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    The original AC units for the series 1 cars, were they installed by the factory or the dealers?
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    Chris
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    Mine was an ARA unit installed by the dealer. Big, honkin' York compressor mounted on a frame that surrounded the fuel pump. Altho the A/C is no longer installed, I've kept the console switch and the evaporator unit that mounted on the heater box in case I decide to put A/C back in the car.

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    All of the a/c units were dealer installed. The factory supported unit was made by Frigiking but ARA made one also that many people had installed.
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    ARA unit installed by a Chevrolet dealer shortly after I sought the Z new in '71.
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    I also had York compressor. Did you just cut and plug the dryer and compressor hose. The hoses are a bear to get off.
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    There was a factory-installed unit available for JDM (and other non-US countries? Anyone know?) which was made by Hitachi which can be retrofitted to US cars, although I've personally never seen it done.

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    No factory air existed prior to the 260Z as far as I know.
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    Factory air was available in the 1969-73 RHD Z-L models as an option, but i've only ever seen 2 installations, so it must not have been a very common option. I'd imagine it'd be straightforward to fit it to an export 240Z, if you could find the parts.

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