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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 8:16 am    Post subject: dismantling A/C unit in an 87 Vanagon Reply with quote

so the A/C unit does not work and i want to remove it ,at the front its conected to the radiator ,so i have to drain the coolant? and do i need special plugs to plug up the hose conections? the rest seems fairly staight forward, although the bentely is very vauge on this subject.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why do you want to remove it vs leaving it in place?
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Everyone makes their own choices, but have you looked into resurrecting the system? When working properly, they're really nice. I run mine on a inexpensive cocktail of propane and isobutane, and just love the feel of a cool breeze blowing on my neck during hot Cascadian days...all three of them.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zeitgeist 13 wrote:
I run mine on a inexpensive cocktail of propane and isobutane

Now you've done it.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kaiser Soze wrote:
Zeitgeist 13 wrote:
I run mine on a inexpensive cocktail of propane and isobutane

Now you've done it.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zeitgeist 13 wrote:
Kaiser Soze wrote:
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I run mine on a inexpensive cocktail of propane and isobutane

Now you've done it.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

...and I love a challenge.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

so any thoughts on the A/C unit? Cool
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are getting rid of it, pull the condenser out from in front of the radiator. If I recall, I pulled the radiator to accomplish this. Not too bad, although you may have rust issues in VT.

If the A/C is abandoned the condenser is just a cooling system obstruction. Get rid of it.

The A/C knob on the dash will still offer you manual control of the radiator fan if you need it in the future. I use mine when I see traffic backing up ahead of me.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't go to all the trouble to pull the condenser, just remove the hoses from it. No need to block off anything as nothing will leak (assuming the system is already empty of refrigerant). If you remove the hoses and wires you are going to need to seal the holes in the body off to keep the vermin out.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Warning. Make sure your AC system is not still charged before you go pulling hoses. The escaping gas can cause bodily harm. The safe way is to have an AC shop recover the gas. Otherwise, I think the Bently has instructions involving running a hose to a bucket of water to safely discharge the gas.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

first it can get pretty hot and humid where you are and aren't you going back to SD in a year and won't you need it there?
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oops double
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

iv never used it becouse it never worked. San Diego is not that humid, we live in Ocean Beach so the ocean breeze keeps it cool, although when we left to drive to vermont we could have used it , it was August and as we got to La Paz in AZ it was 110, boy were we cooking, one night on the colorado river and we left in a hurry! But the A/C was shot the guy we bought the bus from drained the system becouse motor did not function , it didnt even have a belt, so now its gone, done in a day. Cool
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does the interior fan still work? Moving air is better than nothing.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 6:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool no the whole unit is shot ,its out now so if anyone needs free parts! Cool
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You should hook up with bavareze.

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