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StephenSLR wrote
nassi wrote
I'm not taking sides, but you were probably quoted a reasonable price.


If he went to a restorer he was probably quoted the hourly rate, which is often more than most.

The question to ask the restore is how many of that type of system have they installed. You may get a saving if they know the car and system and can install them quickly.

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Hourly rate is actually the cheapest way to work on old cars, you can't quote them because don't always know what you are getting into till it's in pieces. So if you quote, you quote high to be sure. This particularly is true with body and paint, what looks like an ok car is often a pile of crap once the Mexican 2 pack paint job is removed. Restorers normally charge less then a new car dealer, Zupps Subaru charge $140 an hour, That is nothing like I charge. Example they charge $5500 to pull the heads after a timing belt fail. actually cost is about $3500
Most people have unrealistic ideas about what it cost to fix these old cars.

There is a Guy at Norman Park, Keith Fiddler, he used to own Autolec at Stones corner for 30+ years. He is now retired and works from home, he is an AC expert and lovely guy, He restored and won many concourse events with Jags and MGs over the years. He is your man for this AC install, he will be very sympathetic to the car.


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Shaunp wrote
you can't quote them because don't always know what you are getting into till it's in pieces.


No argument there, some just prefer to go to a specialist or someone that does them as their bread and butter, they may give a fixed price as they know how long it takes. No doubt they'll price conservatively & add a few hours for risk if it's not a regular job.

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I doubt you'll too many AC guys who have retro fitted Old Air system in a Big block 67 that has been modified, most places just repair AC not fit it these days.


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I doubt you'll too many AC guys who have retro fitted Old Air system in a Big block 67 that has been modified.


lol, no.

Not many people in this country have even have seen one.

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Ouch!! You really know how to kick a man while he's down Kerry!
On the upside, erm.... Well I'm sure there is an upside, I've just got to find it...

But say I magically became an electronic swami-guru-Jedi-fu*kmaster-extrodinaire, you still think cable operation is better?


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But say I magically became an electronic swami-guru-Jedi-fu*kmaster-extrodinaire, you still think cable operation is better?


Yes I do. Cables ran these A/C systems in Mustangs for the last 45 years at least. Why do we constantly think we can improve on that?

I modify suspensions, but that is to cope with radial tyres, something the suspensions were never designed for. Seat belt anchor points in the cant rail if not already there. The rest I leave "factory" unless something like the retro A/C systems which I still like to incorporate as much of the standard controls & outlets as possible.

Sanden type compressor, yep, improvement over the piston type (like try getting one of the piston type restored) & the rest of the kit is great as opposed to restoring the old stuff.


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ozbilt wrote
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But say I magically became an electronic swami-guru-Jedi-fu*kmaster-extrodinaire, you still think cable operation is better?


Yes I do. Cables ran these A/C systems in Mustangs for the last 45 years at least. Why do we constantly think we can improve on that?

I modify suspensions, but that is to cope with radial tyres, something the suspensions were never designed for. Seat belt anchor points in the cant rail if not already there. The rest I leave "factory" unless something like the retro A/C systems which I still like to incorporate as much of the standard controls & outlets as possible.

Sanden type compressor, yep, improvement over the piston type (like try getting one of the piston type restored) & the rest of the kit is great as opposed to restoring the old stuff.


Exactly why complicate an old car, no need. I have had a day of dum arse electric stuff on an XR6 falcon that is now obsolete. Why would you put a pressure switch on a brake master cylinder to disengage the cruise control, when you could put a switch on the brake pedal, what stupid idea. Now they are obsolete so when they start leaking fluid you are screwed, find 2nd hand one or put a bleeder in the hole and disable the cruise that works fine. Sorry for the rant but just leave them simple as you can.


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