I am going to purchase a mid 90s ranger soon that has an inline 4 and
5 speed. All of those type have no AC in my area. How and where can
I get the AC assembly? I can do the install, but I would like to know
what it might cost to get all of the bits and pieces. I understand
that it involves a compressor, evaporator, condensor, valve, hoses,
wiring, and possibly a different climate box. Also, would it be
possible to wire up the unit to turn on and off with a push botton and
No offense (and this is coming from someone who owned a vehicle with an
aftermarket A/C system and struggled to make it work properly for years),
but I would strongly advise you to overcome that love for the inline 4, 5
speed Ranger, and buy something of similar performance and vintage, for
$1000 more perhaps, with factory A/C. Unless this vehicle you are buying is
completely set up for A/C and just missing some components, you will be
looking at a long, expensive project with dubious results. Replacing the air
plenum is a bitch, even if it's just with an identical one. New pulleys may
be needed on the crankshaft and water pump to run the compressor. The fan
may be too small to support A/C and need replacement.
If and when you managed to put all the parts in place, you will still need a
pro to evacuate the system, check for leaks, charge and test it. Then the
engine management computer, probably totally oblivious to your new A/C, will
not know to bump the idle RPM, or worse, to disengage the A/C clutch when
the engine is under heavy load. The latter may be a big problem, especially
for that 4-banger. Not sure how you'd deal with that -- probably by
replacing the PCM box with one that came from an A/C-equipped Ranger, but
how will it get all those missing input and output connections? A new main
engine harness perhaps? Fun, fun...
Happy Traveler is correct. You do *NOT* want to put an A/C unit with all
the accessories in this. With all the labor and getting the parts, it
would almost be cheaper to buy a new Ford Ranger. You can get a brand
new one, bottom of the rung Ranger for $13,000 list with incentives. Of
course, you're probably talking $17,000 with what they have on the lot,
after discounts. But it will a heck of lot easier.
Or find a similar vintage truck with A/C.
On Tue, 14 Aug 2007 21:14:02 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Unless you already have a doner truck and are willing to
install used parts, the project will cost about as much as a
mid 90's Ranger with factory air installed. It is not a
worthwhile project when you can so easily buy the vehicles
already equipped for less money even if you have to go south
to buy one. Almost everything here in the SE US has factory
air. I also suspect you will not be happy with the power of
the 4cyl once the air is added for the same reasons
mentioned by Happy and Jeff.
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