SciTechBlog   « Back to Blog Main
July 31, 2008

Desert heat

Posted: 08:19 AM ET

Wednesday was quite the full day for us, as we blogged, broadcasted and outfitted our 1978 Scout while trekking through the desert heat of California and Nevada. (See our "vlog" video blog about it here.)

nevada.motel

Yes we're staying in a hotel. It's mercifully close to where our live shot is on Thursday.

In the morning, we drilled holes in the Scout to mount solar panels that will power our gadgets.

Then after lunch (see blog entry below), we picked up a spare tire (don't tell my mom we drove 500 miles without one!) and headed out toward Vegas.

We made it to Barstow, California, before the heat got to us, the Scout and our batteries. My ever-drained, precious iPhone just wouldn't charge.

We took the opportunity to cool the truck off by parking in a lonely spot of shade outside a True Value home center. Several friendly staffers informed us that it was 104 degrees Fahrenheit and that we should be driving at night, when tempuratures are cooler.

After getting the solar panels installed we headed out on the road again. The Scout's temperature gauge occasionally climbed to previously unseen heights. We muddled through and finally arrived at our motel - which is mercifully only minutes away from Hoover Dam.

See ya at the dam!

– Cody

Posted by:
Filed under: environment • Road trip


Share this on:
Nic "Scoutman" Hawker   July 31st, 2008 9:06 am ET

Hi Cody,
The Scout's temp gauge runs off of a resistance system. The lower the resistance, the high the gauge reads. The "C" and "H" (meaning cold and hot) are not representative of actual temperatures. Each Scout is a little different because of the different resistances in each system because of age, corrosion, dirt, etc.
So what you should be looking for are "trends". Since you haven't driven the Scout for too long you just have to start monitoring the trends. If I were you, I would check the coolant level every day and make sure that the radiator cap is in good condition and that you close it tightly after each fluid check. Your coolant should be a nice bright green or orange color. If its watery looking or brown, then you need to have it changed before headin' off into the desert. Make sure that the radiator and heater hoses aren't overly squishy and that they don't appear to bulge when the engine is up to operating temperature.
If the temp starts to worry you, you can buy a laser thermometer at most auto parts stores. Aim this at the engine side of the upper radiator hose and take a reading. It should read about 220 degrees F with the engine running and up to temp. 235 is about the max limit. After taking the reading, go look at the temp gauge (sit in the driver's seat to make sure that you're going to have the same perspective) and see where it's at when the enginge is at 220 degrees. If it starts to climb well above that point when you are driving then , I hate to tell you this, turn the heater on. That will give you one more "radiator" taking heat from the engine.
Good Luck,
Nic


leezechka   July 31st, 2008 6:32 pm ET

I would like to say that I told you over a week ago to do the desert driving at night! 😛


lunasea   July 31st, 2008 7:47 pm ET

If ya haven't been told already or found out on your own, when ya have to turn the heater on push it over to defrost w/ the fan on high. That'll shove most of the hot air up and out the windows. Hopefully. It does drop the engine temp dramatically. Goodluck.


Nic "Scoutman" Hawker   August 1st, 2008 10:12 am ET

Good addition Lunasea, the defrost option does help. If you do that Cody, try cracking open the wing windows about 2 inches on each side. That will help to suck out the hot air and will keep it out of your face.
Also, I noticed from some of the video that the Scout has and old AC plenum under the dash. If you stick your head down on the passenger side floor board and look at the right hand kick panel forward of the AC plenum, you'll see a vent there. Pull the tiny little handle (located in the center of the vent) toward the back of the truck and this will let fresh air into the cab.
There is a vent control knob on the driver's side to open a vent over there. It's a 3/4 inch knob just below the parking brake release. pull it back and it should open the vent. If it pulls too easy, then the cable probably came loose. You can still open the vent manually by crawling down on the floor baord and open it manually. You can use rubber bands to ensure that the vents stay open.
One more tip. You can leave the lift gate open on the back while driving. Scouts are made of some tough stuff and the struts will normally hold the lift gate open even if you drive over bumps. If the mechanisims are dirty or stuck, clean them with some WD-40. You can see how the little lock tabs work. Since you have to lift up again to get them to release, holding a little downward force on them will help to keep the lift gate in the open position. Use a bungee cord to supply that downward force.
Good Luck and Happy Scouting,
Nic


Isaac Intihar   June 20th, 2013 11:47 pm ET

i reall love the smell of fresh air, it is really very refreshing to the lungs and the nose as well.`;"*

