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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 11:04 pm 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:19 am 
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Choice! does it work though? have you thought about making a cool suit?


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 6:27 am 
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Dattman wrote:
Choice! does it work though? have you thought about making a cool suit?

Yeah, tuck pipe under shirt and down pants :lol:

Small one to plug into helmet :?:

Also interested in how it goes. Saw some commercial units on amazon but had really mixed reviews on how much cool air they can move.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 7:44 am 
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The key is the 12 volt fan--I happened to find that one at a truck stop and it moves a good amount of air. My first experiments involved just dumping ice cubes on top of the swamp cooler matrix--that definitely provided some nice cool air, but didn't last very long (too much surface area). Now I've got six 8oz soda bottles filled with ice that have weep holes punched in them so they will trickle into the matrix when they melt and some ducting to get the air to the bottom of the cooler so it's really forced through the matrix.

I am hoping for at least an hour of cold air with this setup--I'll test today and let everybody know how it goes. This contraption may be in the race car, but it isn't really for racing, though it would probably work better ducted into a helmet or suit. I can get out of the car between autocross runs and we travel to less heinously hot areas to autocross this time of year. It's primary purpose is really to keep the baby alive if we have to take the Swift on a road trip :roll:

The baby gets the best of it too, as he gets the shortest duct and it really moves a decent amount of cool air. The other two definitely take the edge off when stuffed in the shirt, but don't compare to real AC. With only one hose, it would rock!

It looks like we'll need this to work because the Volvo wagon we bought blew a head gasket at a bad time. I replaced it, then it blew immediately again, so I've got some potentially difficult troubleshooting there. It also broke 860 miles away from home and we had to leave it there, so it will be a Swift family road trip in a few weeks as I don't have time between now and then to retrieve it and put a new motor or another headgasket in it :D

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 2:58 pm 
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Continued experiments are not encouraging--the 8 oz bottles kept the ice from melting immediately and let the water trickle into the cooler pad nice and slowly, but as soon as the ice wasn't contacting the outside of the bottle (and therefore the air) everything got much warmer.

I am going to look at messing with where and how I've got the cooler pad stuffed in there to make the evaporative cooling part of the apparatus work better, but I don't have high hopes. The whole thing totally works 8) for about 20 minutes at most :oops:
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Maybe I will build cool suits for the entire family instead.


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Location: Palm Springs: Too hot from June to Oct.!
At 8am it was over 90F.
Temps in the shade here today were 105F plus.
That equates to direct sunlight temps well above 200F.
Put an oven thermometer on your dash and take a picture when the car is in the direct sun.
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Then, add 20 pounds of factory A/C and 12 ounces of refrigerant:
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With a fairly new radiator, the A/C will cool you fine on the hottest of days and not overheat your engine.
Without it, the wife will smack you in the head until you get the message.
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You lose a mile or three per gallon of gasoline, but it makes the drive - 'no sweat' for the baby.

With your Volvo on the fritz, your GT must step up to the plate.
Drive early in the morning or after dark.

Years ago we used to strap canvass bags of water to the radiator:
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You would wet the bag and the wind would cool the water.
In an emergency, you'd drink it, but hopefully it was only used for the radiator.

Heat in the desert during the Summer is no joking matter.
A mechanic has to have his $hit together and all the parts have to be 'tits'.
It is a very unforgiving environment.
In 5 minutes, you can blow an engine.

You'll think of something.

This idiot neighbor of mine decided to rent a car and head to Death Valley:
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/ap-p ... c4cXDu1Epk

Hint: don't you do that, eh?

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Last time in death valley for me was summer of 2009. Motorcycle trip with west coast riding buddies.
from badwater, Dante's view, furnace creek, to scotties castle, never below 120. Hot? Yes, but to this deep
South native, felt like AC compared to our double triple digit climate. 100+ and 100%.

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