Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Hot and bothered

I overheard my father say he was an "ass man" and, quite honestly, I threw up a little bit in my mouth! But, hey, good for him, I guess. I, too, appreciate a good looking behind, so when I brought Louis home in April I thought the air conditioning unit sticking out of his behind looked like a hemorrhoid in dire need of attention. Before I unhooked Louis from my truck, I popped that AC unit out of the back window (cut open by a previous owner and rigged in pretty tight). This was, hands down, one of the most difficult projects I attacked on my restoration project. Clearly the previous owner did a darn good job in getting this puppy in the Scotty, because it took me the better part of two hours to get it out. That was April. It was cool, breezy and I couldn't imagine needing AC in this tiny, little abode. Now it's mid-July and the Hudson Valley feels like Vietnam and I keep finding myself asking, "did I make a mistake taking that out? I still DESPISE the way it looks in the back (no offense to anyone that has one similar), but there must be a way to pop one back in (I found a used AC unit on Craigs list, met the guy in a parking lot because I'm still a little Leary of the Craigslisters, and snagged this one for $25!). So, here's what I've done (after pics will come shortly), but I've figured out a way to slide it in when I'm at camp, making it secure enough that bugs and water won't get in. Maybe it's just my giving up on finding a replacement window, or the heat is getting to me so much I've thrown my design aesthetics out the window!
(photo is louis on the day after I brought him home, before tearing out the awful eyesore)


  1. I was wondering how long it would take you to put the AC back in to Louis!!!! I'm going to have to find a place for one in my Tuscan house--I can't stand the summer!!!

  2. My husband and I have been following your restoration. Actually, you've inspired us to get to work on our Scotty that we've been putting off working on. We have the same situation here. Unfortunately, the previous owners ruined the window. Fortunately, we we're able to find a new one on ebay (pick up only)just last week. We are going to mount our air conditioner either under the booth seat by the door, under the bed, or above the fridge area, we haven't decided yet. The roof and window mounted air conditioners are just too ugly; we may like to camp but we're not savages;). Thanks Paul for the inspiration!