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Old 05-22-2012, 05:51 PM   #1
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Default Open Cars with Tops Down

Many people I talk to with open cars are reluctant to put the top down. Several of them say that running with it down will lead to ill fitting tops and cracks in the material. Is this something particular to the short grain type vinyl tops? What's the consensus open car drivers?
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:05 PM   #2
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If ya got a rag top, use it, or you may as well have a hard top.

I have yet to drive my roadster with the roof up yet.
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I take the top down on my Phaeton all the time. Be aware that the top will shrink when down for a long time. A nice warm day and a little pursuasion and the top will again stretche out. I picked up the "open" car so I could have it open. If there is wear and tear (and there is already some worn and torn) it is OK. One night drive under the summer starts and you will feel it was well worth it.
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:46 PM   #4
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Too breezy with the top down on my Phaeton. Also can get too hot if you're only driving 35-40. I like top up, still an open car, and I get to drive in the shade all day!
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:49 PM   #5
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Here is mine with the top down. My top is a used canvas repro top that I bought on eBay.Riding with the top down is fun, if its not too hot. In the hottest part of the day I would rather have the top up. It doesn't seem to hurt the canvas top by letting it down. I think that it looks better with the top up.
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Old 05-22-2012, 07:11 PM   #6
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I love my 40B but generally run with the top and window flap both "up". Very early in the morning and at dusk, the top will come down and I'll enjoy the cool air. The mid-day sun is just to brutal for me. Gar Williams
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Old 05-22-2012, 07:21 PM   #7
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Here in Florida I have witnessed the opposite, rarely have I seen the tops up.
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:58 PM   #8
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I put the top up in the fall for the winter and if I'm out in the rain.
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Old 05-23-2012, 10:38 PM   #9
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Top down!

How else can you be seen from low flying objects?

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Old 05-23-2012, 10:43 PM   #10
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Keepin' the top up all the time is like never openin' that great bottle of wine or never grillin' on your new WEBER GRILLE, for fear of gettin' sooty black stuff on it!!
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I enjoy top down for sure. Easy for me to see traffic lights!!!!!
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Old 05-24-2012, 12:48 AM   #12
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What No one uses a top boot?
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Old 05-24-2012, 01:37 AM   #13
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Whats the point of having a drop top if its always up,might have saved some money and bought a coupe. Some of you guys make me laugh. ken ct.
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Old 05-24-2012, 02:00 AM   #14
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They're like a beer, you've got to open them to enjoy them.
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Old 05-24-2012, 05:27 AM   #15
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I hardly recognize mine if the top is up.. Its pretty much always down.. Its better that way anyway,, the wind noise covers up most of the rattles.. It goes up or down just fine,, there is a lot of ' flex ' in all them ole parts..
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I find when driving my 29 roadster with the top down, there is actually less noise! On a good road, sometimes I only hear the tires on the pavement! ( Do I have some minimal hear loss?)
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:59 AM   #17
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I don't know,I never got anything but the bows kind of fixed and there not on cus theres no canvas,always hopping for no rain
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I have a 65 Mustang Conv. Found much below 40 you need to cover your ears. Light rain lands just beyond the top. In a heavy rain you wish you had a manual top cause the power top is slow.

Talked to one guy who never put the top down on his Mustang. It was a 'perfect' show car. The top had no wrinkles (I think no wrinkles is a points deduction cause they all had wrinkles from the factory).

I have spent some time making sure the top will work properly on my cabriolet.

Oh, it is safer with the top down. You do not have any blind spots!
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Old 05-24-2012, 08:05 AM   #19
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Having a soft top Model A is the way to go. I have driven the phaeton since 1966 and when the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of this great country lends itself to a ride with the top down that is the way we go!
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Top down! That's where all the fun is at!

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Old 05-24-2012, 11:15 AM   #21
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People who have seen my car 1000 times have only seen the top up in driving rain or snows.
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Old 05-24-2012, 11:26 AM   #22
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Having a roadster or phaeton, and never putting the top down, is the silliest thing I have ever heard !
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Nice pic,, old airplanes and even older cars go together.. To bad that 26 is breaking the 11th commandment [ tow-bar]..
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Old 05-24-2012, 04:14 PM   #24
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That is a great pic of the 2 and the Cabriolet, the apple green wheels are sharp! 11th commandment lol, I love it! We had a tow bar for the space shuttle, it was about 3 times the size of that one.
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Old 05-24-2012, 05:17 PM   #25
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The consensus is just as I thought. Riding around with the top down has little or no detrimental effects.

When ever I see people in an open car they always look like they are having a great time, top up or top down.
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I hardly recognize mine if the top is up.. Its pretty much always down.. Its better that way anyway,, the wind noise covers up most of the rattles.. It goes up or down just fine,, there is a lot of ' flex ' in all them ole parts..
Just this past weekend our club went out to lunch. One of the members raised the top and for a moment I wondered what member owned the new car.
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Old 05-25-2012, 01:53 AM   #27
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I don't have top rests for my 28 Phaeton and I've never driven it with the top down.

I did have it half way down 2 years ago so I could stitch a tear in the top material.
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