As mentioned in my previous posts, I'm working to convert my 95 Thunderbird LX 3.8L into a track car for Lemons.
Contrary to the post found here, I cannot seem to find a position to mount my tensioner puller to the accessory bracket in a spot where it will be a) secure and b) in the same plane as the rest of the pulleys. Basically, I need an A/C delete but the rules for Lemons dictates that such a bracket would come out of my budget.
The backup plan is to swap my WORKING (tested 2 days ago before R134a drain) A/C compressor and all the other bits I don't need for someone's broken (any interest? PM me.) A/C compressor that I can then modify as per the plans below.
Basically, i'm hoping to gut the AC compressor and turn it into a essentially a simple bracket with a pulley. Before I go through with a trade (or gut the working one I have -- seems like a waste), I had a basic question.
Q: What's inside the compressor?
My Ford shop manual considers it one part and really doesn't break it down.
I know that technically, it's a system to liquefy the refrigerant. My question is more specific. if you look at the picture below, it appears that there are four bolts holding the back end of the compressor housing to the front end.
If I remove these four bolts, will I be able to remove the entire back half of the compressor and the guts WITHOUT the shaft (or whatever the pulley is mounted on) falling out? Or, do I need to remove the pulley first? OR (worst case scenario and not what I want to hear), do I need the guts/back half of the compressor housing to hold the shaft or whatever the pulley is attached to in the right position?
Ideally, what I want to be left with is the front half of the compressor and the free spinning pulley.
Is this idea even possible?
Thanks in advance for your replies.
I don't want to tear until I a) find someone with a suitable compressor to swap b) come to the conclusion that this compressor is unwanted (I'm not sure how many people want to fix their A/C in winter. Every dollar in parts sales (interior bits anyone) offsets the $500 budget imposed by Lemons so I'm quite eager to unload some of this stuff (I guess I need to post a little more to get into the forsale section).