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Meier Line AC

Posted: Fri Oct 29, 2004 6:00 pm
by 72super
Hi- I acquired a 69' bug that had meier line air conditioning, I would like to know just general information about it. I have nothing on it and as much information as you can give me would be great.

Re: Meier Line AC

Posted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 8:02 pm
by Faltoga
Hey, I purchased a 1969 VW Beetle brand new in 1969 and had the Meier Line AC in it. All I can tell you is that the unit was dealer installed and cost me a lot of money! The condenser was under the front of the car and took various 'hits" while driving. The unit, when turned on high, would barely put out any cold air and had to be aimed right at your face to feel it. Do you still have the car?

Re: Meier Line AC

Posted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 8:15 pm
by 72super
haha, no I sold that car to a vw guy as a parts car in 2006.

Re: Meier Line AC

Posted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 8:25 pm
by Faltoga
Ok. Boy, did that bring back some memories! I was in the service at Norton AFB in San Bernardino California, when I bought it. I was 21 years old at the time. That Air Conditioner was a HUGE disappointment. I remember thinking how cool it was to have a bug with A/C. That was the first year that anybody offered AC for a bug. I used to drive down the road cussing at the AC unit and the dealer that sold me the car!

Re: Meier Line AC

Posted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 8:29 pm
by 72super
lol, good thing I didn't waste any time trying to get that working again! :lol:

Re: Meier Line AC

Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:41 am
by Buggin_74
Faltoga wrote: That was the first year that anybody offered AC for a bug.
It was around a few years before 69.
There's a 65 with dealer fitted a/c on TheSamba with a thread about it and a few other early bugs but with not much info.

Re: Meier Line AC

Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:40 am
by Piledriver
With a modern compressor and particularly a modern style parallel flow/multipass condenser setup in good airflow, the old under-dash units have a reasonable>good chance of finally working if they clean up well.
(The new style high efficiency condensers are almost required for 134A to work properly)

Some things got a LOT better in the last 35 years.

OTOH you can buy a new under dash unit for ~$100 with a modern evaporator and new expansion valve etc. that looks ~just as retro, but actually works GOOD.

YMMV.