Alot of stuff is written down but that's the kind of reply I was looking for scimjim.
I never realised R12 wasn't illegal. Why in that case is it so tricky to get hold of now in the UK? I heard of the conversion gas, and was told a mate had some a while back ; he does commercial AC systems. Putting a name to the gas (R49) is great and certainly makes life easier.
I knew that R134a was becoming pricier but I didn't know why. I was also aware that the new cars came with R1234yf, but I guess I didn't cross the dots.
Thanks ScimJim, you're a star, just what I was after!!
I'm going to get the system leak tested. If its good, and I can find some R49, I'll attempt to get it working again.
ChasR, as far as I know, Production and import of R12 IS illegal. IE- The use of existing R12 is still permitted. As a result, following the ban, R12 effectively became a finite resource in this country. Suppliers wound down their stocks- thats why you could still obtain it for some time. However, that was years ago: Supplies have all but dried up now.
I suppose you could try finding an old fridge or chiller unit containing R12, and somehow transferring it into your vehicle....
1986 BMW 520i lux (E28), 1986 BMW 628csi (E24), 1998 Merc C180 (W202), 1981 Honda CB125 Twin.