I am new to a 1972 Pantera which still has its original A/C setup, which has not worked for at least 25 years. The fan works well, the clutch engages when turned on and teh condenser fan turns, therefore electrically everything seems fine.
I found no freon in the system but I pulled a vacuum and it held it well. I am thinking of installing a Sanden SD-508 compressor, replacing all the hoses and dryer and see what happens. I realize that replacing the condenser, evaporator and fan motors would give me better cooling but wonder if anyone is running R134a using the original condenser and evaporator and getting acceptable results.
A few additional questions:
1. Can I use a generic Sanden to York bracket, available on ebay, or must I get a bracket from one of the Pantera vendors since it is specific to a Pantera?
2. There is a company out of Miami that sells a conversion kit which includes the compressor, dryer, pressure switch and hose ends for $172. The compressor is a knock off made in China. Does anyone have actual experience (good or bad) using one of these Sanden look-alikes?