Removing the Internal A/C Compressor
May 6th, 2012 | Back to Blog Listing
After spending a few days in Kansas City, it was nice to get home on a weekend and put a little time into the bus. I started working on building out the interior when my neighbor, Danny, stopped by to help me out. He had taken out the radiator for me while I was out of town and wanted to know if we could work on the engine some more. Since I'd spent about 3 hours trying to figure out how to trace the contours of the roof onto wood (quite the challenge), I thought it would be nice to have a little change of pace.

Since I had already removed the rear air conditioner from the vehicle, we went ahead and removed the front-cabin a/c compressor just to make more room under the hood. This in turn allowed us to cut a handful of hoses out of the equation as well. Removing the compressor was a little tricky. I first had to remove a few steel plates that protect it. Unfortunately in order to do that, I had to first remove the radiator fan. Once all of that was out, there were four bolts on the underbelly of the compressor. One of them was particularly difficult to reach, but I eventually managed.

We're going to remove the front air conditioning condenser next, just to entirely clear up the front of the van.

A look at the engine after removing the air conditioner compressor.

The old radiator and passenger air conditioner compressor.

Once we finished up and I got back to working on the internals of the bus, I went ahead and installed the first wall and the first row of seats (without padding of course). It's starting to take shape!

The first wall and the first bench installed.