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Unread 05-23-2010, 11:15 AM   #1
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1985 AMC Jeep CJ-7 Laredo

I just found a very nice one round here for sale. Auto, air, PS, PB, tilt, cruise, etc...

My question is how well does the air work in these in good condition? This will be my DD and there are going to be times where I need/want good air.

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Unread 05-23-2010, 11:52 AM   #2
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Nope the only way to get real air conditioning is topless, sorry.
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Unread 05-23-2010, 02:27 PM   #3
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If the air is in good condition, it works well, if not, it doesn't. Funny how things work like that...
top down + air conditioning = horribly inefficient, but very nice.
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Unread 05-23-2010, 02:32 PM   #4
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a lot of people dont like air in a jeep. they think going topless is better, but in the afternoon rainstorms with the humity, air is good. I would not have any vehicle with out air. I,m thinking of putting air on my 46
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Unread 05-23-2010, 02:33 PM   #5
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Yeah there are times for my job that going in like I was just in a windstorm doesnt really work out. I had a friend that had an old Jeep and I remember the heat didnt put out much air, or move much air I guess. Thats why I asked.

And im not too sissy to not have air either. I havent owned a vehicle with air 5-7 years. I did, however, move to Florida last year..... and it can be brutal at times.
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Unread 05-23-2010, 02:45 PM   #6
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I've heard good things about Nostalgic Air kits for CJs...

Jeep CJ AC Kit Amc 304 & 360 V-8

I too am a fan of A/C and will put it in when I get to that stage in my rebuild!
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Unread 05-23-2010, 04:42 PM   #7
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I have an '86 with factory air (befor I removed it) that I daily drove for a couple years. The air was "BF" air or B*ll Frosting.
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Unread 05-23-2010, 05:57 PM   #8
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Grrrr! Turns out the Jeep I was gunna look at was a scam. But this is info I will need either way.
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Unread 05-24-2010, 12:18 PM   #9
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As someone who used to scoff at Jeeps with A/C, I bought one that had A/C on it, and liked it so much that I bought a system to put in my original Jeep. I run with top/ doors off when it's warm, but you get a good rainstorm around here the humidity will steam you into submission. I rarely use the A/C but it's nice to have when I need it. The original Jeep the HT stays on all the time so I got an A/C system to put on that one too.
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Unread 05-27-2010, 08:58 PM   #10
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Yeah, whatever I get will have air. Its just too hot ALL the time down here not to have it. I would guess that most of the time I will be top down. What sucks is I dont have a garage, and I dont want strays living and pissing in it at night time. I cant imagine the top is that easy to get up and down that I would be willing to do it everyday.
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Unread 05-27-2010, 09:26 PM   #11
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How does one go about using R134 refrigerant on a system that was designed for R12 refrigerant that you cannot get anymore? I had this problem years ago on my 89' Ford Taurus SHO and had to buy a special dryer and accumulator and seals so I could use the mineral oil of a R134 system. Don't forget that the CJ uses R12 and modifications must be made in order to run modern R134.
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Unread 05-27-2010, 09:40 PM   #12
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How does one go about using R134 refrigerant on a system that was designed for R12 refrigerant that you cannot get anymore? I had this problem years ago on my 89' Ford Taurus SHO and had to buy a special dryer and accumulator and seals so I could use the mineral oil of a R134 system. Don't forget that the CJ uses R12 and modifications must be made in order to run modern R134.
I am curious about converting from R12 to R134. The '86 I picked up a couple of weeks ago has factory air. Time permitting I want to try and make the system functional. Everything is there, just need to figure out what it will take to get it going again.
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Unread 05-27-2010, 09:51 PM   #13
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when I got my green Jeep, it had A/C minus the condenser. I got a used condenser off of ebay, installed it, vacuumed the system down, put R134 fittings on the sanden compressor, and charged it with R134 (using a set of R134 gauges). It's worked great since around 2003. The CJ systems had flanged fittings so there are no orings to deteriorate, and while I've heard that the "black death" is possible doing what I did, my system had been open for no telling how long given that the condensor was gone and the hoses from compressor to condensor were missing, so I figured I had nothing to lose. Worked for me. Do it at your own risk.
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Unread 05-27-2010, 10:04 PM   #14
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AC is a must for me...on the way to work as i have to wear business type cloths and my CJ is my daily driver. on the way home weather permitting, top down.

My Factory AC was drained and flushed before i got it, so i picked up an off the shelf retro fit kit and only used the LOW pressure connector (the high does not fit as the connectors are on the pump) Filled it with the 3 cans it came with, added 1/2 of another and it was good to go. My AC sits around 52.7 at the vents according to my meter and that is good enough for me.
The AC in that case works well and kept me cold coming home today (testing it out) with the top up and in 94 degree weather with about 70-80% humidity.
I had the thermostat to the max and the fan on #2. #1 was sufficient this morning and #3 is like a gale force wind.

So they work great IMO. Just remember they are under the dash units (or at least mine is and the PO bought it with AC new off the lot) so after you set your vents you should be good.
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Unread 05-27-2010, 11:03 PM   #15
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a system that was designed for R12 refrigerant that you cannot get anymore?
Mexico, might be a nice drive with good weather.


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