Thermador Swamp Cooler for VW

January 02, 1998

You can't be olde skool without an original thermador car cooler. Basically it's air-conditioning that uses no energy. Inside the big gray tube is a blanket with a string attached that hangs in the passenger window. You fill the tube up with water before you start driving, then every so often you pull the cord. It rotates the blanket inside and dips it in the water. Then air comes through the tube, it becomes cool by going through the wet blanket and finally goes into your car. Obviously it doesn't work in high humidity or when you're at a stoplight.

You can find the originals at flea markets, swap meets, VW shows or eBay.

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