so all the wires running to the compressor can be ripped out as well ?
They connect to the a/c coils under the dashboard. You -might- be able to disconnect the hoses from under the passenger side foot area.
If you totally remove them, then you have two holes in the firewall that have to be filled/covered...soo...
Thank you for the pictures and post for removing the AC compressor. Now what do I do with the lines that I un screwed from the compressor. I see one goes to the radiator. If i disconnect that, do I have to plug the radiator hole? And what do I plug it with. The second one goes through the firewall. What on earth do I do with that. Where does it get unscrewed. Do I have to remove the dash??? Is that it after those 2 are removed.
As far as the hardware needed, I got all I needed at lowes. Make sure to match up the threading on the replacement bolts. Parts were less than $4...
I did this swap and had to settle with just bolting the alt right back up. I didn't add any washers to the alt cause i couldn't get that damned pulley off. So now the belt whines when i drive. But the belt isn't showing any major signs of wear as of yet. I bought a new pulley from Toywagen.com but still have yet to install it.
I just finsihed doing the AC mod exactly as stated on the thread. Everything turned out perfect.
Now the problem that just came up. The engine will not idol. It ran perfect prior to the mod. I looked for vacum lines that may have come off. Did not see any. Is there any way for me to find out what's going on.
I just finsihed this mod last night. Started up the car. Ran fine for about 2 min. Then all of a sudden the engine will not idle. I looked around closely and did not see any obvious disconnects. I sprayed some starting fluid around to look for leeks, did not see anything obvious.
Note. when running above idle, runs great.. Also when I removed the AC bracket, I did a minor engine washing. I thought I was careful not to saturate any electrical stuff.
Is there somthing that could have caused this. Prior to the AC mod, idle was perfect.
Here are 2 alternators... http://www.germanautoparts.com/Volks...Electrical/6/1 one is for AC equipped cars, the other for cars without AC.
I'm guessing the alternator for cars without AC has a pully spacer that compensates for the need for increased offset, just as the washer used in the OP's writeup does. Can anybody confirm this? I would guess the are fundamentally the same minus the pulley spacer.
So far, we got the ac delete done, but also deleted the power steering too.We ended up getting a new alternator (since the old one was semi dead anyway) for the diesel rabbit engine we are installing. Since we also got rid of the power steeering, we thought we were going to need a different alt. bracket, which we got. Unfortunately, we are having a bit of trouble figuring out how the damn thing installs.
Of course, then we lucked into an Ecodiesel, and stopped rebuilding the na diesel.
I'm just going to get an alt from the parts store and use my pulley and space it a bit. It's pretty darn close with the bracket off.
Also, as an aside, most parts stores sell the alt. with no pulley.
I just used this DIY while I replaced my water pump. My AC has not worked since I bought the car, and I figured I might as well drop some of the weight and make stuff more accessible by getting rid of that stupid compressor.
Really glad I got that crap out of there. The bearing was a little tired and the pulley was pretty loud when I spun it by hand. Now the whole v-belt area is much more quiet and the car seems to have a little more get up and go to her.
Thanks for posting this 5 years ago and keeping all the pics up. I had to refer back to the pics of the alternator a few times to make sure I stacked all the parts back on in the right order .
1985 Volkswagen Cabriolet 5 speed, powered by the stock JH 1.8L 8 Valve ...... Needs a little work... lots got done...
1987 parts Cabby The engine from this will be rebuilt/refreshed and push 250-300 hp... then dropped into the 85
Could someone do me a favor and take a close up of where exactly they placed the washer. Its hard to tell on my phone and my laptop screen wont be in for a few weeks.
It looks as if you removed the large nut, removed the pulley, placed the washer on and then put the pulley back on top of the washer and tightened it down. Is this correct?
Once again thanks for this write up and everyones help in here.