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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by sgtlethargic, Feb 11, 2024.

  1. Happydaze
    Joined: Aug 21, 2009
    Posts: 1,932


    I love roadsters as they help with my styling.

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  2. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 17,432


    I love the look of my T when it's empty, but seeing pics of me driving it, I look like a linebacker trying to ride a pedal car. I've made a lot of tweaks to maximize the space inside, which helps, but still. I think I'd like it better if it were bigger. Next one is going to be a coupe with fenders.

  3. HarryT
    Joined: Nov 7, 2006
    Posts: 723


    I have one of each for Connecticut's weather. 20231004_113812.jpg
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  5. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 9,666


    Why roadsters???
    The HAMB really needs to ask "why roadsters?" :rolleyes:

    Actually, you asked about four separate leading/provocative questions that have about eight answers each.

    A roadster is not a two-seat car with no top or weather protection.
    A roadster is a two-seat car with a soft fold-down top...
    with no door glass.
    Side curtains provide more weather protection.

    Roadsters started it all.
    You go back far enough, there was nothing but roadsters on the road. And phaetons. And nothing at the racetrack except roadsters.

    Weight wasn't the whole reason. Roadsters push less wind.

    My best answer...
  6. Ron Brown
    Joined: Jul 6, 2015
    Posts: 1,715

    Ron Brown

    Luv mine… with and without top…. run the top during hot summer days, topless all other times and I dont drive in the rain…thats what my F250 is for IMG_5032.jpeg IMG_5026.jpeg
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  7. The roadster is the quintessential socal hot rod, but most of the world does not have socal weather, and most hot rodders wanting to drive a lot find other body styles better, more practical. As a norcal rodder, my only roadster was a dedicated racer that I started to convert to street use, but ultimately switched the body to a closed cab pu to make a driver.

    I have a 29 cabriolet that is much more comfortable than a roadster, but at nearly 80 years, my 51 coupe is my preferred driver. A roadster is only best for a limited few.
  8. My personal preference in a hot rod is a coupe. So any opinion as to what makes the best hot rod or what is a true hot rod is going to be biased.

    My dad was a roadster man so I have experienced roadsters. They look good enough, and early on (teens through the 20s) I think they were better looking cars than the early coupes. I still prefer a coupe personally.

    I will make an exception, I like later 20s earlier '30s tubs, but I prefer them with a top. They are not officially a roadster but they are a drop top.
  9. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 9,666


    I think coupes are neat, too.
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  10. Jacksmith
    Joined: Sep 24, 2009
    Posts: 1,584

    from Aridzona

    I'm not saying Roadsters are the best... but they're up there with the best. I've always dug the look of a Deuce Roadster, set up "right", and always wanted one.
    I've recently added a '32 Roadster to my stable and it is so freakin' cool to flip the light on and see that thing sitting there. Driving it reminds me of the ol' motorcycle days in a way... it's like the best of both worlds. It's just plain fun!
    If I need shelter, I've got the coupe, if I need to haul parts I've got the truck, if I want to blast around open air, now I've got the Roadster... life is good!
  11. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 12,364

    Bandit Billy

    Why roadsters? Why blondes? Duh
  12. winduptoy
    Joined: Feb 19, 2013
    Posts: 3,393


    Cabby resized top down driver side.jpg IMG-20230726-WA0011.jpeg Best if both worlds and eight cylinders between the two of them....
  13. lilCowboy
    Joined: Nov 21, 2022
    Posts: 70


    beautiful T roadster !
    your comment reminds me of the time i built a very cool lil sportster 60's bobber style, i loved the way it looked, Then shortly after getting it on the road my uncles then wife saw me riding it and later commented i looked like a gorilla riding it :( (im only 5'8" I hadn't ever thought about that until she mentioned it haha .
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  14. Nothing like running down the road in an open wheel roadster.
  15. topher5150
    Joined: Feb 10, 2017
    Posts: 3,356


    Yeah they look cool, but there's no way I'd fit in one comfortably or safely.
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  16. RodStRace
    Joined: Dec 7, 2007
    Posts: 4,037


    I've wanted a T bucket since I was a young'un. I was over 6 feet (182 cm to the rest of the world) by 15.
    The most recent test fit was the first time I even fit. It wasn't pretty, but still want. Eyes were above the tall windscreen. Gorilla indeed. Thanks for the other shots of you big guys in early cars. I'm not alone.

    Ignore the frame and body photoshop, it had questionable paint.

