Swamp Cooler Complete

Swamp Cooler CompletedSwamp Cooler CompletedSwamp Cooler CompletedSwamp Cooler CompletedSwamp Cooler CompletedSwamp Cooler CompletedSwamp Cooler CompletedFinished the last step of the swamp cooler this afternoon. Some people include a brace/stand with their cooler, some people don’t. Even though this repo is actually lighter than the original cooler of the 60’s, I thought a support was warranted. I made this one myself with some aluminum tube, all thread and a piece of a aluminum yard stick. Added a suction cup for added support, some fresh paint and it works like a charm. This was a beta build and I may redo it in the future, but for now, it’s perfect.

Poor Man’s Swamp Cooler

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This replica swamp cooler is just what you need to give your ride that vintage look. I originally made one of these swamp coolers for my corvair. I received so many compliments I decided to make more for those who didn’t want to pay the big bucks for an original one. So here it is; this one up for sale is new. It is only a replica as in it is hollow so you don’t add water to this one. However it is functional as a blower, it really moves a lot of air into the car. You can also add ice to the cooler by simply pouring it in the window slot. I get compliments and people asking if its original every time I drive my car. This swamp cooler is professionally built using precision machined parts. It is made from solid 3/8″ thick industrial grade plastic. It is very heavy duty and weighs 8lbs (which is less then the dry weight of an original one). It will mount nice and snug. There won’t be any rattles or vibrations even at highway speeds. This one up for auction is just like the ones pictured except it is NOT PAINTED. It is ready and very easy to paint, all that is required is fine sanding to clean and prep the surface then apply your choice of paint. The grill is removable so you can paint the inside black which helps hide the lack of internal parts. If you need any guidance with painting just let me know and I can walk you through it.

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Mabel Finally Gets A Surfboard

New Surfboard For MabelNew Surfboard For MabelNew Surfboard For MabelNew Surfboard For MabelVintage VW Repair CaseAfter searching and searching for the past year or so, Mabel finally gets a surfboard. They’re not easy to find in northeastern Kentucky. Luckily, some friends of ours were at a show, found one and Lenora got it for me for our anniversary! How cool is that? I eventually want to get a vintage 60’s board, but this one is a vintage early 70’s Rusty brand board and will do just fine for now. Got another surprise coming soon, hopefully in the next week or so!

Sneak Peek

ThermadorJust a sneak peek of what’s on the way. Next project coming up soon!

Just Some New Pics

VW Hub Cap ClockVW Hub Cap ClockUpdated BlingUpdated BlingUpdated BlingUpdated BlingJoe's Crab Shack BucketFan UpdateThis past Sunday, we visited the Cincinnati Zoo, then stopped at Joe’s Crab Shack in Bellevue, Ky. on the way home. I immediately noticed the Corona and Miller Lite buckets sitting on all of the tables. I thought the Corona bucket would be a great complement to our J C Higgins cooler so I inquired about purchasing one. Our cool waitress checked with her manager and she told us that it was cool just to take it with us. So, props to the Joe’s Crab Shack in Bellevue, it’s a perfect complement to our J C Higgins cooler. I also replaced the center logo on the fan that I installed last weekend, just to make it look even more VW. I like the little details that we can add to these cars just to make them that much more personal. I also updated our VW hub cap clock. Found new clock workings that fit the look a little better.

“Dash” Fan In Action

A lot of people have emailed and posted on Facebook groups wanting to see the dash fan in action. So, here you go….only caveat to this type of install is that you can only open your glove box about half way. However, if you install it the way that I did, you can easily lift the fan assembly up and out of the way. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

New Dash Fan

Dash Fan InstallDash Fan InstallDash Fan InstallDash Fan InstallDash Fan InstallDash Fan InstallDash Fan InstallDash Fan InstallDash Fan InstallDash Fan InstallDash Fan InstallDash Fan For Our 1968 VW BeetleDash Fan For Our 1968 VW BeetleDash Fan For Our 1968 VW BeetleDash Fan For Our 1968 VW BeetleA week or so ago I took Mabel to a local car show. Unfortunately, it was very hot outside and the temp inside the car was even worse even though it was a short drive. I was looking around for window mounted or dash mounted fans and found many modern, plastic fans and blowers available. I wanted something that at least looked a little vintage but still worked well. I my mind, I was visioning the old school bus fans that were used to help keep the drivers cool. I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for, but I did find a ALEKO CF02 mini (6″) fan that looked pretty close to the look I wanted. It was advertised as having an adhesive base for mounting, but that part wasn’t true. This fan is pretty heavy, no way any adhesive is going to secure it. Anyhow, I ordered it, it arrived and I was pretty satisfied with the quality. But as I mentioned, for it’s size, it’s pretty heavy. Obviously, there was no way to mount it to the windshield, so I had to come up with a way to mount it to a flat dash without drilling any holes or doing anything to make it permanent. So after kicking around a few ideas, I figured I’d let the weight of the fan work to my advantage. I used a piece of 1/8″ scrap aluminum to make a bracket that would straddle itself between the top of the dash and windshield rubber, then used the screw for the dash pad to keep it from moving. After a few hit and misses, it worked like a charm. Threw on a little paint and it looks like it could’ve been there the whole time. The fan cost $16.99 on Amazon and I’ve got about 3 hours in the whole project. I’ll call this one a success…..

The 12 volt auxiliary had already been added. You can see how I did it by clicking here!