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That looked like a real mission!
So all we have to do is nag you to fix the air-con before winter :)

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Was quite a job but I'd get it done quicker if I had to do it again, bit of a change from doing LPG stuff hehe. If I did it again I might go with my original idea for supporting the car with the subframe off which was to weld end plates to some heavy box section, the plates would then bolt to the car's subframe mounting points... some proper 'legs' rather than forklift bottles!

I do need the ac working, it doesn't have windows that wind down in the back. Iirc I explained the ac pipe situation on another thread - concentric ac pipe runs all the way from front to back and over the back axle so normally the back axle would have to come off to fit the full length pipe, mine already has a replacement style pipe, still concentric but a 3 piece rather than single piece unit which doesn't need the back end off to fit. Problem is getting hold of 3 piece parts is normally nigh on impossible... except I had a chat with a breaker the other day who has a 3 piece unit :-) But I can only buy the complete set up (3 pieces) not just the rear piece I need, and he wants £400 for it. Can't blame him as I'm sure he could easily get £400 for it. Original cost of the 3 piece in Japan was over £1k plus import costs to the UK, they don't make them anymore.

I know that instead I could run 2 pipes (flexible maybe) all the way from rear to front, cut into the metal pipes in the engine bay before the front end of the concentric section, somehow connect flexible pipes to the front pipes I'd cut, find a connector(s) that would mate with the rear evap, somehow connect flexible pipes to the connectors at the rear. The problems are what type of flexi pipe to use (is compatible with ac gas and lube) and all the 'somehows'... How to connect flexi pipe to open ended aluminium pipes. Open to suggestions! I'm thinking crimped joints on the end of flexi pipe with compression fittings on the crimped joints that will join to the alumininium pipes...

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Today I visited the Elgrand scappers TojoMotors (Steve and Paul) in Beverley Yorkshire, bought the split section AC pipe and got a rear evaporator (complete rear heater box even) chucked in for total price of £380 :-I . Even though I knew I could pick up the split section pipe I still had concerns about getting the AC working again because when I removed the rear AC pipe from my rear evap the clamping bolt snapped as it was corroded into the rear evap. I managed to drill that bolt out and retap the thread so I could fit an M6 bolt in it but I'd only managed to retap the hole in the evap fitting slightly off-centre. Swapping the rear evap will get around any concerns I might have about the new threads not being right or having to offset drill the clamp on replacement pipe I'm fitting. Will also get around concerns of crap (grit etc) having got into the rear evap or AC lines since they've been disconnected (tried to plug them but I reckon some crap still got in there and I don't want to put the AC back together only to suffer a very soon pump failure). Now I have all the bits to fix my AC properly... except a replacement drier :-) I didn't come home and immediately start fitting it (which erm I might have had in mind), after visiting Steve and Paul 'we' had a ride on to Bridlington, fish n chips and a walk around the harbour before returning home, which kept 'us' happy. I do like visiting the coast though.

Advice welcome from all especially the resident AC specialist! Especially about the drier?