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Updating The Poor Man’s Swamp Cooler Part I

DIY Vintage Swamp CoolerDIY Vintage Swamp CoolerDIY Vintage Swamp CoolerDIY Vintage Swamp CoolerDIY Vintage Swamp CoolerIt’s time to take our “vintage looking” swamp cooler and really make it look vintage. The prices for real vintage swamp coolers are through the roof. Last year we found a guy who sells reproduction swamp coolers that are actually pretty functional at fraction of the cost of real vintage swamp coolers. We’ve used it for over a year and have been very pleased with it. Now it’s time to start upgrading it to actually look a little more vintage or at least my vision of vintage. Part I of this upgrade is complete and outlined in the following video. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait for some warmer days to move on to Part II. Enjoy the video, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Also, to ensure future videos and tutorials, please “Like” this video and consider subscribing to our channel.

Custom Matchbox Gangster Car

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Custom Matchbox Barn Find VW Bus

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Custom Hot Wheels VW SP2

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Still playing around with some different weathering techniques. This VW SP2 was a good candidate to try new textures with common household cooking products. I love the way that it turned out other than the fact that this particular car in real life would have a lot of fiberglass parts that wouldn’t really rust. The display overall is much better than I had originally envisioned! Makes me look forward to the next one.

Custom Hot Wheels VW Beetle Camper

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Beer Tap Handle Shift Know & Boot

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Radio Flyer Restoration Part IV Finale’

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