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    Question AC swap in an 86 XR-7

    I've tried searching and can't find what I'm looking for so bear with me here.

    Seems like I remember seeing something about being able to swap out some year of Mustang air conditioner parts to replace/upgrade the OEM HR-980 compressor in these mid-80s T-birds and Cougars. Am I dreaming or is it feasible time and price wise? If I remember correctly, there was something about having to change out a bracket along with the different compressor/clutch assembly. Did I dream seeing this or is it the best way to go to get my A/C functioning again? THANKS!!!
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    I can't remember exact details, but yes the late 4cyl Stangs(roughly '90-'93?) did use a different compressor... Mounting bracket is different and since those were all serpentine belt setup, you'd probably have to change to those pulleys & mounts(I dunno if there is a V belt clutch for those compressors)... No doubt hoses are different as well... Easiest would be to buy a parts car that has what you need then resell it to get your money back...

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    They used a 10P15C.

    https://web.archive.org/web/20060505...com/Ford14.htm
    https://web.archive.org/web/20050505...Anchor-MUSTANG

    TurboCoupe50's advice is probably the way to go. Doable, but a bit of effort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TurboCoupe50 View Post
    I can't remember exact details, but yes the late 4cyl Stangs(roughly '90-'93?) did use a different compressor... Mounting bracket is different and since those were all serpentine belt setup, you'd probably have to change to those pulleys & mounts(I dunno if there is a V belt clutch for those compressors)... No doubt hoses are different as well... Easiest would be to buy a parts car that has what you need then resell it to get your money back...
    WOW!! More changing out than I remembered seeing Back to the drawing board I guess. THANKS!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CougarGal View Post
    WOW!! More changing out than I remembered seeing Back to the drawing board I guess. THANKS!
    The V6 HR980 to 6P148 swap is still quite involved. You need new brackets and hoses for the compressor and P/S pump. Still easier than swapping the other FEAD components too.

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