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Old 14 April 2010, 11:25 AM
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Just a quick one guys.
Im attempting to remove my air con system on my 1997 classic tomorrow
Now i have had a quick look at it today and all looks straight forward.
The system is de-gassed already.
Now the only bit im not sure about is the radiator removal. Do i need to take the cooling radiator out or is there enough room to just move it back a bit?
Also how is the air con rad attached?
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Old 14 April 2010, 12:25 PM
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Hi,
Yes if you just undo the rad top mounting brackets u should be able to remove it easy enough but you will have to remove cooling fans first. Only one of the fans stays to cool rad once air con removed
It maybe easier to remove rad as the 10mm bolts are often corroded!!
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Old 14 April 2010, 03:51 PM
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Where are the bolts situated on the air con rad?
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Old 15 April 2010, 08:20 AM
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There are four bolts holing the cooling fan onto the rad , one in each corner
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Old 15 April 2010, 08:26 AM
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You need to remove the front grille to access the two bolts. Once removed the bolts are located by the headlights. Hope this helps, Chris.
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Old 15 April 2010, 12:31 PM
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Old 15 April 2010, 12:39 PM
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No worries ;-)
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Old 15 April 2010, 03:08 PM
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I'd contemplated removing the air con system from my car too but was advised against it. Not 100% sure where the pump sits on a classic but if its the same as the newage it may upset the balance of the engine.

If you remove weight from one side of the engine it'll be unbalanced. Wear engine mounts quicker, excessive vibration etc etc

Just something to consider
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Old 15 April 2010, 03:14 PM
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Originally Posted by TH3_5T1G View Post
I'd contemplated removing the air con system from my car too but was advised against it. Not 100% sure where the pump sits on a classic but if its the same as the newage it may upset the balance of the engine.

If you remove weight from one side of the engine it'll be unbalanced. Wear engine mounts quicker, excessive vibration etc etc

Just something to consider

absolute utter nonsense!! next people will be saying the world is flat!
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Old 15 April 2010, 04:07 PM
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Haha............Thats the funnist thing ive heard in ages!

When the classic came out.......the air con was an optional extra and was dealer fit only!! I know cos fitted many.

We did not have to uprate the engine mounts etc and had no problems with the balance of the engine once new pump was fitted.

hahaha......still laughing.
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Old 15 April 2010, 04:29 PM
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The question you should ask yourself is what are you gaining by removing the a/c, you may gain 1/10th of a second to 60mph, you will lose cash on resale as the car wont have it fitted, but its up to you, and your probably going to need to remove the rad to get it out

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I was obviously misinformed then
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Old 16 April 2010, 09:16 AM
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You dont need to remove the rad to get it out.

Mine wasnt working so I removed it. Surprising how much it all weighs.
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I Agree Davros.....but you need to remove the top rad mounts to push the rad back so you can remove the condensor (air con rad).

However the cooling fan bolts do become a bit corroded so might be a bit difficult to remove fan with the rad still in place.

I only fitted ever fitted new ones so was quite easy.......but was a long time ago now!

Yep if its not working might aswell remove it, as itll cost a small fortune to get it working again........plus its not asthough we have blistering hot summers here anyway! Lol
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Old 16 April 2010, 04:47 PM
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Originally Posted by TonyBurns View Post
The question you should ask yourself is what are you gaining by removing the a/c, you may gain 1/10th of a second to 60mph, you will lose cash on resale as the car wont have it fitted, but its up to you, and your probably going to need to remove the rad to get it out

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Mine does'nt work mate so no point carrying around dead weight.
Dont think it will affect the price as its not worth much anyway
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Old 16 April 2010, 05:37 PM
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Recently took mine out...quick easy job and saved 13.4kgs.
Theres a bit more than can be taken out from under the dash thats another few kg's saved....
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Old 13 September 2010, 08:51 AM
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how do you get the bit out under the dash.. pipes are disconnected on my race car but I suspect there is some sort matrix in the heater box somewhere that these pipes are going to?
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Old 16 January 2018, 08:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Fizz View Post
how do you get the bit out under the dash.. pipes are disconnected on my race car but I suspect there is some sort matrix in the heater box somewhere that these pipes are going to?
Hi revival of an old thread.Which fan is the aircon fan on the classic is it on the passenger side or the drivers side.And can the rest of the aircon be remove from behind the dash without actually removing the dash itís self
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Old 28 March 2018, 11:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Rick2017 View Post
Hi revival of an old thread.Which fan is the aircon fan on the classic is it on the passenger side or the drivers side.And can the rest of the aircon be remove from behind the dash without actually removing the dash itís self

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Old 30 March 2018, 03:07 PM
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I've removed my aircon but left the inside car bit alone. As for the fan I haven't removed it and I glad I didn't because both fan's kicked in together
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Old 30 March 2018, 05:23 PM
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Interesting that both fans came on
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