    PS @winduptoy , you can't slip a cabrio past us here on the HAMB!;)
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  17. nrgwizard
    Joined: Aug 18, 2006
    Posts: 2,543

    from Minn. uSA

    Roadsters? Cabbies? Coupes? Tubs? Sedans? Discovered I like the top down, as long as it isn't below ~65*F, raining/snowing/sleeting/hailing/wife-isn't-with. 65* may seem pussy, but after ~1hr+at 70mph, it gets old. (& on the ot dd, below 65*F top usage will eventually destroy the hyd system joints/seals = fkn expensive to fix) & I'm not wearing a jacket w/the top down to prove something-or-another. Done that stupid s__t years ago. For misery & suffering, I can - & have - ridden the ot ZX-11D in sub-zero weather w/ice on the road(= unexpected "excitement") Rain so heavy I couldn't 50' in front of me, etc. All as a "dd"(well, primary daily-rider, by choice, late May->late Nov) No *need* to that any of that stupid shit anymore, either. I'm talking daily drivers here, not just fun-running. Coupes n sedans are nice except in nice weather, unless you can roll the top back. Still doesn't beat top-down, but beats closed-top. You may like it different... :D . Blondes vs redheads vs dark-haired, big boobs vs small boobs, shapely hourglass-figures vs orca-betties, nice personalities vs bitchiness, being able to cook vs not; all make the world go 'round.
    :D .
    Looks are subjective, & proportion(s) are harder to achieve. May not be able to create or get them, but I know when they are right.
    & as RSR demonstrated, the stuff *I* like - & I suppose most on here - were built for/&-to a different standard, as the people back then were literally shorter & thinner than they are today. Think that's hyperbola?; look at military uniforms(or even regular clothes) from ~'16, then @ ~'44, & now. Weren't just kids... Results of both nutrition & lack of it(while it fits here, I'm not wading into that morass).
    So, cabbies for me, if possible. :D . The exact form of which I don't have... ;( .
    Over the years I've destroyed more than a few 65-n-older cars as dd's, due to MN salt n weather. It's a lotta work, effort, & $$$ to waste doing that. Takes the fun right out of it. So, ot as dd it is.
    So we do what we can, w/what we have, while we are able.
    Keeping the Hope Alive. Maybe, someday... :D .
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  18. RockyMtnWay
    Joined: Jan 6, 2015
    Posts: 345


    Arguably the epitome of what a ‘hot rod’ is, but also they are great for rippin around and takin in the sights and sounds around you.


    Sorry for reposting an old pic, but….

  19. SwampLedge
    Joined: Jul 3, 2012
    Posts: 28


    I can’t help but wonder how many roadster lovers are/were motorcyclists, and, conversely, how many coupe/hard roof fans were not. Although I no longer ride, I still view hard-roofed vehicles as cages.
  20. RodStRace
    Joined: Dec 7, 2007
    Posts: 4,037


    1st motorcycle at 9, current one sitting in the garage for years.
    Joined: Jun 6, 2007
    Posts: 5,410


    Count me in.
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  22. Jacksmith
    Joined: Sep 24, 2009
    Posts: 1,584

    from Aridzona

    Similar tastes:
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  23. pkhammer
    Joined: Jan 28, 2012
    Posts: 813


    I was fortunate to pick up two Model A's recently, a '28 Roadster and a '31 Sedan. I was thinking that the sedan was going to be a keeper and I might let the Roadster go to a new home. However, I've been reading a build thread on a highboy banger powered Roadster and it really has me thinking about the possibilities. 20240308_100531[1].jpg 20240315_093835[1].jpg
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  24. edcodesign
    Joined: Mar 30, 2007
    Posts: 4,724


    But coupes are better !
  25. mnjeff
    Joined: Oct 17, 2006
    Posts: 103


    The ‘26 is almost ready for sea trials….. IMG_3343.jpeg
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  26. rockable
    Joined: Dec 21, 2009
    Posts: 4,449


    I'm just not a convertible guy. After selling my 48 Buick convertible, I doubt I will ever own another one. If I lived somewhere else, maybe. Around here it is either too hot, too cold or too wet too much of the time, plus I don't like the wind noise, especially with me wearing hearing aids.
  27. One of my first cars was a 56 Olds rag top. Living in central Oregon I grew to hate it! I drove a buddy's T-bucket from Nebraska to Back to the 50s show. The top was up but my son and I froze our asses off. On the way back we ran into a thunder storm but luckily found an overpass to hide under. The kid got an ear infection.....
    I like coupes.
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  28. Rain sometimes interferes with the joy of roadster driving.
  29. ronnieroadster
    Joined: Sep 9, 2004
    Posts: 1,074


    Why A Roadster ?
    Because going topless is so much fun especially if its your daily driver this day it was Pomona California.

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  30. oldiron 440
    Joined: Dec 12, 2018
    Posts: 3,321

    oldiron 440

    I just watched a video on YouTube about where hotroding came from and at some point it explains how it all started in California and California had plenty of roadsters because of the weather. The roadster was preferable because it was lighter and plentiful. I don’t know it made sense to me.
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