Retrofit air on 85.5 spider

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Retrofit air on 85.5 spider

Postby tcheathcote » Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:34 pm

I am in process of fitting air con. I live in Spain so at the moment the temp is in the 40s that's over 100f so I am hoping to make the car more driver friendly. I appreciate it will only help with the roof up so that's not the problem. The company I have sourced for the parts are in Florida and I wonder if any of you guys have fitted. The unit is 12000btu so my question other than the obvious are.will it affect performance and consumption. The car is the 85.5 pininfarina and drives a dream. :D

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Your car is a: 1979 Fiat Spider

Re: Retrofit air on 85.5 spider

Postby Warren » Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:43 pm

I retrofitted an air conditioner system in my 1979 automatic several years ago. The source was a Texas company who supplied the kits to Fiat dealers in the 1970's but the company is no longer in business; the updated kit is a R-134a system and works well for my car. Performance suffers some when turned on but since an automatic not a problem since the cooler air is much better; especially at lower speeds. If you would like some more information on what I have, send me an email at

Warren Hopson
Pelham Alabama
1979 Fiat Spider Automatic
1991 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce
1974 Dodge Dart Sport Hang 10 (in restoration)
Multiple other cars, trucks, and boats

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Your car is a: Pininfarina Spider Europa 1983

Re: Retrofit air on 85.5 spider

Postby rockdad » Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:51 pm

Can you give details of the A/C unit you bought, and from where?


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Re: Retrofit air on 85.5 spider

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