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WB Statesman aircon hoses

I have had all sorts of grief getting my WB's aircon in order over the last year. Bought a reco A6 compressor (the original one had the clutch/pulley missing), new receiver dryer, NOS condensor, replaced the vacuum pods...
Yesterday I noticed that the air isn't blowing that cold anymore (just had a regas a few weeks ago when I had to replace the orifice tube).
One of the high-pressure ac hoses is leaking, just pin hole leaks but it needs to be replaced.
Thinking I'll just get both replaced, any suggestions how to do it? These seem to be NLA so where do you get new ones made up? The connector ends are kept and new hose crimped on? Any help appreciated.

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several years ago I changed the A6 for a Sanden on my WB and never looked back. When I changed over I needed new hoses. I just went to an auto air cond guy who cut hoses to length and crimped on the fittings. Nothing special about it all. Any decent air cond place will have hose, fittings and crimping tools to do the job and guarantee the hose re leaks. I've recently bought another WB and need to address the air cond...I need to start with the vacuum pod to get air to face level and then focus on cold air...I'm not making it a priority though....even when these cars were quite new the air conds required attention compared to modern cars...not a lot of older cars having working a/c...its amusing how many people selling say it just needs a regas...if it only needed a $100 spent on it then why don't they do it......

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Thanks mate, that sounds pretty straight-forward.
Yes I've heard the Sanden is much more efficient, I'm just trying to stay factory as much as possible. I tried Hychill and it worked really well for abt 6 months, just that the idiot filling it had no idea what he was doing and stuffed me around big time when problems struck (air not cold). I've gone back to r134a filled by another aircon bloke only because I was sick of the incompetence of the Hychill bloke (he insisted on filling ac gas with the engine idling, been told since you're supposed to fill with engine off, he convinced me that trying r134a instead of Hychill was a good idea at the end, but I don't think he evacuated the system before sticking in r134a etc. I was too trusting.)
My fault for not replacing the filter at the get-go, that caused problems along the way too. Wouldn't fill with gas because it was blocked. Now the compressor sounds noisier than it used too as well.
Not a priority now we're heading into winter but it's no fun being in a black car in traffic on a 35 degree day...

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totally understand - on my latest Statesman I want to keep it original so going to have a go at rebuilding the compressor my self - they usually leak from the front seal. You can buy tools and parts quite cheap from the US for the A6. Agree it can be a challenge finding people who know what they are doing - I just wanted a vacuum test done - it the system would hold a vacuum then it will hold a charge - but the mobile clowns i called wouldn't do it - saying they dont want to work on old cars and cant be bothered with warranty work - you dont need a warranty on a vacuum test but they wouldn't do it - bizarre...a lot of these guys just dont know what they are doing..in the US for $30 you can buy a kit to regas the a/c yourself - no licence required

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totally understand - on my latest Statesman I want to keep it original so going to have a go at rebuilding the compressor my self - they usually leak from the front seal. You can buy tools and parts quite cheap from the US for the A6. Agree it can be a challenge finding people who know what they are doing - I just wanted a vacuum test done - it the system would hold a vacuum then it will hold a charge - but the mobile clowns i called wouldn't do it - saying they dont want to work on old cars and cant be bothered with warranty work - you dont need a warranty on a vacuum test but they wouldn't do it - bizarre...a lot of these guys just dont know what they are doing..in the US for $30 you can buy a kit to regas the a/c yourself - no licence required

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I think you can fill with Hychill yourself, been tempted to look at that. So much BS flying around about Hychill, yes I had problems with the ac but not because of the gas.
Anyway, hope you know about getting to the pods. I never replaced the pods on my first WB because I read the BS somebody wrote about it being a dash-out job. Sounded all too hard. Since have been told it's just the centre console and lower dash under the column. Yes unbolting the heater box is a pain, but not nearly as much as pulling a complete dash would be!

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I replaced a dodgy pod on a previous WB statesman but that was 17 years ago so I have to say I can't completely remember what I did - I do recall it was a complete saturday afternoon job...my main concern these days is getting a pod in the first place - there is 2 sizes and i'm pretty sure the one I need is the large size one - need to get the system apart first to check it all out - but I'd prefer to have a replacement part readily available to get the job done rather than have the car in bits and pieces while I look for one..there could be other reasons the door is not moving - a leak somewhere else eg at the switch - process of elimination and yes you need to start with and rule out the easier to get to parts and work back

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