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1972 250 C - Air Conditioning Question
Hello All. I'd like to get some feedback on a decision I made today regarding repairs being made to a newly acquire '72 250 C. My mother gave the me the car upon with just 26,000 miles on the odometer. She never drove this car and kept it garaged and covered 99% of the time she owned it. It's a slash B. In preparation for driving it from Philly to Atlanta, I've taken it into German Auto Specialists for a state of health, stem to stern, inspection. $3200 dollars later, the last item appears to be a leaking air conditioner compressor. The first recommendation that was made was to "retro fit" the existing AC system with a more modern one. To the tune of $1300 and change. I said that would exceed my budget and asked about replacing the existing air compressor with a new one. That, I was told, would be around $800.00 and would use an alternative coolant that was within current environmental guide lines.
Question #1 - Do you think it was prudent of me to fore go the retro fitted air conditioning system for the immediate savings of $500?
Question #2 - In discussing further the direction I chose, the shop indicated they were not going to replace the existing dryer. In discussing the compressor replacement with friends and the shop I'll be taking it to in Atlanta, the question surrounding not replacing the dryer seems significant. Should I call the shop back and request that the dryer be replaced along with the compressor?
Additional notes: The shop manager told me that the mechanic working on the car said the dryer was in good condition and didn't need replacing. What I'm getting, talking to my friend and the Atl shop, is that once you "open" the system the dryer should always be replaced. Comments?
Thanks in advance!
Oh, and trust me, I'll be posting pictures of this beauty very soon. She's gorgeous.