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Technical Top on your 32 Roadster

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Jamoke, Apr 12, 2019.


Drive with a top or without

Poll closed Apr 26, 2019.
  1. Topless

  2. Covered

  1. Jamoke
    Joined: Sep 1, 2011
    Posts: 686


    If you have the option to drive your 32 Roadster with a top or without what is your choice
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  2. woodiewagon46
    Joined: Mar 14, 2013
    Posts: 1,700

    from New York

    I purchased a "Bop-Top" for my roadster because I wanted one that can easily be removed. The problem is that I really like the way the car looks with the top on, so now I don't take it off!
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  3. robracer1
    Joined: Aug 3, 2015
    Posts: 488


    I like topless and I have a tonneau cover for if it rains and drive it when the rain stops.
    last year I got caught in a heavy thunder storm at the end of the ALL DEUCE RUN and had to drive my fender less roadster all the way back to Marietta GA. following a fenders less coupe and it rained heavy almost all the way home, so I'm having at top with side window's made at Chad Adams Rods.
    For your Poll its both now depending on the weather or with top on diving out of town and for sure the ALL DEUCE RUN this year.
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2019
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  4. oldbanger71
    Joined: Nov 18, 2008
    Posts: 131


    I made a tonneau-cover with driver and passenger cut out.

    I'm working on the windscreen wood toper of my bob top, to incoorporate a two-wiper with one center wipermotor configuration that stay's with the bob-top when it comes the moment i run her without my bob-top, as it's not installed yet.

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  5. sloppy jalopies
    Joined: Jun 29, 2015
    Posts: 4,133

    sloppy jalopies

    former redhead, sunstroke waiting to happen... I vote tops up...
    sounds like they make a bop top for '30-'31 roadsters...
    any chance on getting a center front to center rear of the cockpit,
    and a left to right w/s top measurement...?
    and maybe a ball park cost ? ……… thanks.
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  6. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 13,645

    from oregon

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  7. koolbeans
    Joined: Apr 12, 2015
    Posts: 536


    Now that's be kool.

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  8. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
    Posts: 4,000

    dana barlow
    from Miami Fla.
    1. Y-blocks

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  9. I drove my roadster thousands of miles, I have been burnt to a crisp in the sun & looked like a drown rat in heavt thunderstorms and never had a top, If I ever build another roadster I will definitely have a top of some sort, preferably something that will fold up and store in the trunk. HRP

    Last edited: Apr 14, 2019
  10. Jamoke
    Joined: Sep 1, 2011
    Posts: 686


    Love the car
  11. alfin32
    Joined: Jun 20, 2006
    Posts: 1,395

    from Essex, Ma.

    image.jpeg image.jpeg I love the look of mine with the top up.
  12. Jamoke
    Joined: Sep 1, 2011
    Posts: 686


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  13. KoolKat-57
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 2,966

    from Dublin, OH

    I am not a top down guy, but I like the look of a roadster more so than a coupe, IMG_0153 (Edited).JPG hence the top stays up!
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    Last edited: Apr 17, 2019
  15. For 16 years my wife and I rode without a top.
    Now that we have a top, going into year 2 with a roof, I think having a top is the best thing ever[​IMG]

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  16. Rodders
    Joined: Jun 5, 2012
    Posts: 247


    E39D75F7-E1BD-460F-9919-14981FA274F9.jpeg I like mine with the top
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  17. sloppy jalopies
    Joined: Jun 29, 2015
    Posts: 4,133

    sloppy jalopies

    wives don't always want to go topless !
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  18. touring20
    Joined: Nov 27, 2007
    Posts: 227


    Great help ! Got a buddy who has gone this route on. 27 t roadster him self twice .
    He found he had to install fabric tubes to keep the the top bows ( in this case wood )
    From rubbing through . I feel the top MUST be held down well , or a passing semi might destroy it ! Build it withstand one hundred mile speeds for wicked head winds from Unexpected storm !! Where I live in the Pacific Northwest, there is the Columbia Gorge
    Which has pushed my car into the next lane !!
  19. hudson48
    Joined: Oct 16, 2007
    Posts: 2,627


    With and without. If traveling long distance always put the roof on but weather permitting it is off. Sid Chavers roof.
    DSC02374 (Medium).JPG 2U3A6611 (Medium).jpg
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  20. RockyMtnWay
    Joined: Jan 6, 2015
    Posts: 92


    CE72ABDA-51A8-42B7-BA3B-D4951BCB760C.jpeg 77349EEF-BA71-405A-A287-31B692E27BF0.jpeg

    Depending on forecast and length of drive/trip, the top is on or off.
    BopTop makes it a breeze either way (pun intended).
  21. CheatersPete
    Joined: Sep 25, 2002
    Posts: 1,250


    I like my roadster with the top as well

    Attached Files:

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  22. John Stimac
    Joined: Jan 15, 2008
    Posts: 518

    John Stimac

    Mine with two and one half inch chop IMG_6691.jpg
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  23. Never2old
    Joined: Oct 14, 2010
    Posts: 645

    from so cal

    I don't recall seeing a 32 roadster with a stock type top folded down.
    Are they so horrid nobody ever does it?
  24. Blue One
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 10,625

    Blue One
    from Alberta

    Are they horrid ? I don't know.
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  25. Shamus
    Joined: Jul 20, 2005
    Posts: 1,169

    from NC

    ME TOO!!

    I've only had my top down once. My Irish heritage (Parents from Galway) dictates sun block & a top. Cheaper than the dermatologist. P.S. My OT convertible stays up most of the time - down at night time.
  26. Grandadeo
    Joined: Dec 24, 2008
    Posts: 793


    Sounds like we're turning this into a red head thread. Me too, and if I'm going any distance which I like to do, the top is on, between the sun and rain potential. Around town it's off. 20181206_093153.png I've only driven with it folded down once, it's either on or off. Picture was at the Jalopy Jam Up in Ontario, Canada two years ago.
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  27. Pewsplace
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 2,770


    Off when good weather. Top when it's raining. Bop Top!
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  28. philly the greek
    Joined: Feb 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,855

    philly the greek
    from so . cal.

    The top comes off in the Spring and goes back on in the late Fall . DSCF0347[1][1].jpg DSCN1610[1].jpeg
  29. Cyclone Kevin
    Joined: Apr 15, 2002
    Posts: 3,997

    Cyclone Kevin
    Alliance Vendor

    6389E829-88C2-420C-B92D-59CA9D9EFD18.jpeg I haven’t had a top in all of the time that I’ve had this one, but I’m sure that I should really look into something that would work, but dang!! I love her w/o a top on ;).
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2019
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