All the best
http://www.healthfitnessbook.comdo


detectives privados orihuela   December 12th, 2020 2:05 am ET

detectives privados en pozuelo

https://www.argadetectives.com/pinto.html


Denita Palmore   December 14th, 2020 4:49 am ET

HighTicket Hijack PRO Software. 200000 visitors per day! Click on my profile name for more details

https://bit.ly/36G1mcW


Arianne Sandri   December 20th, 2020 6:56 pm ET

Excellent post. I was checking constantly this blog and I am impressed! Very helpful information specifically the last part I care for such information much. I was looking for this particular information for a very long time. Thank you and best of luck.

http://6dollarmillion.xyz


Nicolas Kiester   December 21st, 2020 7:58 pm ET

F*ckin’ amazing things here. I’m very happy to see your article. Thanks so much and i am looking ahead to contact you. Will you please drop me a mail?

https://google.com.ni/url?q=https://youtu.be/DYISRjtfuRU


Roman Dugat   December 24th, 2020 12:12 am ET

Nice post. I was checking constantly this weblog and I'm inspired! Very helpful info specifically the last section 🙂 I deal with such info a lot. I was looking for this particular info for a long time. Thank you and best of luck.

http://maps.google.ro/url?q=https://youtu.be/RlcvPsjXbJY


Freeman Getchell   December 24th, 2020 1:00 am ET

You can certainly see your skills in the work you write. The world hopes for even more passionate writers like you who aren't afraid to say how they believe. Always follow your heart.

http://cse.google.ge/url?q=https://youtu.be/m-ffFXqwDv0


reduslim 24   December 24th, 2020 9:01 am ET

I’ve read a few good stuff here. Definitely worth bookmarking for revisiting. I surprise how much effort you put to create such a great informative website.

https://cli.re/reduslim-de


Darrick Lucash   December 24th, 2020 10:17 am ET

Hi there! Do you know if they make any plugins to help with Search Engine Optimization? I'm trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I'm not seeing very good results. If you know of any please share. Thanks!

http://maps.google.com.pg/url?q=https://youtu.be/RlcvPsjXbJY


make money fast   December 26th, 2020 2:50 pm ET

Imagine getting hundreds of people flooding your inbox on autopilot, 24/7 with 100 percent commissions of $500 a day. This is made thanks to traffic conveyed on autopilot over various “viral tiers”. More details: https://bit.ly/2YfQFcC

https://bit.ly/2YfQFcC


Fausto Abrego   December 27th, 2020 6:16 pm ET

Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It in fact used to be a entertainment account it. Look complicated to far introduced agreeable from you! By the way, how could we be in contact?

http://royalty-rate.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=gumroad.com/ketolightplus/p/revision-de-keto-light-plus-suplemento-natural-basado-en-la-dieta-keto


Neida Brendeland   December 27th, 2020 11:47 pm ET

Wow, incredible blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is great, let alone the content!

http://gafinehomes.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=gumroad.com/matchaslimes/p/matcha-slim-nazory-cena-kde-kupit-vlastnosti-a-vyhody-45122ea4-f720-4a34-8375-5c36e859dd54


cheap zyprexa   January 10th, 2021 4:02 am ET

Thanks for the tips about credit repair on this blog. Things i would advice people would be to give up the mentality that they'll buy right now and pay later. As a society all of us tend to do this for many things. This includes holidays, furniture, as well as items we want. However, you have to separate your own wants from all the needs. When you are working to improve your credit rating score you have to make some sacrifices. For example you are able to shop online to save money or you can turn to second hand shops instead of costly department stores with regard to clothing. https://zyprexaolanzapine.com/#


Keli Burkin   January 11th, 2021 12:00 am ET

I got what you intend, appreciate it for putting up.Woh I am delighted to find this website through google. "Money is the most egalitarian force in society. It confers power on whoever holds it." by Roger Starr.

https://www.electricpercolatorcoffeepot.com/10-top-coffee-bloggers/


Thurman Maggie   January 12th, 2021 1:27 am ET

You made some first rate factors there. I regarded on the web for the problem and located most people will associate with with your website.

http://yourmatrixcashmachine.com


Leave Your Comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.


subscribe RSS Icon
About this blog

Are you a gadgethead? Do you spend hours a day online? Or are you just curious about how technology impacts your life? In this digital age, it's increasingly important to be fluent, or at least familiar, with the big tech trends. From gadgets to Google, smartphones to social media, this blog will help keep you informed.

subscribe RSS Icon
twitter
Powered by WordPress.com VIP