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#1 SLRNovice

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Posted 05 May 2024 - 01:01 PM

Hi All,
I am currently trying to search high and low for the factory LX under bonnet A/C components like compressor and lines, heater fan shroud, condenser, evaporator etc. Unfortunately all removed in a previous life :-(
My question is what parts if any of the HQ to WB parts are the same? I know the heater box is different but not sure about the rest.
Thanks for your help

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Posted 05 May 2024 - 01:52 PM

It's all different. And V8 (and UC) are different to 6cyl LH-LX.

 

The compressor is the same though and you can buy these easily as used for reco or as repro.

 

To be honest, you are probably better off fitting a full vintage air setup, and taking the time to make it work off factory holes/bolts etc. For example, fit a non-aircon heater box/fan under the bonnet but gut it, and use it to route the 2 x heater hoses and 2 x aircon lines. You could probably use the factory locations for the heater hoses. You'll lose the glovebox, but the Vintage air unit will fit up neatly in that area once the plenum air intake and other stuff is gone. Flexi ducts will take the air up to the screen and to the original air outlets, juts adapt them to the hoses. You'll be able to fit a Vintage air controller where the standard Torana controller goes. 



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Posted 05 May 2024 - 04:22 PM

Factory AC dash is also different to non AC so hopefully you still have the AC dash.



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Posted 05 May 2024 - 05:13 PM

Yel327 - thanks for the info, I thought as much that it would not be the same but at least now I know for sure. I'll stop looking at H series aircons haha.

V-SLR5000-P - luckily all the factory dash and vacuum controlled heater box still in place just the under bonnet components and heater fan assembly has been swapped out.

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Posted 05 May 2024 - 05:24 PM

Yu might find a Holden or Statesman condenser is the same or similar, but those old things are not efficient. You are better off adapting something modern and make it look original. When I get a chance I'll have a look across my Holden/Staesman parts catalogues and the Torana ones and see what is different compressor mount wise. So I don't waste time, what is yours exactly? LH, LX, LX ADR27A, 6cyl or 4.2 or 5.0? Manual or Auto?



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Posted 05 May 2024 - 10:29 PM

Yel327 that would be great and much appreciated.
It is an LX ADR27A manual 4.2.
I am hearing you regarding fitting a modern system and being more efficient. Just trying to keep it original as it is a factory fitted system.

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Posted 06 May 2024 - 06:38 AM

I'll try and look over this week and see what is common with a Holden or Statesman compressor mount wise. Pretty rare to find a manual Holden or Torana with assembly plant fitted A/C.



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Posted 06 May 2024 - 10:49 AM

It's been a while since I went through all this but I'm pretty sure the H series bracketry (mounting on passenger side) pushes the compressor too far over and it hits on the rails in a Torana. Cheers Ron


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Posted 06 May 2024 - 12:19 PM

What do you mean by H series? HT? HQ?



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Posted 06 May 2024 - 03:38 PM

Sorry. I loosely term any H* model as H series.  Realisically I was referring to the later models around HQ era.  This is one of the sort of bracketry I was looking at. Cheers Ron

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Posted 07 May 2024 - 03:13 PM

Just confirming that you do realise how ugly the standard stuff is? 

 

That may not bother you, just wanted to check, lol.



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Posted 08 May 2024 - 08:40 PM

We have a 253 lx hatch with factory air and it is horrible to work on. You have to remove the evaporator box to remove the rocker cover. It works well but is a real compromise on practicality. If you really want air I would go with yel327’s suggestion.



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Posted 09 May 2024 - 06:49 AM

Sorry. I loosely term any H* model as H series.  Realisically I was referring to the later models around HQ era.  This is one of the sort of bracketry I was looking at. Cheers Ron

 

The reason I said it is HT-HG are different to HQ-WB. And HD-HR don't have A/C.

 

Still haven't had time to delve into the common parts, will get to it.



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Posted 11 May 2024 - 10:54 PM

I have a compressor in Sydney



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Posted 12 May 2024 - 08:11 AM

Hi Mac - thanks for the info and I agree with all the comments, factory fitted doesn't look great in the engine bay and makes it less practical to work.
It's only because its factory fitted I would like to try and source the parts to return to original. Dreams are free who and knows might mange to find them.

Yel237 - thanks again for looking when you find time much appreciated.

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Posted 15 May 2024 - 06:03 PM

I have a complete setup in a uc I will sell



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Posted 17 May 2024 - 11:51 PM

Stealthxu1 I will send you a private msg.
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Posted 20 May 2024 - 08:12 PM

Apart from the compressor there is nothing from a H series aircon used in Torana . See how you go but I’ve got some Torana V8 aircon bits , mine is now up and running so I doubt I’ll ever use all the spares I picked up over the years




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