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Vintage air install in a 108

Now that I have more time I have decided to freshen up my 1968 280se,it was completely restored about 20yrs ago including engine and 4sd manual trans. The car has been stored indoors and covered most of the time. I didn't drive it much because nice days are also hot days and it's pretty uncomfortable, therefore AC is now in the program. I am looking at the vintage air cool only unit which is under dash. Vintageair does not have a compressor bracket for this car but they have an adapter to convert to a modern compressor if you have the original bracket.I saw a bracket on Ebay off a later model , the seller listed many models that the bracket would fit including mine. I was hoping someone on this forum could confirm this. I sat in front of the car with a trouble light for an hour trying to figure out where this piece would mount no luck , so if anyone has Ac on this 6cyl a photo would be hugely appreciated. Thanks
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There were Kuhlmeister and Behr aftermarket units that were often installed by US dealers during this period.

If you do some digging around you could probably find a used one that's a working pull. Hoses are easy because they are DIY replaceable (you just buy the bulk hose and the connectors unscrew from the hose.)

You would need a compressor and the mounting brackets, but if it were me, and I've owned both W108 and W114 cars with AC, I would go for the rotary conversion kits that are for sale by any number of auto AC places. The York compressors worked well but were pretty inefficient.

Adding AC to one of these is an undertaking, but if you get all the parts together it can be done.

I sold a near perfect 1970 280S because I couldn't use it as a daily driver here in Florida. Darned thing was like a greenhouse, and I didn't want to put tint on it....

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Buds Benz offers a kit for the 113 cars which is very similar to your motor. Perhaps you could check with them.
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I just did an AC install on my 220 S -63, you can find the thread here:

I use a conversion bracket as well in order to use the sanden style of compressors (not VA, but theirs ought to be simular)

on the engine I sourced mounting brackets directly from MB (yes they are still available! for a price...)

A full setup of OEM brackets, pulleys and everything you need will cost around €800 incl 25%VAT. A bit pricey maybe but everything just fit perfectly. Of course you should be able to source them from the breaker as well (complete kit or partly)
I know a breaker in germany who might have what you're looking for (not sure about the price though) Would you like the details?

I know there are some interior differences between W111 and W108, but are you sure any of VA's units will fit your car? They were to deep to fit nicely in mine, so do measure before you order!

I also should be able to dig up a bunch of all the info I collected when I did my build, just let me know if you need anything!
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