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Old 05-09-2009, 04:27 PM
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hey guys,

I'm in the middle... err starting to pull out my enging in my '99 dodge ram 1500. (long story). I want to rebuild it and maybe put some performance mods back into the engine. However because the truck is sitting on 35" tires, 4" suspension lift, i need to take out the rad/air condensor unit and the top cross member (aka rad support). I have a 2 ton engine hoist but even thats not tall enough to get the engine out. ... go big or go home does have some disadvantages heh...

My question is... how do i discharge the ac lines, taking the truck to dealership is not an option. If the truck were to start, it would just do extra damage to the block. Any suggestions or comments.

If i have to get/rent tools thats fine. I know the hanes manual says to take it to the dealership, but thats not an option.

I've got rad disconnected from the truck, the oil cooler lines removed. I dont think i can leave it lying off to the side because 1) where ever i would put/rest the rad it would get in the way of taking out the engine or it would get in the way of the 2 ton engine hosit.

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Well, I know this is not right but I just open the line and let it out. 99 has R-134 so it's not as bad as R-12

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When you are letting it out try not to breath it in, do it in well vented area and be careful.
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Old 05-10-2009, 12:05 AM
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after finally getting a hold of my my mechanic friend he said the same thing... the biggest thing i was worried about was what the hanes manual said was a "special tool" to remove the connection on the tube that goes to the bottom of the condenser. When he told me it was just a regular fuel/oil cooler line removal tool i depressurized the system.

I was worried i needed a special crimper or something to get it off and back on.

Got the rad, a/c condenser, rad support outta the way. the engine is disconnected, tomorrow gonna pick up a throttle body plate to hook up the enghine hoist and then remove the engine.

thanks for the responses guys!
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