T-buckets can be most excellent hotrods!
As I have said many times in the past, T-buckets are not necessarily the best project for the beginner rodder. If a guy pays attention to what he's doing and uses his head he can build/buy/rebuild a T-bucket that is good handling, comfortable riding and great looking and not spend a fortune doing it!
The rain and storm issue is moot, if you're a roadster-rider you won't care about the wet (it dries) and if you're not a roadster-rider don't try to be! No one wants to hear a guy with a topless car whining about the weather. GEEZ!
These wonderful little cars usually weigh in at 2000 lbs. or less. So with a stock any-make V8 they are interstellar rocketships, with a stock any-make L- or V-6 they are our universe rocketships, and with a stock or HOT L4 they are our solar system rocketships!
Get my drift?