Removing the A/C Compressor
April 19th, 2012 | Back to Blog Listing

This was no easy feat. The units were underneath the bus, bolted to a frame that was welded to the chassis. The frame was pretty rusted and the entire unit was terribly heavy. It's not the sort of thing you want to be under when it falls. My dad gave me the idea just to use a reciprocating saw with steel-cutting blades to cut the frame out (namely since the bolts were rusted tight), and then to use a stand to catch the unit when it fell.


The platform I built to catch the unit once it's cut.


Two of the steel bars cut all the way through with the help of a reciprocating saw.



Once I had cut through all four of the bolts, the unit somehow managed to stay hovering in the air. One of the steel beams had caught over the muffler pipe, and one of the old freon hoses had caught over the axle. I was very surprised that the two were able to suspend it in place (given the weight), but it seemed okay. I used a hammer to slowly rock the unit until it fell on the board I had set down for it.

The unit dangling by a few threads.


Finally with the A/C completely out and ready for Craigslist FREE Stuff!


With the unit out, I could finally disconnect all of the hoses and drag them out the front of the engine compartment. They'll be removed next.