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The A/C on my 1980 308 is not operable, and wasn't when I bought the car but would like to have it repaired. Now being an old car I assume that needs to be upgraded to new refridgerant. My question is has any one done this to an 80's vintage 308, does the new stuff work, and how big of a job was it for the garage/shop that did the work? There is no Ferrari mechanic anywhere near area and could a "normal" automotive A/C repair shop do the job, or is the 308 A/C some unique one off system that only a Ferrari mechanic have thew tools to do the job? Thanks for any advice.
 

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Tifosi,
I don't think you need a dealer to repair or upgrade the refrigerant. Your local import specialist or your trusted technician should be able to do it. It comes down to the fittings, and these are not marque-exclusive.
Good luck, and PM me if I could be of further help.
 

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I'm in Montana, so the closest Ferrari dealer/repair facility would be Salt Lake City, Denver, Seattle, or Vancouver... I do most all of my own maintenance but don't have the tools to do A/C work. There is an experienced european car mechanic here and hope that he might be able to do the work, or even another A/C specialist shop. But I have a feeling most mechanics around here would look at me with a blank stare if I brought a Ferrari to their shop... most are used to working on domestic cars and a lot of huge trucks and SUV's. I'm a firm believer that even a Ferrari is still a car and basically works the same as any other, but also I don't really look forward to some ham-fisted wrench turning ape using a a BFH to repair my A/C because "them funny metric fittin's don't fit right..." OK, so that rant might be a bit offsides, but you might understand why I'd like to get as much info as possible from the rest of all of you before I proceed. Thanks and as always any help is appreciated...
 

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between the european shop and an a/c shop that has updated these cars you should be in good hands. comp,dryer,expansion,o-rings and a flush[all hoses,evap,condensor etc.][dont forget to check/clean cooling system,fans radiator as these WILL kill any good work you do] and last but not least - the best evac you can get . 70 percent of r-12 [you are using r134 now right] as you can put more in latter if you need. you should have a vg system.you could also stay w/r12 . i would use the most modern compressor availible. price[@100p/h] parts and labor should be under $2k .that is for a primo job. good luck . i answer questions for the FOC in florida . i like this site [more like the old ferrari scholl types here] forza frank let me know how it turns out
 
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