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v8 archie kits with a/c question by bw03
Started on: 10-12-2013 06:21 PM
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Report this Post10-12-2013 06:21 PM Click Here to See the Profile for bw03Send a Private Message to bw03Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Does anyone have any pics of all the brackets that come with the v8 archie kit for mounting the air conditioning compressor? Is all the brackets with the kit used since the kit supposedly works for all kinds if a/c units?
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Report this Post10-13-2013 07:36 PM Click Here to See the Profile for fieroguruSend a Private Message to fieroguruEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
There are 2 methods of mounting the AC.
The front engine mount has 2 mounting ears on the side (right side in pic) and the A/C compressor bolts directly to those ears on some installs.



There is also a supplied additional bracket like this. This is used when you need to shim the A/C compressor further to the front or if you need to shift it up or down (but you have to cut the ears off the engine bracket to use the bolt on bracket). Here is a picture of the Archie engine mount (A/C mount ears removed) and the bolt on A/C mount:



For my personal SBC swaps, I used the 4cyl A/C compressors and didn't need to use the additional bolt on bracket. On the last 2 customer cars, they used the V6 A/C compressors and had to use the additional bracket. So I suspect the bolt on bracket is for the V6 compressors and the 4 cyl compressors bolt directly to the Archie engine bracket.

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Report this Post10-14-2013 08:08 PM Click Here to See the Profile for bw03Send a Private Message to bw03Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Thanks for the info.
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Report this Post10-23-2013 12:01 AM Click Here to See the Profile for bw03Send a Private Message to bw03Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
One more question. Are there any brackets used at the back of the compressor or is the two bolts up front good enough to hold the compressor on?
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Report this Post10-23-2013 06:34 AM Click Here to See the Profile for fieroguruSend a Private Message to fieroguruEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
No rear support brackets come with the kit, but I fab up some on most of my installs. Here is a picture of the most recent one:

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As far as I remember I used my V6 compressor with the direct bolt to bracket and no shims. Worked for over 10yrs now. But it is a poor design as the belt barely touches the A/C pulley and belt usually slips when it gets wet no matter how tight I get it.

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Report this Post10-23-2013 11:34 AM Click Here to See the Profile for lou_diasClick Here to Email lou_diasSend a Private Message to lou_diasEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Compressors are fairly generic. Doesn't matter if it came off of a 4, 6 or 8 cylinder engine. They interchange between engines. It's all about the mounting and connections...
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