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Old 01-07-2014, 06:01 AM
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How important are fenders?

My home state of Texas does not require fenders on cars, and I love the look of a fenderless '32 Ford Coupe.

But, if I really want to USE the car for actual transportation and trips, would I really regret not having fenders when it is raining?

I'm asking because I've never driven a genderless car in the rain.

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Old 01-07-2014, 07:09 AM
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You will have to take steps to waterproof the electrics and keep water out of the intake. A coupe shouldn't be too bad on interior stuff.

My fenderless bucket gets SOAKED in the rain. The engine does OK but the wide rear tires act like scoops, throwing water into the interior and the back side off the windshield. I usually spend a lot of time under the overpass bridges, with the bikers, in the rain.
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I think all cars are genderless, lol.

Maybe you could make a set of removable fenders to install for your longer trips. We have a bucket in our burnout competition every year that has removable fenders that he removes for the burnouts. The car looks really sharp either way.
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If you don't mind rock chips, road debris, water and mud go fenderless, and this can happen on a nice day. Fenderless can be really good looking but............
Find a bicycle and take the front and rear fenders off, go for bike ride, you'll answer your own question!
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who owns a bicycle with fenders?

I don't think the op plans on spending much time on gravel roads
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I have never liked the looks of 20's and 30's cars with no fenders. I get why they did it but they lose a lot of character without fenders in my opinion.
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who owns a bicycle with fenders?

I don't think the op plans on spending much time on gravel roads
Obviously you don't get it. Your right with your done learning statement, no doubt about that!!
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Here, the law is not whether a car has fenders or not.....It is what the tires throw off and hit other cars, people etc. In other words, it is up to the driver to prevent road spray, rocks etc being thrown around by your vehicle. Say you go out on a nice day with your fenderless car, not problem. However, if it rains on the way home and you are throwing spray onto that cop car behind you, you are likely getting a ticket.
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I've only been caught in a light rain once in my T, but it wasn't the rear tires that caused me problems, it was the rooster-tail off the fronts. if I made even a slight turn the spray onto the car/engine/passer-bys was massive. even though the top was on, it was not a good experience.
that being said, in decent weather it's very cool to be able to see the front tires dance along down the hiway. there's something very "basic" and fun about driving a fenderless car. it's like a summer skinny-dip with your favorite girl.

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A '30s coupe or sedan without fenders to me looks unfinished while a roadster can 'get away' without fenders. It's, IMO, a matter of balance in the basic car's design. Then, as stated above, the front wheel spray - and from experience on a long gone 'bucket, a good face wash will. as it did me, make up your mind. My current fun car, a '31 roadster, is full fendered after several facials with muddy front tire road spray.

You have to do what you prefer and what fits your driving needs, not what we suggest from our experiences.

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fenders or not

with owning 2 Tbuckets i can ecco the above post.. with that said both buckets did NOT have fenders, only if needed to go to dmv, they require them here.. been caught in major down pours and it is NOT fun.. build the car like a boat.. water proof as possible. make that water resistant, never h2o proof. i like the fenders that fit the tires closely.. u get the looks like none and fenders too.
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I've never driven "Lil Blue", as my dad called her, in the rain, but dad did. He packed a raincoat behind the seat to wear inside the cab when he got caught in the rain.
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I think all cars are genderless, lol.
No way are cars genderless! All cars are female! That's why we love 'em so much, even though they can aggravate the hell out of us and we don't know why!
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No way are cars genderless! All cars are female! That's why we love 'em so much, even though they can aggravate the hell out of us and we don't know why!
so if someone mistreats and abuses their cars we can just assume..........
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How about making up a set of cycle style fenders that fit close to the tires ...but not tooo close... then paint them flat black so they "blend in" with the tires more?
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