My 1986 J20 needs an A/C compressor, or least the clutch needs replaced and I do not know the condition of the compressor.
The plan is to replace the entire compressor.
My '86 360 is equipped with a York style compressor.
I understand that the '89 and up Sanden compressors are more efficient and take less power to operate.
I have an AMC V8 Sanden compressor mount, however, I have lost most if not all of the hardware.
I could take steel rod and thread the ends to make my own mounting hardware.
There is no question, that I will be taking my rig to a A/C shop to get the system looked over, repaired, converted and filled with R134a.
I could just replace the York compressor and let the shop to the rest and be done with it.
From what I remember there were goofy adapters from the old school A/C lines to the fittings on the Sanden compressor.
I have an excellent hydraulic hose shop in town and could get new line made with the proper fittings.
My question to the group, is replacing the York with a Sanden worth the effort?
Will the Sanden compressor cool any better than the York?
The AMC 360 gets crappy gas mileage as it is, but would a Sanden compressor ease that any?
My goal is next year to take my J20 on some long distance trips, maybe even do the HotRod PowerTour.
From what I have seen online, the folks on the HotRod PowerTour this year that did not have A/C were really uncomfortable.