1971 CJ Convertible Question

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1971 CJ Convertible Question

Post by Don Rush » 13 May 2013, 12:29

Why could you not order air conditioning in your 1971 Cougar convertible with a 429 CJ but you could with a Mustang?

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Post by sweetair » 13 May 2013, 12:47

Is this a rhetorical question??

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Post by BossElim69 » 13 May 2013, 13:04

Because Cougars are already cooler then Mustangs even without AC. :flushme:
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Re: 1971 CJ Convertible Question

Post by Don Rush » 13 May 2013, 13:43

Hint, it was a safety issue.

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Post by badcatt » 13 May 2013, 19:35

It had to do with the weight over the front tires.
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Re: 1971 CJ Convertible Question

Post by Don Rush » 14 May 2013, 15:09

You are correct! The Mustang just barely fit under federal requirements for a convertible, the Cougar was just a few pounds over. Good Job Neal!

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Post by blackcat429cj » 14 May 2013, 15:58

To be more correct a/c would have required larger "g" series tires to meet the weight requirements, which suffered from a wheel clearance issue resulting in a wheelhouse redesign. Hence it was easier to limit a/c availability on a "anticipatedd low production car".

The interesting fact is that weight was only an issue on XR7/C6 cars - 4spd and standard conv would have been light enough to meet the requirements.

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Post by Don Rush » 14 May 2013, 18:05

blackcat429cj wrote:To be more correct a/c would have required larger "g" series tires to meet the weight requirements, which suffered from a wheel clearance issue resulting in a wheelhouse redesign. Hence it was easier to limit a/c availability on a "anticipatedd low production car".

The interesting fact is that weight was only an issue on XR7/C6 cars - 4spd and standard conv would have been light enough to meet the requirements.
Great input. Would've created some head scratching if you could get AC in a std. but not XR7.

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Post by xr7g428 » 15 May 2013, 09:12

I recall that there was at least one convertible with AC built as a development vehicle. I can't find it now, but if I do I will post some details.
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Re: 1971 CJ Convertible Question

Post by blackcat429cj » 15 May 2013, 16:18

Don Rush wrote:
blackcat429cj wrote:To be more correct a/c would have required larger "g" series tires to meet the weight requirements, which suffered from a wheel clearance issue resulting in a wheelhouse redesign. Hence it was easier to limit a/c availability on a "anticipatedd low production car".

The interesting fact is that weight was only an issue on XR7/C6 cars - 4spd and standard conv would have been light enough to meet the requirements.
Great input. Would've created some head scratching if you could get AC in a std. but not XR7.
Or on a 4spd and not the C6

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