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Want to convert to modern AC compressor and serpentine belt. How?

My 72 D200 came with Factory AC. However, that monster cast iron V-twin compressor just robs power. I want to install a modern, smaller cylindrical compressor. Aside from basketry, what all would I have to change out to make that happen. Also, while I am at it I want to convert to a serpentine belt to run all of my accessories. Is there a simple budget friendly junk yard solution to this dilemma? If so, how trustworthy is said solution? I strongly prefer using OE parts in builds like this.

Power plant is a 2bbl 318 with a 727.

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Have you checked with your local parts dealer (autozone, O'reilly, ect) back when R12 became restricted most autoparts stores carried complete conversions. Compressor, Evaproator coil, and Condensor coils. you should change the complete system because R12 was easier to change from a liquid to a gas and only required one nozzel or orfice. R134 needs smaller and more orfices to change to a gas. So just change the whole system and things will work better.

You can just change the compressor, you will need to get the correct hoses or change your hose end fittings, it will work just not as good, and R134 tends to leak out more often.

You can look around at newer 5.2 and see if the compressor and brackest will fit.
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I will have to tlook into that. Thanks.
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