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New W123 280E owner from Melb

Post by MaXim » Fri 26 Aug, 2016 10:49 am

Hi all,

I just bought a Light Ivory 1983 280E with 399k on the clock. Runs well and I'm just getting it ready for club rego! I've always been into Japanese cars (especially Toyota MR2) but became fascinated with w116/w123/w124s recently. A good deal came up and I am now the owner of a w123.
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Overall good condition but could do with some body work / paint treatment. Basically I want to do a light restoration as I'm almost done restoring my 1995 MR2 Turbo and need another challenge!

By the way, I'm looking into getting the AC up and running again. The original York compressor has been replaced with a Denso type from w126 280SE by the previous owner. I have found that the w123 piping does not fit this compressor Do you think it's worth keeping this compressor and finding pipes from a 126? What is the most cost effective option for getting my AC working again?
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Re: New W123 280E owner from Melb

Post by AMG » Fri 26 Aug, 2016 1:11 pm

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Welcome! Loads of 123's here. Hope you find it worthwhile.
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Re: New W123 280E owner from Melb

Post by Pete49 » Fri 26 Aug, 2016 2:48 pm

Whilst I haven't yet changed out the York unit a friend of mine has and the pipe fittings are different and he needed them to be replaced. So the local A/C guy got the job. Mine is on hold for now due to the cost (pension won't stretch that for at the moment) but still want to do it as I think the York pulls a bit of power from the motor. I notice the difference when driving my 300TD with the rotary(?) unit compared to the wife's 300D with the York.
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Re: New W123 280E owner from Melb

Post by markb » Fri 26 Aug, 2016 11:42 pm

Welcome MaXim,

I'm told by other Forum members that the York compressor I have in my 123 coupe is capable of 2 degrees chilling, whereas I think it is a very noisy, energy-sucking, piston-run, beast but typical of the 1980's.
I was going to update mine to a newer Denso system (from a W203 compressor from memory, that cost me $1 on fleabay) however the reliability of the York is unquestionable, so whilst it keeps on going, (and another Forum member was happy to buy the newer one for a lot more) and I didn't have the planned time to fabricate brackets etc. I have persisted with the York, which I think has had only 1 re-gas in 5 years I've owned the car. Might try this HyChil stuff on the next recharge

Do a google search on your topic, as the 'Net, is a wonderful resource......but finding a York compressor from a self serve wrecker is not that hard to find, and re-fit, may be easier and cheaper in your case ?
If you are in Victoria, as the old rego sticker suggests, let the Forum know, as we can point you to several cheap sources

Good luck

Cheers

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Re: New W123 280E owner from Melb

Post by MaXim » Sat 27 Aug, 2016 11:32 pm

Might try to get a quote to see how much it would cost to re-pipe. Otherwise it's off to the wreckers to find another York compressor!

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Re: New W123 280E owner from Melb

Post by Pete49 » Sun 28 Aug, 2016 12:48 am

Mate converted his 69 Fairlane to the new type when his York seized up. Then he found the hoses didn't fit so went to the auto guy here (locally known as Golden Spanner) New hoses and re-gas $400. At least gives you a figure and note this is country SA so city may be cheaper.....or not
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Re: New W123 280E owner from Melb

Post by MaXim » Sun 25 Sep, 2016 9:30 pm

So I have got the AC back online with the new style Nippondenso compressor. Since it's off a W126 the piping is not compatible, but I was able to re-use the fittings.

Only needed a regas as my system was already converted to r134a! Now it's blowing cold at 2 degrees celsius from the vents...
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Bill of parts:

New hoses: $370
BEHR AC dryer: $70
Re-gas and AC service: $120
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Re: New W123 280E owner from Melb

Post by W123fan » Mon 13 Nov, 2017 11:41 pm

Great result. Congratulations.
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