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So my car has a heater but no AC. I live in SoCal and really need the AC in summer. I want to keep the inside charm of the car. It currently has a heater like the one in the manual on the left side here. The factory option a/c looked like the one on the right:
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I want to buy a similar controller, preferably the factory option one. Best I have found is a very similar one for a Ford Tempo. I imagine it might work to put this in the original location but of course some of the controls are slightly different. So my question to you guys is how well do you you guys think this controller might work?
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My car has no a/c registers in the center console, but it does have fan registers to the left and right as seen and described in this picture in the manual.
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However I found that the same year models of the regular Escort had the same center dash for the a/c registers. So I bought this to swap out my current center dash that has storage cubes where the registers should have been.
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My next question is, with the registers in place and the fan registers on left/right does it seem possible that I can put in a newer a/c system, use the current left/right and new center registers as vents and this controller for a newer a/c system? I am pretty new to this so not sure how easy all this might be.
 

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crap, I just got rid of a bunch of dealer air parts, they would have been a simple install. I hope you find what you need! I don't know a hole lot about the pre 85 EXPs so I could not be of much help on the tempo panel.
 

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No worries @austin86, if you have any lead on where to maybe find the Factory installed a/c panel that would be a big help. Seems like a lot of the a/c parts are available aside from that one.
 

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your going to need a lot more than just a control head and vents... compressor, vapor line, condenser, liquid line, evaporator and expansion valve, accumulator, cycling switch, power relays.... HVAC box that accepts the evaporator (oem may work) the box will need the mix door for the evaporator... there is a lot to it
 

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@marclar I am very aware I need more than the controller and the registers... smh. No offense, kind of thought that went without saying. I am just trying to figure out getting controls into the car that will work properly with a HVAC system I will install. I just want to determine if the controller I am looking at might work with the way the registers are setup for these vehicles.
 

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@marclar and I do appreciate you looking out. Thanks a lot. I do a lot of motorcycle modification for a specific model with a bit of a cult-following and moderate a facebook group of 7.2k members so I totally get it.
 

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wish i had more info on the exp's, Unfortunately never had one. right now im doing a/c on a 2020 wrangler with 1234yf, should be covered by warranty but its a canadian vehicle and warranty cant transfer. I HATE YF.
 

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The good news is that if you find a complete early Escort with AC, it should have those parts in salvageable condition, even if the car is a rust bucket and/or smashed up.
It took me two or three years to find an early HO motor by phoning up all the out of the way small wreckers, tow yards etc. along my summer vacation road trip route.

AC isn't a problem here, I've never owned a car with it although the wife's "new" 1999 Honda has it.
It's 57 F. here this morning, with a forecast high of 70. But it's not bad in the house since I have my woodstove running.
 

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Thanks guys. I have been researching a bit more and just put in an email to Restomod Air about their corvette controller dimensions. It looks very similar in size. At the price of that controller, the a/c unit, and any other needed parts looks like using them would put me around $1.3k. Certainly not as cheap as buying all the needed salvaged parts, but I bet it is a better running, lighter, and more compact system. Anyone have experience with their products or opinions?
 

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Let be double check what I still have. I know I got rid of alot as I could never give away dealer air parts. If I have anything I'll send to you for the cost of shipping.

If I have anything it will likely be for a 85-90 escort. Not sure what all would fit a 83, but it can't hurt to try.
 

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Let be double check what I still have. I know I got rid of alot as I could never give away dealer air parts. If I have anything I'll send to you for the cost of shipping.
Wow, that would be amazing. Let me know, I will at least throw in a little extra for your time if it all makes sense to use the original parts. I am kind of leaning towards using something like the units from restomod air at the moment. I feel like the cost-savings might still be there at that price when you factor in reduction of weight, lighter, compact, just run the vent lines, etc. But still researching...
 

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Wow, that would be amazing. Let me know, I will at least throw in a little extra for your time if it all makes sense to use the original parts. I am kind of leaning towards using something like the units from restomod air at the moment. I feel like the cost-savings might still be there at that price when you factor in reduction of weight, lighter, compact, just run the vent lines, etc. But still researching...
Stock air on my 88 was not the lightest but not the harvest ac system I seen.maybe 50lb. I know I don't have any condensers, I may still have a AC compressor or too. I don't think I have any lines but I may have a evaporator. No controller for a 83 and the 85+ models were different. I don't think I have any lines or fittings ether. Not clue what all works or does not.
I will try to look at storage some time early next week. Its blazing hot here right now and I have a few things I have to get done this weekend first.
If you need any other part let me know. Most of what I have left is for 85+and not much of it. but if I have something you need I'll try and find it and get it to you.
 

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@austin86 thanks. Just let me know whenever you figure it out and we can probably work something out. I am gonna hit some salvage yards this weekend to see if I can't track down an '82-83 a/c controller. Seems they are hard to come by.
 

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Let me do a little looking online to see what all 85+ parts will work too. I'll get back with you Monday or Tuesday.
 

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OK all the compressors I have have seen better days. But I'll post some photos of what got latter today (my phone is dead) I have a evaporator but I don't know if it will fit an 83, but the photos online look the same.
 

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No worries. I found a company that I can send my controller to and they will setup all the cable lines on it. Then they sell an evaporator to fit in dash, the needed compressor (may need a bracket for that but lots available on eBay), and all other parts to hook into system as a package deal. Likely run a little more or less than $1k and it is a much better quality newer system than what we would have had back in the 80’s. I need to pull apart my dash to see how much room I have behind it for the evaporator however. So once I do that I will work with them on getting this all done. I appreciate your help.
 
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