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A/C or Onboard Air System...

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Corey-88K5, May 8, 2000.

  1. Corey-88K5

    Corey-88K5 1/2 ton status

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    Stupid question huh? Well my delima is this, it gets down right friggin hot here in NC, 2 years ago we had about a week of 130deg, last year a few times it hit 120, and I'm sure we will get more of the same. I'm planning on getting a bike here soon so that would help a little, but should I spend the money on onboard air or fix and convert the a/c system...

    Ya, I'm sure I"m asking the wrong crowd...

    Corey
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  2. White Knight

    White Knight 1/2 ton status

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    Corey, the White Knight here...how hot? cr#p I live in Texas and I've never seen it<font color=red> 130 degrees</font color=red> here, hey I'll put it to you this way A/C will keep you cool and comfortable while you're waiting for someone to air up the tire you just popped off the rim, or you can air up said tire and be on your way in less than 5min!!!

    May the dirt rise to meet you and the wind be at your back always[​IMG]

    <font color=blue> White Knight</font color=blue>[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  3. 130 degrees? Is that with or without the windchill factor?

    '84 K5

    Chevy in my blood.
     
  4. Thumper

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    How well does that A/C work with the top off anyways?
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    Mike


    <font color=blue>Thumper
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  5. BIGJ

    BIGJ 1/2 ton status Author

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    I definitely feel your pain. I am in the same boat. Fix the A/C or convert it. Well, after two too many hot summers and sweating my A$$ off driving I have decided to break down and fix the A/C. But, the ONLY reason I am doing it is b/c it is my daily driver. White Knight had the right idea. Stay cool and let someone else sweat it out. Just remember, it's not the heat it's the humidity (yeah right!!).

    BIGJ
     
  6. 88Jimmy

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    Why not do both!!
    Mount a york on your fender well and use a double pulley on your alt. and put the fan belt on when you need it.
    I think there is someing on it on the pirate site.

    350 Vortec TPI D60 14Bolt 4.56 4"lift 35 BFG A/T
     
  7. coopertwpk

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    why not get a 12v air system and hook up your air thats what im doing,I just finished my air and used r134 and it works great so far its been about 90 hear in Ca.
     
  8. BlueKnight

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    I do not have A/C but will be getting it. I do have thought on board air. works great 115 psi. runs my air ratchets to.

    <font color=purple>79' K-5 396cid 600hp, TH350, NP203</font color=purple>
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  9. '73 K5

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    When I was in high school I had a '79 Blazer with a semi-intact A/C. I could either spend $250 and fix it, or spend the same money on headers and exhaust. Even though summers are hot here and it was my daily driver, I did the exhaust and never had any regrets.
    Personally I hate driving my K5 with the windows up. I love the sound of the exhaust. Go for the onboard air.

    '73 K5
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  10. Burt4x4

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    Comon MEN.. get the onboard air and forget the AC you don't need it!! Embrace the heat slam some cold ones!! Take your top off air down go wheelin then air up!! bota bing bota bomb!![​IMG]
    YeeehAaaaaa, justa good ole boys, never meanin no harm.......
    Sorry too much coffe at the office today[​IMG].......

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  11. snidgen

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    a/c robs power. junk it.

    Peace,love,and 4wd is all you need
     
  12. Executioner

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    Wow the accuracy of this post is truly amassing!
    Sounds like the bench racing is getting thick, but
    that ok . Everyone like to tell the story there way !
     
  13. coopertwpk

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    Heres something you might think about I live in the desert and the dust gets really bad following people,just a plus for A/C.
     
  14. Blazer79

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    Suppose you don't have any of them, my guess is you'll wish for the A/C more often than you'll wish the air kit.

    <font color=black>//////
    What the heck!...Drive it like gas is $0.50/gal!!!
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  15. BurbinOR

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    Another vote for BOTH - get the AC running and put in a different type of air compressor system. I lived in Arizona for 8 years, most of them WITHOUT AC and will never go without again.

    '79 - 406 w/IROC TPI - K5#5 - a <font color=orange>sickness[​IMG] <font color=blue>you never get enough of!! [​IMG]
     
  16. Corey-88K5

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    Here is a little update, I just bought a motorcycle today. I guess now that I have another vehicle, it doesn't matter as much. I can now change the compressor over to a pump, the heat still suck. Plus not all women want to ride on a bike... But I wouldn't take them out anyway... :-)

    Corey
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  17. blazer72

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    I must say that I have run the A/C with the top down! I did put the windows up! With the hardtop on it is like an ice cube inside. Not that cold with the soft top. As for a loss of power geeeee lets seee !! I have 550 plus HP and some were like 480 or 490 pounds of tork and with the air on I get the same MPG so !!! With a front end thats like a wall I just lose that 17 or so HP it takes to turn the A/C, 17 of 550 is what 3.09% Big loss!!!!
     

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