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Hot Rods Winter Driving

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by spillaneswillys, Nov 26, 2018.

  1. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,174


    That's a very cool pic for me... A Connecticut broadleaf tobacco "shed" as the farmers call those huge barns. A lot of those still have an occasional antique car or two stored inside. (I worked one summer in grade school in tobacco valley harvesting)Great photo scene idea.

    I had mine out today running errands and forgot one brake light is out until I got home...salt got in one light socket. Oh well...

  2. Cliff Ramsdell
    Joined: Dec 27, 2004
    Posts: 990

    Cliff Ramsdell

    I also worked tobacco as a kid. Culbro tobacco company.

    My storage barn is an old tobacco barn and yes, cool cars and parts can be found in these as some are no longer used for tobacco but they built quite a few new ones back 20 years ago or so for the resurgence of cigar smoking.

    Thanks on the photo. That was taken this winter on my way back from Rockville one evening.

    Cliff Ramsdell
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  3. I'm a believer in driving my cars, however I'm not going to take my big block 4 spd fairlane out in a snow storm purely because I value my life. But a clear bluebird day in January, why the hell not... I did two days ago.

    My wife, young daughter, and I take "Miss Daisy" out every Christmas to pick up the tree, snow or no snow.


    To each their own but part of my enjoyment of having the cars is driving them. I guarantee they saw rain and snow before I owned them and they will see it again (I hope) once I'm gone.
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  4. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 3,544


    An angry Coatimundi coming at you Northwest guys...So, stay safe. The weather pattern for us in So Cal is rather odd, so far this winter. Some rain, but, relatively mild. When it does rain, the Pacific Northwest gets the brunt of it, as we get whipped with the tail end of most storms. (a big comma) Not to downplay the intensity of the rainfall, but the Northwest obviously get the frontal attack for days. This adds to the colder temps and of course, snow.

    As any of these storms attacks the Westcoast of the USA, the rest of the country is usually waiting for the same storm (plus a friend or two from the subtropical areas to join) to build up once past the Rockies and hit with a vengeance, again. So, this storm front is hitting the Pacific Northwest now and So Cal later in the week…so get ready Midwest/Eastern areas!

    In So Cal, it does rain...not enough spread out over the whole year, but when it does rain, it does not mess around. Last week, we had "sideways wind/rain" ...something we only experienced just outside of Kansas City on the way to Colorado one summer. The result of this period of rain is flooding. Since most of So Cal is in a flat plain, there are plenty of areas that are ripe for flooding. The streams from the local mountains also adds to the down slope run off and causes more flooding and mud.
    upload_2019-1-9_4-11-6.png 710 Long Beach Freeway at PCH
    Recently, because of the coastal fires, the LA area was going to be a mess when the rains came. It did and caused the major artery road closures in the Malibu-Oxnard areas, again.


    So, winter driving is snow in the mountains and rain/flooding in the lower elevations is expected with every rainfall out here. Those big wide tires are ripe for the old "hydroplaning" effect. It is something to be aware and know how to stop it from happening. If it lasts a long time, it is like driving on air and easy to get out of control. During the time we had the 1965 El Camino with wide Inglewood Pos-A-Traction, Redline tires, one learns car handling, (very quickly) in the rainy conditions and slick streets.
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  5. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,302

    from California

    I don't even drive my regular car when it is cold and shitty out.
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    Still waiting...……...
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  7. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 5,648

    from Michigan

    BLUSHI can't get out even if he wanted to. :D
  8. Believe me I don't want to, too much salt & liquid calcium on the roads for my comfort.
    These old cars are to hard to find to just drive them in the salt season.
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  9. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,174


    I'm in my 2nd winter and the road chemicals took out my taillights. The 41 Chevy bulbholders were not designed to be waterproof on the back sides. So I did find some here and got them fixed, and decided they needed roadtesting :) nah...I just love driving it and had not had it out in a whole day. Nearing dusk, late in the day:
    ^^ the old brick train depot building ahead.

    ^^^Looking the other way, the river was pretty high due to a lot of rain and some minor snow melt.

    ^^^^Somewhat milder than normal temps lately, and the millpond only has a very thin later of icing...but it's getting much colder soon.

  10. The Shift Wizard
    Joined: Jan 10, 2017
    Posts: 1,349

    The Shift Wizard

  11. I truly am in awe of the fact that you drive that roadster in all conditions.
    I myself would never consider driving a real live Deuce roadster under anything but perfect conditions, but that is just me.
    I would never drive my o/t in these conditions & I know that its value is a fraction of what a Deuce is worth.
    It must be nice to drive something cool year-round.
    Good on you!
  12. In the Wichita Mountains wildlife preserve, 230 miles from my house, this past Monday. There was no chance of snow, but it IS winter, lol.

