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Featured Hot Rods How do you deal with this summer heat when driving your hot rod

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. I drove the '50 Coupe to work today and on the way home the temperature had topped out at 101, I felt like a baked potato sitting in 5 o'clock traffic, I only live about 12 miles away but traffic made it rake a good 30 minute commute.

    A bottle of cold water rolled around on the back of the neck helped but I was wringing wet by the time I pulled in the driveway.

    What do you do to try and stay somewhat comfortable driving when the weather is this hot? HRP
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  2. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 9,529

    from Raytown Mo

    We booked it home from the 111 deg hamb drags a couple years ago in the 46 and the wind was so hot we rolled the windows up lol.

    That summer I got a really good handle on “tuning” the vent windows and smoking windows/ back vents was just fine for the three hour drive home.

    However sitting in traffic? Pretty miserable. Been thinking about a small fan on the dash. If the air was moving it would be way more tolerable
  3. Flathead Dave
    Joined: Mar 21, 2014
    Posts: 2,126

    Flathead Dave
    from So. Cal.

    I stopped going out in the heat unless I start out on a cool morning.

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  4. 62rebel
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
    Posts: 2,326


    Slow traffic is always going to make a hot day all the hotter. If I have the option I'll pull off and sit the heavy stuff out.
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  5. swifty
    Joined: Dec 25, 2005
    Posts: 1,530


    My wife carries a small squirt bottle full of cool water. Squirt the exposed skin and with the air flow through the cowl vent it's like a swamp cooler. When it's that hot doesn't matter if you wet some of the wrong areas LOL. Her 33 coupe gets pretty hot inside.
  6. I remember going to the Nationals in Memphis in my pals 32 Plymouth PB coupe and we kept towels in the ice chest and every time we stopped for gas we would soak the towels in the ice water and wrap them around our neck and shoulders, it helped.

    He swore he would never go to another nationals until he had air conditioning in the car, he never went to another one in that car but 3 years later we went in his Toyota SR5 powered/5 speed Anglia w/t air conditioning and I gotta admit it was a comfortable trip. HRP
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  7. Pretty sure I remember that year and that is when I met you. It was definitely HOT that day and my drive back to the OKC area was LONG!
  8. Oldioron
    Joined: Dec 12, 2018
    Posts: 712


    Anybody ever heard of air conditioning, you know park your butt on a ten pound bag of ice.
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  9. Valentines Speed Shop
    Joined: Jan 1, 2009
    Posts: 52

    Valentines Speed Shop
    from Boxiron,MD

    It's been so hot this year, I'm planning on installing AC in our Willys this winter!
    My plan to make it through the summer has been to only take the HotRod out in the evening... Much more pleasant!!! Hahaha
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  10. gene-koning
    Joined: Oct 28, 2016
    Posts: 1,207


    I'm sure thinking the new to me truck in the driveway will be sporting AC, it will be a 1st for me. Its harder to endure the heat as I get older.

    I must be a lot bigger wimp then you are though, when the temps get near 95, I stay where its cooler. Stop and go traffic is also something I don't deal with, unless I really have no other choice, which would be very little.
    I'm retired, I don't leave the AC at home if its hot outside, there really isn't anyplace I have to go. Gene
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  11. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 5,827

    from Nicasio Ca

  12. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 13,845


    Cowl vent. It keeps the brass ones cool.
  13. AHotRod
    Joined: Jul 27, 2001
    Posts: 10,236


    The Heat-Index here in Florida has been 105+ for a while now.... just miserable.
    Just install A/C
  14. exterminator
    Joined: Apr 21, 2006
    Posts: 1,332


    I try to drive it when it's cool out or short distances. Waiting for fall and winter!
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  15. rockable
    Joined: Dec 21, 2009
    Posts: 2,567


    Vintage Air has a solution to your problem.
  16. bill gruendeman
    Joined: Jun 18, 2019
    Posts: 43

    bill gruendeman

    In 2012 comming back from hrpt my son was driving my newly purchased used Texas truck( windows up and a/c on ) and me in the 39 arm out the window its hotter than hell, he called me on the cell and said dad it getting cold in here what do I do. Haha
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2019 at 5:53 AM
  17. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 22,402

    Jalopy Joker

    no easy answers without A/C - extra tough for the roadster boys - was always fun when we went down to Southern California to visit the In-Laws in the Palm Springs area - air temps at least 110 degrees and there would be near bald gray hair guys driving their fancy O/T convertibles with the top down acting cool trying to impress the young chicks
  18. bobkatrods
    Joined: Sep 22, 2008
    Posts: 621


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  19. 54BOMB
    Joined: Oct 23, 2004
    Posts: 2,069


    Only go out at night ?
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  20. Sky Six
    Joined: Mar 15, 2018
    Posts: 1,137

    Sky Six
    from Arizona

    Jeez guys, put a towel on the vinyl seats and roll down the windows.:)
  21. When it gets over 40C (100F), I wind the window down. When I am stopped in traffic, I just think of the cold suds I will be downing when I get home.
  22. okiedokie
    Joined: Jul 5, 2005
    Posts: 3,518

    from Ok

  23. BoilermakerDave
    Joined: Mar 3, 2016
    Posts: 252

    from Las Vegas

    C1BBEF20-AD24-4168-B396-66ED1CA44CDB.jpeg Yes, towel on the seat and windows down. Still, in the middle of summer I only drive at night. It gets pretty warm where I live.

    It helps to have a cool towel.
  24. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 9,529

    from Raytown Mo

    I believe so!

    I was hunting around for my dad and found him laying down on the front seat fanning himself lol time to go!
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2019 at 11:43 AM
  25. 110 here today.. don't dare to adventure out anymore with out AC this time of year... 115 tomorrow is what is forecasted..

    I will be in Mi by the time it hits that temp and looking for the hot rods.
  26. wicarnut
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 2,990


    My Roadster, no A/C, I put A/C in my 32 Coupe, only used it a handful of times per summer, used the defrost feature more, here in the Northwoods of Wisconsin not that many hot hot days, plenty of COLD days. When I installed the new crate SBC in Merc, set it up the A/C, never got around installing under dash unit and lines, maybe this fall, we've had our hot days already. EVERY vehicle I've owned since 1970 has had A/C, A MUST IMO, currently have 3 OT hobby cars with A/C. Buy a A/C kit, not hard to install or expensive and Magic no more sweating your butt off. Your thread reminds of the Summer Too Hot and Winter Too Cold posts, it's not complicated, Insulation, Heat and A/C are your friend. I do know it's traditional HAMB to be Old School and you are Old School, so Buck up, drink lots of water and look for one of those window swamp cooler units that you put ice cubes in it, my Dad had one in the 50's, we thought it worked pretty good.
  27. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 5,541


    I just drive without pants!:eek::D
  28. I live on the west coast of Canada. Today it got up to 75 deg. and I had to roll down the window to keep cool.
  29. trollst
    Joined: Jan 27, 2012
    Posts: 1,424


    Pussies.....thats when its the best, we get 100 degree days here, the only part I dislike is sitting back on the roadster seat after being in the sun.
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  30. olscrounger
    Joined: Feb 23, 2008
    Posts: 3,418


    Both cars have ac but if I'm by myself I seldom turn it on and it gets HOT here. Windows down and vents open. If wife goes along then AC is on.

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