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"Uh... Dave... Are you going to clean up the mess from Mount St. DeLorean over there?" -My Neighbor, Sheila
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June 4-10, 2000
| So, today's events are already being referred to by my
neighbors as "The Great Mildred Street Polyester Explosion"... and it's a mess, indeed.
Confused? Well, maybe I had better back up a bit.
I decided to charge up my air conditioning system today. Now let me start by saying that I hate air conditioning; as it always gives me a headache. I figure that if you want to cool down, well, that's what windows are for. But, with the DeLorean, I'm told air conditioning is something of a necessity. So, I bought all the remaining parts I'd need this morning. I took some good notes with part numbers and procedures for a future post on retrofitting your D to R134a. However, I'll save that for another day.
I charged up the system, and it was blowing nice cold air, and the pressure on both sides was just fine. One little problem went unnoticed, though. The bolt that I used to hold the clamp on the back of the compressor was about 1/2" too short, and didn't thread into the casing very deeply. What resulted was an explosion with all the subtlety and grace of Mt. St. Helens. A geyser of polyester oil shot about 30 feet in the air, wafting gently on the wind to settle on pretty much every car in my neighborhood. It also covered my entire engine and interior with a fine coat of oil. Sigggghhhhhh....
The explosion did little other damage, save for the back of the compressor. The mounting boss between the suction and discharge side on the rear of the compressor was ripped right off. I guess I won't have air for a little while.
If anyone needs me, I'll be washing my neighbors' cars.
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