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Old 03-03-2010, 08:12 AM
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Open air driving.....

I just purchased a 1973 Glassic Ford Model A replica; it has a 302 with automatic. It has the convertible top and side curtain; but most likely i'll remove the top and drive as a roadster. My question; I've been to many car shows including the nationals in Lousville, are there any special care/prepartions rodders take when driving a roadster and rain storm comes?

Ive witnessed cars on the Interstate gong 70mph in the pouring rain and then see the same car at the event showing no ill efects of the rain. Do we just "grin and bear it" or is there some secret I'm not aware of?
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Old 03-03-2010, 09:30 AM
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I guess it's being "cool" factor; the car looks so much better with out the top, it's just plain ugly with the top folded down and drving down the road.
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I just purchased a 1973 Glassic Ford Model A replica; it has a 302 with automatic. It has the convertible top and side curtain; but most likely i'll remove the top and drive as a roadster. My question; I've been to many car shows including the nationals in Lousville, are there any special care/prepartions rodders take when driving a roadster and rain storm comes?

Ive witnessed cars on the Interstate gong 70mph in the pouring rain and then see the same car at the event showing no ill efects of the rain. Do we just "grin and bear it" or is there some secret I'm not aware of?
At 70 mph the rain will for the most part not even get you wet as it is carried over the windshield in the airstream above the front seat area.

However, at slow speeds and when coming to a stop, you will get drenched.

Rain suit for you and your passenger will help the comfort level. Armor-all for the interior upholstery helps some.

Just "GRIN" and ENJOY your ride!!! Looks good in the photo!
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Plan on getting wet if it rains. I always carry two rain suits, disposable type that folds small, at least the first time. Also a couple of plastic zip bags for my wallet and watch. I keep car registration and insurance paperwork in one always. When traveling also put luggage in garbage bag.
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Thanks for making my day.....I don't know how in world I would have gotten to sleep tonight without you sharing your opinion with me.
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You know Tech, you seem to have a wealth of information on most things mechanical but I got to tell ya....your statement to this man was one of the most chicken sh-- things I've heard in a long time. You're right, I guess it does take all kinds.
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...........Armor-all for the interior upholstery helps some.
Unless the interior is leather. Don't put Armor-all on leather because of the silicone in it.
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How bulky is the framework?.....Can ot fit into a duffel bag and be stored in the truck....or on that rack on the back?
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We use bikini tops on the jeeps and they work out ok..why not on a roadster??

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Another downside of not having the top in the summer is that its real easy to get sunburned.

Driving along with the top down on a sunny day is equivalent to having your arms and face at the beach for the same number of hours. You don't need to ask how I am able to verify how sunburned you can get .

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Brings back the memory of my first T-Bucket and the drenching my wife and I got one night coming home from a cruise-in.

We were about a mile from my daughter's house, called ahead and told her to get her car out of the garage pronto cause we were going to be there in about 2 minutes.

We got drenched a good one and had some laughs but it cleaned up okay and no damage. I will say that when you are in that situation you're going to feel some pressure to do something about it or get somewhere dry quickly. The thing that kept going through my mind was to take it easy (but oh Man I wanna get there and out of this rain)- I didn't have any idea how the car would handle on pavement which was under a downpour - but I was thinking with bigs and littles on a light car, 300 hp, a firm trans, 3.73 posi and straight axles it wasn't going to take much to break the back end loose and have it turn around on me. Something to think about the next time, but I was convinced I didn't want to ever repeat that experience. Good luck to you and be safe when you go.
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