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Old 07-02-2021, 10:13 AM   #1
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Connecting LS A/C to Factory Air

We finally got the LS bolted into my boys 1968. Wondering if anyone has any pictures of how they connected the LS low mount compressor to the original AC system. May have to clearance my frame a little bit but Iím OK with that . Hoping to get some ideas r pictures from those that have been successful with this.
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Old 07-02-2021, 10:36 AM   #2
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Re: Connecting LS A/C to Factory Air

Don't have much time to respond...heading for vacation soon. Anyway, I did a combination of Cold Hose extension pipes...converts to o-ring fittings straight to the front (did this for high side). For low side, I took the donor hose, cut the end off and welded a #12 nut to the pipe. So, the block compressor fitting comes straight up off the compressor and a straight 0-ring barb fitting connects to the compressor fitting (I converted my factory POA system to an orifice tube system). Had to slightly clearance frame for the low side pipe to clear.

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https://coldhose.com/products/gm-5-3...35532197494944
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Old 07-03-2021, 09:58 PM   #3
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Re: Connecting LS A/C to Factory Air

If you can TIG, then it becomes pretty easy to do. If you can't, then you need to find someone who can, then its still pretty easy. You get the factory low side fitting and TIG a barb fitting on it, then you can crimp the hose on it. For the high side, if you can find a 99-07 GM SUV in the junk yard, you can snag the upper condenser line off it, and it will bolt to the high side of the compressor, but will come straight out the front so you don't need to notch the hell out of the frame. You will also have to weld a barb fitting on this than crimp on your hoses. There's pics in my build thread on LS1Tech, there's a link in my signature, the rusty one, not the blue one.
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Old 07-04-2021, 10:06 AM   #4
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Re: Connecting LS A/C to Factory Air

Thanks for the response guys. I injoyed looking through your build thread you are very talented!

I think these are the pictures you were referring to
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Old 07-04-2021, 06:44 PM   #5
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Re: Connecting LS A/C to Factory Air

Yes, but that was the first attempt, however the high side was too small. I switched it out to the Tahoe condenser fitting and it comes out the front rather than looping around the low side hose like that one did. Post #262 has pics of the new line.

Edit: Apparently my memory is slipping, but I guess I made that whole line on the green truck, but on the yellow truck thread I have pics of the Tahoe condenser fitting. Post #202 https://ls1tech.com/forums/conversio...-build-11.html
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