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  13. haileyp1014
    Joined: Feb 15, 2006
    Posts: 904

    from so cal

    Southern California winter temps today high of 78° and low of 50° winter drive your hearts out
  14. mnjeff
    Joined: Oct 17, 2006
    Posts: 73


    EFE2A62A-7988-444E-A483-59392C218B80.jpeg Decided to pull the Willys out of storage and start driving it. If the roads are clear of ice and snow, why the hell not....It is toasty with the heated seats, no shiny paint to worry about, and after a classmates’ funeral last week, I realized that I will probably rust out before it does....
  15. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,174


    Great mindset...although off season driving is not for everyone. I never planned for mine as a daily just was that my 1970 former daily of 11 years ended up needing major complete resto and at 67, I'd rather start enjoying life outside of a garage...before it's too late. So your mention of a classmates funeral should hit home to others here.

    You also then meet so many different types of people than you do if you only go to car related events. I take mine late in the day to recreation places, trails, rivers and lakes. The people that go there are possibly more into getting the most out of their spare time, rather than sitting and watching so much negativity on the news.

    My State has always seemed like that the people born here are not outgoing to strangers, but I always had the thought that if these people have a reason to drop their guard, then you'd find that they are friendly beyond words...and a vintage car will usually break the ice.

    Today I will finish fixing the heater motor, and I will be good to go. It was 15F this morning with a high of 28F today. Roads are dry....let's go..
  16. For years, my late wife and I had the same tradition - take the old car out for a spin on New Year's Day. Weather made no difference. A few years it was just around the block, some years if the roads were clear it was a full-blown cruise somewhere. Great stories in this thread, and I applaud all you guys for driving 'em! That's what they're built for.
    Our '39 Ford, sometime back in the 1980's...

    You can read more about my winter driving story here.
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  17. Inked Monkey
    Joined: Apr 19, 2011
    Posts: 1,560

    Inked Monkey

    Kansas City got hit last night. Doesn't change the fact that I need to go to work today. Let's dig it out

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  18. Well it's below zero and constant snow squalls in Pa. Sucks! No driving.
  19. Again, thanks to everyone who's posted pics and thoughts here. My cars seem to spend more time apart in the garage than they do on the road so I try to make the most of the driving time. It's said that Minnesota generally has six months of winter and six months of poor snowmobiling... :rolleyes:
    This was a frosty February Saturday morning breakfast get-together a few years ago. Everybody there thought I was nuts. They're right. That's a frozen lake in the background.

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  20. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,174


    I had the car out earlier today even though it snowed a bit last night. I went to buy some new work shoes...I went to the nearest city to a "real shoe place", they still even fix shoes. I parked right out front and the owner then says he also has prewar cars... A 22 Model T centerdoor sedan and a late 20s Whippet. He was happy when I told him I have a Whippet too.

    I was back home for an hour and it was near 50F so I just wanted to go out again. I stopped at the Dam, lots of people go there to relax and take photos...
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    I sat there quite a spell..thinking..

    I know most don't drive in winter, but at my age, I just need to drive often as possible. I know there is some ongoing damage, but then a thought came to me: "For every day later in life, that you choose not to go simply won't get that day back later".

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  21. Shutter Speed
    Joined: Feb 2, 2017
    Posts: 436

    Shutter Speed

  22. We had snow 3 days ago, maybe 1" but it turned to rain. Most of the brine is off the roads after a good rain. They brine the roads prior to an expected snowfall or freezing rain. So I run the Ford as long as the road surfaces are dry. A bit of a calculated risk, the car should outlast me with a little care.
    Joined: Dec 1, 2010
    Posts: 5


    Hey hotrodman303 your 34 is awesome! I'm right next to you in east boulder. Got a couple early fairlanes I drive a ton. Hey whos close to us that does good suspension work on early fords? Aslo might redo the 289 in my Ranchero and looking for machine shop. My other guys are in Fort Collins. Love to find someone closer. thanks
  24. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,174


    14" new snow yesterday at dawn, but roads were bare & dry by late that day. That 14'' had settled quite a lot by then.

    I went out late afternoon today....for gas...well, if I did not go out, I would not have needed gas.o_O Any excuse is good.;)... right?
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