Got A/c questions just ask. I 100% installed a system in my car along with heater core. And over the years learn enough to love and hate the cars hvac system.
Fair warning about the Infinity Radio, I've read using an aftermarket head unit with the factory amp sounds horrible. I cannot confirm or deny that just something I recall. I do know you can find newer headunits with CDs and one person put a Aux cable in through the Tape input from inside at some point.
Best part about that 3.5, It's non-interference. Unless your revving 7K your valves and pistons remain happy. However I do suggest looking into getting the Timing belt, water pump and belt tensionor replace if it hasn't been done.
I am a avid fan of Aux Trans coolers. I run a HUGE one on my car. I highly suggest getting one for your keeps the 42LE happy along with 30K fluid changes and new filters. Don't forget the general 60K Differential service as well (separate sump) .
Thats the general info. Just ask if you need more!
Yeah, from what I gather the ac will be a process of elimination. I now have an excuse to buy some snazzy manifold gauges I have been eyeing. Once I get a better understanding of the Chrysler AC system, then I think I'll be in the mood to tinker with it. I won't need ac till next May though. Believe me I won't mess with it till I consult you guys. My first purchase with be a set of Michelins or Cooper Cs5 ultra touring tires. The company I drive for has 185 trucks, so the tire distributor for them gives me a heck of a break. This will be my road trip car for cross country trips. It might see 5000 miles a year. I have a 94 S10 Blazer that will see town use. I don't care if it gets a ding at Wal-Mart, as it will blend in with the rest of the bruises and bumps.
The brakes are at 30% , so I'll tackle those this December. The oil has 1000 miles on it and the tranny fluid/filter is new. Coolant looks healthy, but I may change it for peace of mind. I'm also a fan of aux trans coolers. I burnt up the trans in my 2500 in the summer heat. I heard that trans in those trucks were a bad design from the factory. Everyone I know that had a Dodge truck from that era, has rebuilt their transmissions. Anyway I've lived and learned, so I have a B&M 12x12 on my tow vehicle, a blazer. At some point, an aux trans cooler will go on the LHS too.
As far as non interference design, that's what sold me on the early 3.5's. I did some frantic research before I mabe an offer. The the tbelt was done at 90,000. The car has 130, 000 miles now. The PO couldnt remeber if the WP was replaced with the belt. Is there a non invasive way to check it?
As far as the radio I had an 01 Dodge 2500 V10 with the infinity amp. I learned quick after installing an aftermarket radio what a bad idea that was. I put the factory one back in. I read here about member bypassing the amp? I'm not sure I want the headache. I love the sound of the infinity set up. So Ill stick with the infnity radio. I don't like loud musuc anymore, but clarity is bliss to these aging ears.
I love that oldschool EQ. Just wish It came from the factory with an aux input. I have a nice universal aux input on order, that hardwires into the coax antenna. You hit a 12v power switch and it cuts off the fm signal so you can play music files. This lil gadget comes with a Bluetooth box and mic. I'm stoked to have modern day technology in a classic car. Am I the only ine who thinks the rear window looks Jaguarish? Im happy so far with the car. Again, thanks for the welcome and advice.