Friday, July 27, 2012

Driver Comfort

Do to the very hot summer we have been having and the fact that we are racing in August this year we decided to install a driver cooling system.

After reading every thread I could find on the Lemons forum and looking a some of the manufactures of cooling systems,  I drew up this diagram


After spending sometime on the McMaster-Carr website, I came up with the parts list for connectors and tubing, some of that info is on the picture above.

The 2 other pieces to the puzzle were the pump and the cooler.

The pump needed to be 12vdc,  be submersible, and move a decent amount of water. My research led me to bilge pumps for marine use.  They are designed to be submerged in water, pump at a good rate and are 12vdc


The pump came from Amazon the dvd was thrown in to qualify for the free shipping.

For the cooler we just ended up getting a large blue $20 cooler at Kmart

Since I had all the parts, I worked on my shirt first here are some pictures;
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We will see how well it works, but it wasn't all that hard to put together. I wonder what the other guys shirts will end-up looking like?

For the cooler side , just drilled some holes, Installed the bulkhead quick release connections and caulked up the holes

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Still need to attach the pump to the bottom of the cooler and get it all mounted and connected in the car.

Hope to have an opportunity to at least test the system with some water and my shirt this weekend.