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      DIY Glove-box cooling for my Santro

      Hi friends,
      This was my project from the last weekend.
      Posting the step-by-step snaps for you....
      Glove box before the work.
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      Remove the screw to take the bottom panel out. and rest is removing it form press fit (some latches or so - flast head screwdrive helps)
      You can see the A/c vents below from where I plan to pull the cold air from. There are 2 vents and I want to use only one and close the rest.
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      Removed the bottom panel
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      A pipe bought at an electricl shop. Rs15 per meter.
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      Cut round hole matching the dia of the pipe on the bottom panel of glovebox. I got a cheap chinese drill there..
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      The plastic pipe is neatly inserted
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      Using the packing material sheet for thermal insulation, around the pipe
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      A cut piece from masquito net to cover the hole so that nothing falls in it
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      The assmbly if fitted back now. Secured the plastic with a tie. Another end is connected to the vent I shown in first pic.
      Rest of the vent holes are closed with sponge material.

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      Test run, cooled the water in the bottle very well. Will use it more to give you the figures!

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      Excellent job. Very practical & useful, without too much fuss.

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      Very nice . Neatly done. If it could give a decent cooling capacity ,would be fun to carry around beers in the glove box

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      hahaha..crap.. what if some bottle leaks in the glove box ?

      you also used the foam packing of a fastrack watch I'am impressed..
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      Quote Originally Posted by Dinesh Sachdev View Post
      hahaha..crap.. what if some bottle leaks in the glove box ?

      you also used the foam packing of a fastrack watch I'am impressed..
      Foam packing of the watch ( not sure if it is from fastrack though. You are the watch guy, so i have no arguments on that though) is not used in this project. I had that for my another project based on peltier module.

      Thanks for the concern on leaky bottle causing an issue. Since the pipe is not at the surface level, liquid must not enter in the pipe, but sure would be a mess around glovebox. A leaking bottle does almost the same, anywhere in the case, if it leaks.
      But for storing chocolates, fruit juice in tetrapack etc. , there should be no problem. That is exactly my main usage going to be during my long drives with family.

      Here is the result of 10 mins drive with a/c knob and circualtion control positions shown in the snap.
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      I am also planning to put some thermal insulation around the compartment walls from inside which should help with better result and also retain the cool inside for some more time after the drive.

      Thanks guys for nice words and liking this
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      To compliment on your work - A Loud
      If you pulled out one of those output from the A/C, then, wouldn't one of the blowers stop blowing the cold air?

      Sorry about an OT - But Shyam, you've the same Pioneer HUD as I do on my WagonR

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      Quote Originally Posted by Aargee View Post
      To compliment on your work - A Loud
      If you pulled out one of those output from the A/C, then, wouldn't one of the blowers stop blowing the cold air?

      Sorry about an OT - But Shyam, you've the same Pioneer HUD as I do on my WagonR
      Thanks RG.
      Yep. The vent in Passenger side from leg-space area would not blow cold air anymore. The joint at the vent I made is leaking some air though. It is just a push fit I made and no glue and packing used there..

      (Good to know you too have the P 6950... only it lacks is the USB option for me.)
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      Wow, the DIY man is at it again
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      Very well done. But is this specific only to the santro? most of the vehicles do not have the A/C vents as shown in your pics.

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