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My wife has said that she has always wanted a convertible.
#1379022 Wed Sep 30 2020 05:57 PM
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MNSmith Offline OP
"Hey! I sound like Darth Vader!!
Lately, I've been eyeballing a 1968 Impala project. That's her birth year. Should I???? I ain't afraid of no rust!!

Re: My wife has said that she has always wanted a convertible.
MNSmith #1379040 Wed Sep 30 2020 07:17 PM
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Happy wife happy life! chug


Martin
'62 Chevy C-10 Stepside Shortbed (Restomod in progress)
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‘65 Chevy Biscayne 4dr 230 I-6 one owner (I’m #2)
‘39 Dodge Businessmans Coupe
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Re: My wife has said that she has always wanted a convertible.
MNSmith #1379051 Wed Sep 30 2020 09:11 PM
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If you have the time, the money and the room, I say go for it. My dad had a '68 Belair wagon. It was a good car way back when. Equipped with a 307, powerglide, factory AM FM radio and one finger power steering. Almost forgot about the full width aluminum dust deflector that was real handy for securing a motorcycle when hauling on the lowered tailgate. grin

John


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Re: My wife has said that she has always wanted a convertible.
MNSmith #1379055 Wed Sep 30 2020 09:36 PM
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I showed my wife Mike B fire engine he has for sale she said buy it but I don’t think I have enough elbow grease that the truck deserves it is a bargain if anyone looking for a truck


57 3200 pickup 265 V8 with service tray
Re: My wife has said that she has always wanted a convertible.
MNSmith #1379056 Wed Sep 30 2020 09:40 PM
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What Martin said.

Last edited by WE b OLD; Wed Sep 30 2020 09:40 PM.

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Re: My wife has said that she has always wanted a convertible.
MNSmith #1379108 Thu Oct 01 2020 04:02 AM
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The '68's were/are nice looking cars. Go for it! Let us know if you get it.


Rich

'47 Loadmaster

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Re: My wife has said that she has always wanted a convertible.
MNSmith #1379147 Thu Oct 01 2020 05:20 PM
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Unrepentant VW Lover
We've owned convertibles throughout our marriage. As of last Sept, we are ragtopless for the first time since we were married 32 years ago. They have been a Chevelle, several Volkswagens, a Suzuki Samurai (RH drive Japanese domestic version wink ) two military vehicles ... and the last one, a Chrysler Sebring. The point is that a project ragtop is all fine and great. You know all the main stuff (mechanicals, drivetrain, body work, blah blah blah. and then ... you get to the top. I've dealt with three of the tops on our cars. They can be frustrating beyond belief -- they are hard to get right. and that's if the mechanical part of it is adjusted right. And have you ever seen a convertible top frame without the fabric on it? If it's out of adjustment ... how can you tell?? So maybe you have more skill and patience than I do and can do it yourself. Great. But then, which replacement top do you buy? Just because it's expensive doesn't mean its better ... its a crap shoot sometimes. So you may decide to take it to a pro ... finding someone willing *and* experienced to do it can be challenging. And even so, the best top your car will ever have is the one the factory put on it. I've never seen a convertible with a replacement top that looked anywhere as good as an original. (the military trucks being the exception. The replacement canvas was *better* than the originals ...) The replacement top we put on the Chevelle looked like crap and it didn't last nearly as long as the original did. We got to the point where we got rid of the Sebring when it needed a new top. Goodbye Sebring. Hello VW Golf Alltrack Wagon. smile

Living with a convertible is different, too. When we went out, I never locked the car (all you need is a big knife to get it) so I learned to never leave anything of value in the car. Also, if you don't have a garage or at least a carport to park the car, your top will deteriorate quickly in the sun. I can't tell you how many times I woke up in the middle of a night time thunderstorm wondering if I had actually put the top up. I learned to never leave the car anywhere unattended with the top down. If I was wandering off, always put the top up. Even in the driveway.

Oh yeah ... ragtops leak in the rain, are bitter cold in the winter and are EZBake ovens in the Summer. They can truly be nice weather transportation only after a while. But oh man, on the nice Spring or Fall cloudless days with low humidity and an ocean close by ... they can't be beat.

Ragtops are fun and a way of life. If you like Jimmy Buffet's "Ragtop Day" then you know what I mean. Also, and it may be a surprise, but having owned several antique ragtops, I was always amazed that the power mechanisms were always the last parts of the car to need attention. The Chevelle's top system never needed attention -- it always went up and down on command. Which was good because it was heavy. The Sebring's needed to have hydraulic fluid added every couple of years but that was it. The VW's and the Alfa Romeo Spyder were manual so as long as my shoulders were good, I could just reach back, grab the top, hook the latches and be off again. The Suzuki was a PITA because it was like a boat or a Jeep. Most of the time, we just ran it with a bimini or nothing at all.

Speaking of the Alfa ... and leaking tops ... that Alfa leaked sooooo bad that I have always wondered why the Italians even bothered to put it on the car in the first place ... All it did halfway well was be a sun shade. But it didn't even do that particularly well. Same for the M-37. I think between the road spray and the rain coming in, you probably stay dryer without the top on than with it.

There may yet be one more ragtop in our future ... maybe ... a '63 VW Cabrio. Sigh ....


John
"There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes..."


'49 Chevrolet 3804

Re: My wife has said that she has always wanted a convertible.
MNSmith #1379178 Thu Oct 01 2020 09:06 PM
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My first ragtop was a 47 Mercury I bought with lawn-mowing money at age 14- - - - -paid $75.00 for it and drove it home! It got a full restoration- - - -bored and stroked flathead V8 with Offenhauser finned aluminum heads, headers, and dual exhausts, new paint, upholstery and top. 13 years later, I lost it in a nasty divorce! I still miss that car! I've owned a few others since then, an Olds 4-4-2, a Pontiac GTO, an Alfa-Romeo, an MGA, and a Triumph Spitfire. There's a partially-finished Excalibur roadster in the "one of these days" project lineup that I might get around to finishing before my boat ride on the river Styx comes around!
Jerry


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Re: My wife has said that she has always wanted a convertible.
MNSmith #1379179 Thu Oct 01 2020 09:13 PM
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Looks like restored ones with small blocks have an asking price of 25k and an SS427 in Hemmings is listed at 32,500 so you will have to be careful on bucks spent. Of course if you're like me I don't care what I spend on something I like because they will never be for sale till I die. I always tell ones that don't understand "Not for sale" that if Warren Buffet and Bill Gates pooled their resources they couldn't buy it so what chance do you have?


Evan
Re: My wife has said that she has always wanted a convertible.
MNSmith #1379188 Thu Oct 01 2020 09:50 PM
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Master Gabster
I had a 1960 MGA Roadster for 49 1/2 years and I have had nine skin cancer sugeries.


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I love therefore I am.

1960 MGA Roadster Sold 7/18/2017
1954 3100 Chevy truck in the Gallery
2017 Buick Encore
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