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Old 12-19-2003, 09:13 PM
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AC rebuild one step forward-two steps back.

Well getting frustrated with the progress of the AC rebuild.
installed everything in the engine compartment over the last couple of days. Went to install the compressor/manifold hose today. While installing the manifold hose onto the compressor on the work bench I discovered that the, after attaching the manifold hose, torqueing it to 50NM then lifting the compressor/hose assembly up to install it in the car that the manifold attachment point was leaking. Took it apart and looked carefully at everything. The large flat metal piece that the hoses go through is curved and I can't get a good seal.
Of course this was after Phil had called it a day at work and is now off for the weekend. I sent him a picture of the curved unit and I'm sure that they will replace it quickly. But with Xmas coming I figure it will be the week after next before I get the part.
Frustrating. I was hoping to get the car on the road by Tuesday.
Attached is the picture I sent Phil.

My kids got home this week. My daughter on Wednesday and my Son yesterday. His good friend, who has a 68 Cougar is staying for a week. His parents moved 2 months ago and don't have a shop setup. He was getting a shuttering in his car ( 68 Cougar 351 Windsor, 5 speed, 3.55 rears and a performance setup) found that his left motor mount was completely split. So we replaced the mount and now need to put in a new steering box.
My sons Mustang also needs work while he is home.

It never ends.

I'll let you know how the AC system goes. I have the dash and center consol to put in so I have something to do.

Dave
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Old 12-19-2003, 09:23 PM
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Opps forgot the picture
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1970 220D, owned 1980-1990
1980 240D, owned 1990-1992
1982 300TD, owned 1992-1993
1986 300SDL, owned 1993-2004
1999 E300, owned 1999-2003
1982 300TD, 213,880mi, owned since Nov 18, 1991- Aug 4, 2010 SOLD
1988 560SL, 100,000mi, owned since 1995
1965 Mustang Fastback Mileage Unknown(My sons)
1983 240D, 176,000mi (My daughers) owned since 2004
2007 Honda Accord EX-L I4 auto, the new daily driver
1985 300D 264,000mi Son's new daily driver.(sold)
2008 Hyundai Tiberon. Daughters new car
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Old 12-20-2003, 10:14 AM
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Dave,

You may very well already be aware of this so don't feel insulted if that is the case. I just want to make sure that you are aware that there are compressors out there with several different (at least two) seal arrangements. When the car was new, the compressors had a simple o-ring. Over the years, some of the replacement units had bigger "o-ring" grooves and took some seals that were sort of a sandwhich.

If you were to have the wrong seals for your particular compressor it could cause the manifold to bend as seen in the picture.

The manifold is the same for either, but make sure you have the correct seal to prevent the new manifold from bending.

Additionally, I have had the bolt hole messed up before such that the bolt cross threaded, resulting in incorrect positioning of the manifold and causing a leak. A trip to the hardware store for the correct tap, and that problem was fixed.

I hope this rambling will be helpful.

Good luck and Merry Christmas,
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Old 12-20-2003, 10:47 AM
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Good point Larry. I have seen this happen numerous times.
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