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    Default Air Conditioner question for 77 280Z Coupe

    It's come a long way and now I am looking at the air conditioner.

    For a 77 coupe, does anyone suggest a replacement that will provide more cold air and blower? Does not have to be original - looking for an upgrade here.

    Thanks

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    The Vintage Air unit has been used with great results by several members, and Derek posted a thread on its installation.
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    I don't know much about the Vintage Air, but I can whole heartedly recommend the honda blower motor upgrade on the 240z. I did the conversion as per member posts here, and my a/c CRANKS! It used to trickle out of the vents, now it's almost like a modern unit. FWIW.

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    Can you give me details of the Honda Blower - year, model ,etc...


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    The Honda blower upgrade will benefit the 240Z and the early 260Z. The late 260Z/280Z already have what I fell is an adequate blower. Do you have factory or aftermarket/dealer installed air? I find the dealer installed ARA/Sanden compressor based system to be quite adequate producing vent temps in the mid 20s before cycling.
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    I went with a blower and fan from a 91 Civic. Had to open the hole just a little but not big problem there.

    Blows about 3 or 4 times harder that the stock 280z blower. Am very happy with this.

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    Your stock blower must have been problematic. I have a 78 with a stock fan/blower and have had no complaints in 100+ degree SoCal summers.
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    May have had to bad 280z blowers then as the Civic blower was the 3rd one I went to.

    Its possible.

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    I reacall using my hand held anemometer to measure the air speed at the center vent of my 78. It's been a couple years since I ran the test so I don't remember the exact reading but I compared it to the air speed generated by the center vent of my wife's HHR and it was comparable.
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