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Hot Rods Driving a Model A on highways?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by supercab78, Jun 24, 2014.

  1. supercab78
    Joined: Dec 19, 2011
    Posts: 62


    Thanks for the replies everyone. I didn't mind the wind noise it just of caught me by surprise the first time over 45 MPH. I'm glad I'll to be able to open the window a little on the highway also.
  2. Thirtycoup
    Joined: Jul 21, 2002
    Posts: 1,198


    Drive with mine open and inch or two all the time and on the highway 65-70.... just make sure it is secured good and tight. Not sure if this recommendation was made before but driving after dark almost certainly requires it to be open at least an inch or so to kill some the oncoming headlight, streetlight, advertising light glare bouncing around inside, it will drive you nuts.
  3. weps
    Joined: Aug 1, 2008
    Posts: 534

    from auburn,IN

    I think that I am going to add that to my tag line!
  4. Speed~On
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 1,315


    Don't worry about the wind noise. Any Model A hot rod driven at highway speed will be a bit noisy. Don't fear that wind noise, that's just how it is.....enjoy the experience.

    As far as your vinyl top, here is the deal...
    You may notice once you stop and get out that there are now wrinkles in it. Almost like it was stretched out from the wind and now there's extra material. Don't worry, the wrinkles will soon be gone (anywhere from 10 minutes to maybe a few hours) as the vinyl top will return to being taught and look normal again.

    Have fun and stay safe.
  5. Moby
    Joined: May 18, 2014
    Posts: 138

    Member Emeritus

    Not only you, I got hit in the chest by a small bird.

    Back in the 70's, I had the windshield wide open on my 36 IHC at speed and a wounded wasp ended up on the seat half way under little Ralphie and the twins. That's when I learned I could drive standing up!

    Seriously, the more I lifted my butt, the further he went under my crotch and I couldn't come back down without consequences so I had to keep my ass up in the air. I managed to get my foot off the accelerator without lifting my heel and got it into neutral, so I coasted to a stop and managed to avoid any pain. Damn lucky.
  6. I have an older friend that says that wind noise is one mark of a hot rod, the others being engine and road noise, rattles and being buffeted even with all the windows closed.
    Merlin likes this.
  7. Watch out when you pass (are are passed by) the 18 wheelers. They push a lot of wind in front of them. You are already light in the front end due to the wind lifting the front fenders.

    Charlie Stephens
  8. Roger Walling
    Joined: Sep 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,146

    Roger Walling

    I have a duce roadster and when driving it at 65 mph and the windshield open about 3" it started raining real, real hard. People passing us thought we were crazy.
    The rain went over our heads and diden"t get a drop inside and none on the windshield!

    THEN... we had to stop for the toll booth...

    All was not lost though, I got the presidents trophy at the car show for our efforts.
    Joined: Mar 22, 2006
    Posts: 2,059

    from OHIO

    80 mph problem
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  10. flathead okie
    Joined: May 22, 2005
    Posts: 1,480

    flathead okie

    Mine has a loud whistle through the w/s @ 75 mph open or closed. Don't have a problem with the stretched top.

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