92 Accord Help needed with AC problem

R-12 system - no cooling left anymore for over a year. Local mechanic estimates over a grand to "rebuild and seal" faulty components.
WTF!, this is a 1972 that runs great, except for the AC, and I'm
temporarily unemployed, and don't have that kind of money to invest!
I'm OK with tuneups and brakes , but unfamiliar with air conditioning. Can anyone help, please.
Thanks, for any suggestions. Pat
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That sounds like a "reasonable" price.

If A/C systems aren't used regularly the seals dry out and leaks develop, allowing the refrigerant to escape. Compressors sieze and need to be replaced.
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The days of cheap A/C repairs are past, I'm afraid. Regulations covering refrigerants have put an end to them. Here in the US (and other places that signed the Montreal treaty I expect) it is illegal to fill a leaky system.
I drove in Phoenix for years without A/C, including the day the temperature hit 122F (50C). It can be done but be sure to keep water handy.
Mike
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Michael Pardee wrote:

ah, the old 4/80 a/c solution!!
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