Fair enough- fingers crossed then
well; thank you for asking, Muskie-
as it happens; the aircon is a bit of a saga.
Thanks to JeremyG's efforts; immediately after I got the car a few years ago, the system was pressurised, but still non-functional.
I thought about it a bit, and whilst fooling around under the bonnet trying to bring-in the radiator-fan, a couple of summers ago, I inadvertently brought in the A/C compressor a couple of times.
(note-to-self; the radiator fans speeds; are switched-negative / constant-positive)
This led me to believe the likely culprit was the pressure-switch. (as the compressor clutch clearly was able to engage with the belt)
One of the two joys of the A/C system is that;
a) it is NOT climate controlled; so there isn't any 'complex' electronics governing it's operation
b) as these cars are not turbocharged; there is masses of room under the bonnet to access all the pipework
However; In three years of ownership; I had yet to direct resources into significantly pursuing this issue.
Last week I did, and guess what; in the first instance; the condenser is holed.
I don't think that is the sole problem; but I am delighted to discover a distinguishable issue into which resources can be put to further the outcome that I want (working A/C).
However circumstances have overtaken us now; and so I will have to wait a period of time before the next episode.
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