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Old April 28, 2010, 06:23   #1
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whats the going rate on old R-12 freon

I was doing some cleaning up down at dads old 2-car garage and found about half a case of R-12 freon cans probably from the early 80s that was priced at 88 cents a can.

would they still be good or have bad with age, all still have freon in them. i know the price a few years back was about 20 bucks a can. what would be a good price today for NOS R-12.
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Old April 28, 2010, 07:27   #2
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The problem with selling it is that you cannot post it online or in a newspaper since it is illegal to sell it without the proper license.

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Old April 28, 2010, 09:22   #3
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I still have four full cans of R12. Took the four to a gun show, a few years ago and priced em at $35 per can (at the suggestion of someone who was "supposed" to know what they were currently going for). I brought them back home with me although there was quite a bit if interest in em. Guess I priced a little too high. I'm anxious to hear some opinions here on the Files on what they are really worth. Perhaps taking them to a vintage car collectors show may be a good place to get rid of them at a decent/respectable price.
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Old April 28, 2010, 10:53   #4
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I still have four full cans of R12. Took the four to a gun show, a few years ago and priced em at $35 per can (at the suggestion of someone who was "supposed" to know what they were currently going for). I brought them back home with me although there was quite a bit if interest in em. Guess I priced a little too high. I'm anxious to hear some opinions here on the Files on what they are really worth. Perhaps taking them to a vintage car collectors show may be a good place to get rid of them at a decent/respectable price.
Many thought that they would get rich off them. What happened was that many of the people switched instead of paying the stupid prices. I am down to one car that has R12 in it. Once it is finished I may need one more can to top it off. I still have one left. They seem to sell for $20-$25 a can.

Everything since 96 has had 134a in it.
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Old April 28, 2010, 17:39   #5
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I bought a 30 pound tank of R-12 some years back, on the last day that everyday people could buy it.
I had some vehicles that used it.

I've since gotten rid of the vehicles, and still have the unused full 30 pound tank.

I'd sell it, but how can I as an individual?
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Old April 28, 2010, 19:30   #6
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I had a FA BB gun when I was a kid that ran off of the 1# cans of R12. I went thru cases of that stuff.

BTW, You could sell the box, and if the cans just happened to be in there....
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Old April 28, 2010, 22:07   #7
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sell

You could sell it to someone who has the proper EPA certs to deal with it. Wonder how much it would cost to ship. I do hold an EPA universal card.
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Old April 29, 2010, 01:37   #8
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I've got my EPA 609 card, had it for years.
When R12 went away, at first it was like gold. $1000 for a sealed 30# can was common. $30 for the 12-oz cans was common.

Over the years they developed drop-in retrofit upgrade kits which made the conversion from a real PITA to something not bad at all. The new oils went a long way to making 134a work OK in R12 applications. Most of the R12 cars are now recycled into chinese consumer goods and the only people that want it are those who won't change over their classics. Small market.

I'm licensed for it, and I own a few pounds still, but generally I haven't got but one car that's not converted to 134a and don't see much need to have any R12 anymore.

They are strongly considering needing a 609 cert for 134a in the near future, too.
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Old April 29, 2010, 19:16   #9
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I have 3 cans also, but I am moving everything to duracool replacement because it is over the counter and cheap and works at a lower psi so less load on the engine and it is not corrosive.
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About $30 a can here in the Detroit area.
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Old May 02, 2010, 09:09   #11
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Another scam foisted on us by the good old government. R-12 was the best coolant made, and a soon as Duponts patents on it ran out, suddenly it was bad and had to be outlawed.
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