• Aug 10, 2007
Scott Dawson finally had enough. After three years of motoring around town with no A/C in his car, this civil engineering grad from the University of Houston decided to do something about it. Rather than coughing up the $1,200 in cash to fix the A/C inside his car, he just bolted an aftermarket unit to the outside of his car. The cooler of choice for Dawson was a home-intended window A/C unit from Samsung. He just cut a whole in his roof and strapped it down and ran some duct work to blow air right on his head. Besides the bolts and brackets, a pair of bungee cords also helps secure the unit, which probably doesn't do much for aerodynamics likely limits carwash options, but looks powerful enough to routinely handle triple digit temps. It's crude, but likely very effective.

Go see the rest of the pics by clicking the Read link below. The story and gallery links are right below the "Breaking News" blurb: "Hot Weather Forces Partial Highway Closure." Maybe they need roadside A/C units. Too funny.

Thanks for the tip, Tony!

[Source: KRIV TV - Fox 26 Houston]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Personally, I think the man's a freakin' genius. I mean, let's look at the facts:

      1. The car is a Pontiac Grand Am that is, according to Dawson himself, well past its prime and about to be gotten rid of. (I saw the video -- he said so.)

      2. He spent MAYBE $150 for everything he used. And in the video, those appear to be adjustable truck-type tie-down straps, NOT bungee cords. Pretty safe, if you ask me.

      3. More recent Energy Star-rated A/C units are not as piggish with electrical usage as older ones. So it's entirely possible that, if he used a 300W inverter, he'd be just fine as long as his alternator is in good shape.

      I'll admit that I'm inspired. I've got an old beater '87 Ford pickup with no AC from the factory, and if I can find a unit small enough to fit the sliding back glass, you'd better believe I'll be setting up my own similar unit. It'd be a heckuva lot cheaper than trading a truck I really like, and likewise it'll be more comfortable.

      What's the old saying again? "Necessity is the mother of invention." It's not a perfect solution, but by God, it's better than nothing!
      • 7 Years Ago
      There has to be some law broken with that setup. It's completely unsafe and uncertified. He's going to feel like a dumbass when that thing falls off, hits the car behind him, injures the other driver, and he ends up paying out the ass for insurance and whatever legal costs come with the guaranteed lawsuit that is sure to follow. Oh not to mention whatever fines he's going to have to pay after the cops are done and let's not forget the extra gas that comes from completely ruining his gas mileage with the increase in drag.

      I pray some policeman pulls him over ASAP.
      • 7 Years Ago
      He'll get a job designing bridges, and 40 years from now his bridges will be on the news.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If this idiot is representative of the caliber of our engineering students/grads then America is in much worse shape than I previously thought.

      Meanwhile, the heater went in my Jeep.. perhaps I'll just install a woodburning stove rather than having it fixed...
      • 7 Years Ago
      So the air conditioner is just going to fry in the sun and stop working completely after a week. And what happens when it rains? What an idiot.
      • 7 Years Ago
      There's some yahoo here in Austin that replaced the rear window with plexiglass, put an A/C unit it it, then attached a generator to his rear bumper!!! I wonder if they are related?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Interesting. Guess he lives in a pretty safe neighborhood.
      • 7 Years Ago
      so now he has over $1,200 worth of body damage in the form of a freakin hole through the roof of his car. Brilliant!

      I would hate to see what happens to that AC unit in an accident - could you imagine having it fly off and smash into another vehicle.
      • 7 Years Ago
      too cool. wonder where the thing drips off to?
        • 7 Years Ago
        It drips into a BigGulp cup in his cup holder - now he saves money on drinks too!
      • 7 Years Ago
      A few comments:

      1. He put it on the car so the cold air blows forward, very ineffective at speed since the wind resistance is pushing it back

      2. He put open ductwork to route the cold air forward and into the cabin (very little air will make it through at speed). Closed ductwork would have been much better.

      3. I'm willing to bet his fuel economy will suffer a LOT more than standard vehicle AC due to the additional load on the alternator

      4. He will likely have premature alternator/battery failure unless he has upgraded both (which I doubt)

      5. While some say it looks like he bolted it down well, something tells me that kind of load on the roof of a tin can like that Saturn is bound to rip off the car and find its way into the opposing car in a head on collision

      6. Note to self: NEVER hire a civil enginer from the University of Houston ;)
        • 7 Years Ago
        Note to you: find a sense of humor and staple it to your forehead, regardless of wind resistance concerns.
      • 7 Years Ago
      moron

      maybe he shoud have flunked cause i hat eto see him making a repair on a bridge ob building

      he might just use duck tape
      • 7 Years Ago
      Haha, I saw this on the news the other day. I work by his neighborhood... "Sharpstown". That place is so ghetto and poor, it's not even funny.
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