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Old 04-12-2011, 12:00 PM
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I am building a K20 coninversion in a Fiat X1/9 for a customer who has to retain AC. Do the hybrid vehicles have electric compressors? If so, where might I go to try to buy one?
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oh damn I have no idea about that but please post the build.
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I think all the new hybrids use an electric ac compressor. They are primarily belt drivin, but when motor is at idle stop it uses an electric motor to keep it turning. Honda has them but they are not cheap. Good luck with this build, I want more info and pictures!
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i found this write up on that swap into a fiat.
http://www.midwest-x19.com/FiatX19Acura_files/frame.htm
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I am building a K20 coninversion in a Fiat X1/9 for a customer who has to retain AC. Do the hybrid vehicles have electric compressors? If so, where might I go to try to buy one?
The problem with electric compressors is they need "high voltage" to run, there is no advantage to using an electric compressor, why not just use the compressor for the K20 engine?94
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Originally Posted by dem0nk1d View Post
i found this write up on that swap into a fiat.
http://www.midwest-x19.com/FiatX19Acura_files/frame.htm
That is the company I am working for. The link above refers to the first K20 build. I am relatively new to the company (about 2.5 months) and this is my first K20 swap. I inherited a botched project from their then-current fab guy. I became the fab guy and started over. The previous two builds were well executed by another fab guy who did a good job, but I have a different way of doing things from what is pictured above.

Absolutely positively cannot use the K20 compressor or the Fiat unit--NO space for them. If I have to go engine-driven, I have to find something teeny-tiny (about the size of an alternator) to mount in a non-factory location. The K20 compressor would have to occupy the space of the leading pick-up point for the right rear control arm--can't do without that!

I'll try to put up some pics of the project.
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Then I would find your Cooling Depot, [Four Seasons] retailer in your area... http://www.4s.com/ROOT-Home1/Content.aspx and ask them for the smallest compressor they have. 94

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Here is an idea. Snag a compressor and an electric motor. Fab a pulley and just drive the belt with the motor.
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didn't some of the really tiny cars such as the geo metro have really small compressors?
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your going to need a compressor that is sized to pump the proper amount of refrigerant through the evap and condensor, just throwing in any compressor my not work properly. compressors and the other a/c componets are sized in accordance to the space size and load of what your trying to cool.
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your going to need a compressor that is sized to pump the proper amount of refrigerant through the evap and condensor, just throwing in any compressor my not work properly. compressors and the other a/c componets are sized in accordance to the space size and load of what your trying to cool.
This is in a Fiat X1/9, probably less volume in pass. compartment then a Honda Del Sol or S2000, so the smallest automotive compressor OP can find will work just fine.

OP, you may want to look at Panasonic compressors, they make some pretty small compressors. 94
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