Having just gone through this as part of a conversion, I think you would be much better off to plan on removing all brackets... I can not imagine any way to remove the compressor from that bracket with it on the car.
Hey, i fought taking my ps pump off my caddie for days after tuffy said it would cost about 600 to fix and i did it for less than 80 because the pump they said was bad was good with no leaks, it was the hoses that fixed my problem
2) remove the power steering steel bracket to the center of the engine.
3) The aluminum bracket is held on either by a long stud or most likely, a long bolt. It does not have to be detached from the pump. It is closest to the center of the engine. Remove the stud / bolt, and tie the power steering pump and bracket to the far left (remove the belt.
4) The compressor bracket is held on by 3 studs, could have been changed to bolts, etc. 6 point socket with extension and wobble works great. Either undo the bolts, or undo the nuts, and the compressor and bracket (heavy dog it is) slides right out, assuming the hoses have been removed.
I have pulled a bunch of these off on engines through the years, it is not hard, just work on each bolt / nut as it is exposed.
thank you. i thought it was just the 4 bolts. didnt know i had to remove everything else. i'll take a try at it. i am learning. it was my grandfathers car that he left me when he passed. i always thought it was the coolest car ever. so i'm working on restoring it little by little. but that ugly broken compressor was an eyesore and gets in the way of everything else. one day i'll replace it with a new one. but for now i just wanted to remove it.
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