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Elise/Exige condenser...Upside down?

So in my search for o rings I perused my Vintage air catalog[they appear to have #6,8,10 orings for pennies] and looked at their condensers. They have one the same size as the Exige, 12x24 but the fittings don't line up, as cheap as it is It is probably too much trouble to convert, but as I read it listed the fittings as the small on the bottom, larger on the top, and my sheet where I measured them says the opposite, and sure enough it is.

I am not an AC guy, and the condenser is almost horizontal, but not quite, and the front is lower.

So hot gas enters the condenser, gets cooled off and moves..........up?

Please tell me I am missing something here
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it is conventional to have a larger fitting at the inlet and a smaller fitting at the outlet. But really, I doubt it would be much of an efficiency hit to reverse this. Most condensers are way over designed.

Disclaimer: I've done a fair amount of refrigeration work but I am not an expert by any means.

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Of course the larger vapor line and smaller liquid line, but the vapor line should be on the top, allowing liquid to move out the bottom, not the reverse
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Just to add, imagine the condenser works as its name implies, liquid refrigerant is in the condenser, it is supposed to run downhill towards the output, not climb uphill

Imagine putting the condensate drain on the evaporator at the top and expecting it to work, I am imagining that the inside of the condenser is much like the outside of the evaporator, small amounts of liquid working their way to the output

Google ways to screw up your ac system.....
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