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The Classic Cadillac Forum Discussion, Does a 1962 Series 62 AC use gas? in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Hello I have inherited a beautiful 1962 Series 62 from my father and am shipping it to my home in ...
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    grahammoles is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Does a 1962 Series 62 AC use gas?

    Hello I have inherited a beautiful 1962 Series 62 from my father and am shipping it to my home in Australia. The importers request that the ac be de-gased for transit but I am unsure if the ac system uses gas? I am not that familier with the car and its not in my presence so any help would be great!! Thanks in advance

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    Re: Does a 1962 Series 62 AC use gas?

    Check if your car has the A/C option. If not, you donīt have to do anything.

    If so, you will have to empty the gas in the carīs A/C system. Any mechanic can do it in 10 minutes. In 1962 these cars (as most A/C equipped ones) used R-12 gas in their A/C system. If the car keeps now this kind of gas, it would be a pity losing it, because itīs very difficult finding it nowadays (Itīs illegal in most countries). If you recharge it with R-134 (the gas commonly used today), it wonīt work the same without adaptations.

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    Re: Does a 1962 Series 62 AC use gas?

    Not "GAS" like gasoline but refrigerant gas! Yes it should have R12 in it now. If its required by the shipper, then do it. If its only a suggestion, then say no. R12 is outlawed in many countries so ask around locally if R12 is available where you are at.

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    Re: Does a 1962 Series 62 AC use gas?

    ...And if de-gasing is compulsory, donīt forget to unplug the compressor clutch wire to avoid it works with no gas, what would damage compressor seriously!

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    Re: Does a 1962 Series 62 AC use gas?

    The refrigerant is frequently referred to as "gas" as said elsewhere in this thread.
    The '62 uses R12 refrigerant. You can use R134 with some minor adjustments to the system. I did it to my two hearses, no problems.
    Definitely have the system discharged before shipping and unplug the compressor.

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    Re: Does a 1962 Series 62 AC use gas?

    Graham Moles,

    Yes, the Australian Government specifically bans the import of Freon or R12 refrigerant gas. However, you need to have the car de-gassed by a licensed refrigerant technician and have him sign a document to state that the gas has been removed from the car's system. Make sure that this document is easy for the Customs and AQIS inspectors in Australia to find when it arrives here. Also make copies of it and have a spare one in the glove box and have one mailed to you in case the others are misplaced. There are no problems with regassing with R134 in Australia, but a few parts will have to be changed. The AC system will work just fine if it's all done by a qualified AC technician here.

    Regards from Down Under.

    aussiejohn

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