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Discussion in 'The Big Chill' started by buicfrank, Dec 8, 2017.

  1. buicfrank

    buicfrank Well-Known Member

    Can a 1972 skylark 350 ac unit work in a 68 skylark 455 no ac? Frank
     
  2. musclecarz

    musclecarz Well-Known Member

    No factory ac from any yr will bolt into a factory non ac car. Guys have done the conversion before but its not easy. For one the firewall is different
     
  3. buicfrank

    buicfrank Well-Known Member

    Thank you.
     
  4. steve covington

    steve covington Well-Known Member

    However, you can use the factory brackets to install an aftermarket style a/c system; nobody makes correct brackets in the aftermarket, to my knowledge.
     
  5. steve covington

    steve covington Well-Known Member

    Come to think of it, You would need brackets from a later car: Sixties & early seventies cars used the long axial style compressor; later cars used radial compressors. HMMM. Most later cars with the Buick 231 engine had an aluminum casting to mount the A/C compressor and alternator.
    Anybody know if any late 70's Buick engine cars used the short radial compressor?
     
  6. newmexguy

    newmexguy Well-Known Member

    Believe the radial compressor went into widespread use for the '81 model year.
     
  7. Brad Conley

    Brad Conley Super Moderator Staff Member

    I know positively that a 1975 Skyhawk used the radial compressor. I had one.
     
  8. steve covington

    steve covington Well-Known Member

    Brad, Do you remember if it had an aluminum casting common to A/C and Alternator and A/C, or if it had steel components?
     
  9. Brad Conley

    Brad Conley Super Moderator Staff Member

    Steve, it's been over 35 years since I had that car...I'm just not sure anymore and my current 'Hawk doesn't have AC. I'm thinking they were steel but not positive.
     

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