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Make: FORD
$439.99

1966 Thunderbird

Rotary Compressor Upgrade Kit

(w/o Filter-Drier)

 

WHAT IS A COMPRESSOR CONVERSION/UPGRADE KIT?

 

A kit designed to replace the stock York, Smooth York or Finned York compressor assembly with a rotary compressor.

 

WHY UPGRADE?

  • Save Horsepower. Rotary compressors draw less than half the horsepower of stock A6 compressor.

     
  • Stop Annoying Shaft Seal Leaks. The original York & Tecumseh compressors have a strong tendency to leak at the shaft seal if the air-conditioning is not used on a regular basis; sometimes in as little as two weeks of non-use! This will not be a problem with the Sanden-style rotary compressor.

  • Increase Fuel Economy. Less horsepower draw means better gas-mileage.

  • Running engine at high RPM? Sanden-style rotary compressors can handle 6,000 continuous RPM!

  • A great start to converting to 134a. The hoses in the kit are compatible with both R12 & 134a, include 134a charge ports and the compressor comes pre-charged with oil that is compatible with 134a. All that's left is to change the liquid hose and either change your filter-drier or have the original rebuilt. We have the liquid hose available in our eBay store. We can also rebuild your filter-drier.

  • Less than rebuilding or replacing your original stock parts.

WHAT DO I GET WITH THIS KIT?

  • Sanden-style compressor & clutch assembly with 2-groove pulley.

  • Adapter Bracket (to attach to your original bracket. All of the car's original brackets, pulleys and idlers are re-used)

  • Pre-made Discharge Hose. No cutting or crimping required!

  • Pre-made Suction Hose. No cutting or crimping required!

  • O-Rings & Oil Tube

  • Hardware.

  • 1-Year Compressor Warranty.

CAN I INSTALL THESE PARTS MYSELF?

 

We've done the hard parts so you don't have to! The average hobbyist can install without difficulty. No other specialized tools or knowledge is required for installation of parts. Simply install and bring to your certified technician to charge!

 

See our other listings for hundreds of other heating & air-conditioning parts for your classic!

1966 Thunderbird

Rotary Compressor Upgrade Kit

(w/o Filter-Drier)

 

WHAT IS A COMPRESSOR CONVERSION/UPGRADE KIT?

 

A kit designed to replace the stock York, Smooth York or Finned York compressor assembly with a rotary compressor.

 

WHY UPGRADE?

  • Save Horsepower. Rotary compressors draw less than half the horsepower of stock A6 compressor.

     
  • Stop Annoying Shaft Seal Leaks. The original York & Tecumseh compressors have a strong tendency to leak at the shaft seal if the air-conditioning is not used on a regular basis; sometimes in as little as two weeks of non-use! This will not be a problem with the Sanden-style rotary compressor.

  • Increase Fuel Economy. Less horsepower draw means better gas-mileage.

  • Running engine at high RPM? Sanden-style rotary compressors can handle 6,000 continuous RPM!

  • A great start to converting to 134a. The hoses in the kit are compatible with both R12 & 134a, include 134a charge ports and the compressor comes pre-charged with oil that is compatible with 134a. All that's left is to change the liquid hose and either change your filter-drier or have the original rebuilt. We have the liquid hose available in our eBay store. We can also rebuild your filter-drier.

  • Less than rebuilding or replacing your original stock parts.

WHAT DO I GET WITH THIS KIT?

  • Sanden-style compressor & clutch assembly with 2-groove pulley.

  • Adapter Bracket (to attach to your original bracket. All of the car's original brackets, pulleys and idlers are re-used)

  • Pre-made Discharge Hose. No cutting or crimping required!

  • Pre-made Suction Hose. No cutting or crimping required!

  • O-Rings & Oil Tube

  • Hardware.

  • 1-Year Compressor Warranty.

CAN I INSTALL THESE PARTS MYSELF?

 

We've done the hard parts so you don't have to! The average hobbyist can install without difficulty. No other specialized tools or knowledge is required for installation of parts. Simply install and bring to your certified technician to charge!

 

See our other listings for hundreds of other heating & air-conditioning parts for your classic!

CONVERTING MY FORD TO 134a

Until 1995, most cars with air conditioning used R-12 Freon refrigerant that is said to have a negative side effect of damaging the ozone layer and is no longer produced in most countries. since then, the industry standard has been R134a, which is an efficient replacement.  Contrary to popular belief, most cars originally equipped with R-12 can be converted to 134a and still keep you just as cool.

Systems w/o Suction Valve
Minimum Requirements

  • Change or restore the filter-drier.
  • Drain the compressor oil and recharge with 134a compatible oil. (PAG or Ester Oil)
  • Insure that the system is clean and free of contaminants (Depending on component condition, this may be a simple matter of blowing out with compressed air or liquid flushing with an air-conditioning flushing agent)
  • Replace or restore all rubber hoses with barrier hose.
  • Install 134a charge port adapters.
  • Charge with 134a between 70-80% of the original R12 charge amount.
  • Replace any o-rings with 134a compatible.

HELPFUL HINTS

  • Ignore the sight-glass. A properly charged 134a system will likely show bubbles in the sight-glass.
  • Typical 134a charge rate will be approximately 70-80% of the factory R12 charge amount.

Systems w/POA Valve
(aka Suction Throttling Valve & By-Pass Valve)
The POA Valve is installed on the evaporator, near the firewall. (Click here for a typical photo)

Minimum Requirements

  • Change or restore the filter-drier.
  • Drain the compressor oil and recharge with 134a compatible oil. (PAG or Ester Oil)
  • Insure that the system is clean and free of contaminants (Depending on component condition, this may be a simple matter of blowing out with compressed air or liquid flushing with an air-conditioning flushing agent)
  • Replace or restore all rubber hoses with barrier hose.
  • Install 134a charge port adapters.
  • Send POA Valve in to be calibrated.
  • Charge with 134a between 70-80% of the original R12 charge amount.
  • Replace any o-rings with 134a compatible.

HELPFUL HINTS

  • Ignore the sight-glass. A properly charged 134a system will likely show bubbles in the sight-glass.
  • Typical 134a charge rate will be approximately 70-80% of the factory R12 charge amount.

Systems w/Accumulator
The accumulator is most often installed on the evaporator, near the firewall, but occasionally found in the middle of the suction hose between the evaporator and the compressor. 
(Click here for a typical photo)

Minimum Requirements

  • Change or restore the accumulator.
  • Drain the compressor oil and recharge with 134a compatible oil. (PAG or Ester Oil)
  • Insure that the system is clean and free of contaminants (Depending on component condition, this may be a simple matter of blowing out with compressed air or liquid flushing with an air-conditioning flushing agent)
  • Replace or restore all rubber hoses with barrier hose.
  • Install 134a charge port adapters.
  • Charge with 134a between 70-80% of the original R12 charge amount.
  • Replace any o-rings with 134a compatible.

HELPFUL HINTS

  • Ignore the sight-glass. A properly charged 134a system will likely show bubbles in the sight-glass.
  • Typical 134a charge rate will be approximately 70-80% of the factory R12 charge amount.
Products specifications
Model THUNDERBIRD
Years 66
Category UPGRADE KITS
Category COMPRESSORS & PARTS
Category COMPRESSOR MOUNTING
Category HOSES, FITTINGS & LINES
Category FILTER-DRIERS & ACCUMULATORS
Manufacturer FORD
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