It's no secret that Texas summers are hot, whether or not you believe in global warming. Civil Engineer Scott Dawson had gone through 3 years of Houston summers without A/C, and decided he'd had enough. So, rather than spending $1200 to get the A/C fixed on a car he planned to get rid of soon, he decided to go the cheap route. He took a home window air conditioning unit (they are pretty cheap, right?), bolted and wired it to his car, and created what is definitely not going to be a babe magnet.
Now, I can't imagine this engineer didn't at least think about the added drag on his car while driving, and the additional weight of the unit - and what it would do to his MPG - so was there something else behind all this? Like getting his 15 minutes of fame perhaps?
Anyway, I also can't believe $1200 for A/C repair - unless he went to a dealer, which is bound to have outrageous prices, rather than someone else, that seems waaaaay too high.