Saturday, February 23, 2008

Tech Post: Modular V8 Ford AC Compressor bypass/delete

So a friend and classmate from school has been driving the same pickup since our college days.  This truck has served him faithfully for years, but recently his Compressor crapped out.

He doesnt want to replace it,  since he will buy a new truck soon, so we improvised.

After looking at this 1998 F150 4.6L Pickup, it was determined that the Compressor itself wasnt bad, but the clutch gave up the ghost.

How do we do this?   Well, theres actually two trains of thought here.

1. Work around it....
2. Rip it off and plug the lines.

Looking at the belt routing and tensioner, I can just bypass the compressor but to keep tension, I want to run the belt OVER the idler, instead of under.  This wont be that hard.  I wont bore you with the how to of taking a belt off and replacing a pulley.  If you cant do that, you shouldn't be attempting this workaround/repair.

We got out the Gates catalog and started looking. I found a 6 rib grooved pulley (to help keep the belt in place) and a shorter belt.  In this case, after trial and error, we found the best combo was a gates Micro V #K080806 or equivalent, and buy gates 38053 idler pulley. Boom and done.
(See below. You will replace Item #1)

If you want to pull the compressor, run  Ford Racing's AC compressor delete bracket, or, Dorman Products just released their version last year for much less. Look at Dorman 34188, AC compressor delete assembly.  Amazon has it, and oreillys and auto zone can order it for you.  Keep in mind you MUST plug the refrigerant lines properly if you plan on running AC again in the future to avoid contaminating the system. 

In this case, we kept the compressor in place and kept the system sealed and the truck was traded. 

Friday, February 22, 2008

Hmm...Interesting Messages

So I went to lunch with some clients the other day to a Chinese restaurant. Where I received this Fortune Cookie...

On the front....

and then....

on the back....

Hmmmm...I find it ironic and true at the same time....Crazy huh...

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo!

Its that time of year again! The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is upon us!

Here's the performers and the rodeo events happening. I always like the Chuckwagon races!

Anyone else going this year? The cookoff is coming up soon too! YEE-HAW!

March 3
Tim McGraw
Super Series I, Go Round 1
March 4
Faith Hill
Super Series I, Go Round 1
March 5
Kevin Fowler
Super Series I, Go Round 3 & Championship Round
March 6
Alan Jackson
Super Series II, Go Round 1
March 7
John Legend
Super Series II, Go Round 1
March 8
Martina McBride
Super Series II, Go Round 3 & Champ. Round
March 9
Hannah Montana - Miley Cyrus
Super Series III, Go Round 1
March 10
Super Series III, Go Round 2
March 11
Rascal Flatts
Super Series III, Go Round 3 & Champ. Round
March 12
John Fogerty
Super Series IV, Go Round 1
March 13
Toby Keith
Super Series IV, Go Round 2
March 14
Clay Walker
Super Series IV, Go Round 3 & Champ. Round
March 15
Brad Paisley
Super Series V, Go Round 1
March 16
Duelo / Los Horoscopos De Durango
Super Series V, Go Round 2
March 17
Miranda Lambert
Super Series V, Go Round 3 & Champ. Round
March 18
Big & Rich
Xtreme Bulls
March 19
Super Series Semifinal 1
March 20
Dierks Bently
Super Series Semifinal 2
March 21
Pat Green
Super Series Wild Card Round
March 22
Brooks & Dunn
Super Series Championship

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentines Day...2008

For the first time in years, I actually have a date with someone on Valentines!

An old friend from High School, we're just having dinner, but who knows whats to come of it?

Keep your fingers crossed readers!

Friday, February 1, 2008

Baby Care, Final Episode!

OK this is the last of them!

I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did!!