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Re: [T3] Factory air.

On 21 Feb 2001, at 16:55, PunkDork55@aol.com wrote:

> well, if it was a butcher job, how much work would have to be done to remove 
> the a/c and repair the "modified" parts?  I had a type 1 karmann ghia with 
> a/c that looked like a dealer option or factory.  on the t3, if you pull out 
> the radiator, the condenser, the hoses and lines, the under-dash unit...  
> whats left?  could you just replace the parts they put holes in?  it would 
> really depend on how the job was done.  also, how much extra work load is put 
> on the engine by having the a/c, even if its not on?  how much cooling is 
> lost?  

Sure, it can be removed. The only hard part is sealing the holes that 
were punched in the body to run the Freon lines in and out. There 
will be a bunch of mounting holes for the condensor and hoses and 
under-dash unit, but many of these can be ignored; you should seal 
any that penetrate from outside to inside.

The steel intake pulley housing should be replaced with a good one.

There is little extra work load on the engine if the A/C is off. The 
problem is that the time you will choose to turn the A/C on is when 
the heat load on the engine is also high. 

I don't know how to quantify the extra heat load on the engine, but 
Russ has already confirmed that A/C type 3s had shorter engine 
lifetimes than those without A/C.

Jim Adney, jadney@vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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