry:

Very good! I will most likely have to separate the two which is the preferred method. I'd like to hold out for a unit that have a screw on hose rather than a hose clamp connection. I would bet a good radiator shop could solder on a threaded hose fitting to match the original.
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