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Thread: Need help on A/C with LS1 E36 swap

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    in for an update on where to find this also
    The hard part is that the pressure sensor needs a "special" port, which I have only found at Docs Blocks, it is their part number AC0146. http://docsblocks.com/search_results...earch&iLevel=1

    Quote Originally Posted by GG Allin View Post
    Old link is dead. Anyone know where this fitting can be sourced?

    - - - Updated - - -

    Or better yet. How have the recent E36/LSx swaps been getting their A/C working?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rao View Post
    The hard part is that the pressure sensor needs a "special" port, which I have only found at Docs Blocks, it is their part number AC0146. http://docsblocks.com/search_results...earch&iLevel=1
    Quote Originally Posted by cooler breeze View Post
    in for an update on where to find this also
    Anyone got a source for the AC0146 port?

    Docs Blocks is no longer around and I can't find AC0146 on ColdHose.com.

    Tipsy

    EDIT: Maybe this is the same?
    Last edited by TipsyMcStagger; 07-15-2017 at 10:54 AM.

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    Great! Thanks for the info!

    I'm going to cross-post your reply to LS1Tech for the sake of those who don't visit this forum.

    Tipsy

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    Below is a picture of the stock LS1 F-Body compressor lines. You can see that in the F-Body, the lines are routed toward the front of the car.

    For those who have functioning LSx/E36 A/C, did you have to come forward like this in the E36? I'm wondering if I should buy a used set of OE F-Body A/C lines to combine with the stock E36 lines?

    Or will there be adequate space to use an adapter fitting like the one pictured below from Hawks Motor Sports with lines coming off the back of the compressor (not routed forward)?

    Tipsy




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    I am hoping to get AC working later this summer. It's wonderful that Schitzo and Tipsy found updated sources for the required fittings.

    This post is mostly just to give an updated link to the adapter for the LS1 compressor from Hawks Motorsports: https://www.hawksmotorsports.com/lsx...fitting-black/ There are others for other LSx applications, as well.

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    Last edited by motorV8ed; 04-20-2019 at 09:05 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by motorV8ed View Post
    I am hoping to get AC working later this summer. It's wonderful that Schitzo and Tipsy found updated sources for the required fittings.

    This post is mostly just to give an updated link to the adapter for the LS1 compressor from Hawks Motorsports: https://www.hawksmotorsports.com/lsx...fitting-black/ There are others for other LSx applications, as well.

    IMG_6917__05284.1524841639.1280.1280.JPG
    I decided to use the Holley 20-160 SD7 kit.

    The Sanden SD7 is considerably smaller than the GM compressor and the Holley bracket keeps it pretty tight to the block.

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    Thanks for that info. I spent a lot of time yesterday (while on a trip) looking at that one and some of the other solutions out there. That one does look pretty sweet.
    Diving in at the shallow end!

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    Also highly recommend a Sanden kit

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    I made a bracket that puts a "standard" OEM-style compressor (with direct mounts) into a block-hugging configuration. This is still in progress, and there turned out to be some unfortunate details with my choice of compressor that I am still working out. The gory details may be found here: https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/s...9#post30259769

    I am showing just a few pics here; please go to my linked build thread for all info.
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    Diving in at the shallow end!

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