I had been calling around a number of shops looking for someone to drain the R12 refrigerant from my A/C prior to removing the engine. Very few were even interested in touching it. My regular shop said they'd do it ... but for $50 over their regular A/C maintenance package - sheesh!
I called the Midas shop next door and they said they would do it for their regular fee, so at lunchtime I brought the car in and I got a bit of good news - they only charged me half ... I guess because they only did half the work. So another $45 'saved'. Guess where I'll be going when I need to recharge the A/C?
Now I need a couple of days good weather so I can drive off the remaining 1/4 tank of gas (the roof leaks so I can't drive on the rain at the moment).