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Re: My wife has said that she has always wanted a convertible.
MNSmith #1379204 Fri Oct 02 2020 01:17 AM
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Dad bought a 68 Chev brand new, olive green Biscayne 307. Crappy car, ugly colour, should have bought a red Impala ragtop. I had a SS Nova ragtop once.

Re: My wife has said that she has always wanted a convertible.
MNSmith #1379207 Fri Oct 02 2020 01:37 AM
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73 mgb ,know what you mean about not locking it ,decided to leave top down in parking lot because never lock it anyway but should have put the top up .Was away for about a hour came back to the car and got in and had the remnants of someones dinning out left in the car .


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Re: My wife has said that she has always wanted a convertible.
MNSmith #1379220 Fri Oct 02 2020 03:09 AM
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"Hey! I sound like Darth Vader!!
My last was a '65 MGB. The current a '30 Ford.

A gave it a few days to think about. If it's still available tomorrow, I'll pull the trigger. Gonna be a lot of panel patching and welding. But, I like doing that in my spare time!!

Re: My wife has said that she has always wanted a convertible.
MNSmith #1379238 Fri Oct 02 2020 10:56 AM
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I had a 1963 Ford falcon convertible in 1964, traded my 57 VW for it. Drove it for 6 years and I should have kept it. When I came back from Viet Nam and had a year left in the service so I bought the MGA to drive 1000 miles on weekends to see my wife. Maybe just maybe should have taken the Falcon and bought the 69 Plymouth Sport Fury that I traded the Falcon for 6 months later. ohwell Hind sight.


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Re: My wife has said that she has always wanted a convertible.
MNSmith #1379250 Fri Oct 02 2020 12:48 PM
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My first was a ‘55 Ford at 16yoa. The second was a ‘62 MGB. The third was a ‘62 Pontiac Catalina. Then many years later a Chrysler Sebring. No current plans to own one again.


Martin
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‘39 Dodge Businessmans Coupe
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Re: My wife has said that she has always wanted a convertible.
MNSmith #1379283 Fri Oct 02 2020 06:41 PM
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I do love convertibles! Particularly those of British blood. John speaks of leaky tops. Our '61 TR3 with side curtains (rather than windows) leaked around the top of the windshield. It was so bad that if traveling, and I could maintain 60 (car would run about 110, amazing for a little tractor engine roadster) I'd just leave the top down (or more accurately in the boot) and the slipstream would send the water right over our heads. We also bough a TR4A, had some great trips in that one. BlueRidge Parkway, Rocky Mountains and many points in between. We traveled light, slept on the ground in a big double sleeping bag with a tarp for ground cover and shelter. Two burner Coleman stove and a Very small ice chest along with on pot and one skillet. Extra clothes went in my old duffle bag on the luggage rack. This was in the mid and late '70s. Our two week Blue Ridge trip cost a little less than $80. We traveled light and cheap!

At one point we had the TR3, TR4A and '62 Jag Coupe. Something had to go and it was the two TR's. Later the Jag. What a sad mistake. But when the Jag went we bought a very nice sky blue Fiat 126 Spyder. Then a '68 Barracuda convertible. Should kept that one too.

Now our only sporty car is the '90 Matia with the Mustang V8 drivetrain. It's great fun, handles like a Miata and can embarrass most street driven cars when necessary. But the most fun is top down, tooling along at about 50 on a nice fall afternoon in the Ozarks.

All the above said, old English roadsters have a smell and feel like nothing else. Course you do need to enjoy warm beer (inside English car joke).

Go for it, once the teething issues are resolved, it's all smiles.

Good Luck,
RonR


1951 3600 with Clark flatbed, T5, 4.10 rear
1970 340 Duster
1990 5.0 V8 Miata (1990 Mustang Gt Drivetrain)
1951 Farmall Super A



Re: My wife has said that she has always wanted a convertible.
MNSmith #1379357 Sat Oct 03 2020 12:04 PM
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thumbs_up The early XKE was my wish. A friend has a newer Xk for sale. Tempted but not much. wink


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Re: My wife has said that she has always wanted a convertible.
MNSmith #1379490 Sun Oct 04 2020 02:12 PM
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If your wife wants it and you are up to the task of getting it up to speed, I say go for it. In my opinion, the convertible versions look way nicer than the hardtops of that era. Looks like it would be a blast to go cruising on pretty sunny days.

Re: My wife has said that she has always wanted a convertible.
MNSmith #1379510 Sun Oct 04 2020 05:49 PM
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In high school I owned a '61 Austin Healey Sprite. (The first year of the MG Midget body style.) It was bright orange so it was called 'The Orange Peeler'. If it wasn't raining, the top was down. Around here, for some reason, you see more convertibles with the roofs up than down on a sunny day. Might as well buy a hardtop.


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Re: My wife has said that she has always wanted a convertible.
MNSmith #1379541 Sun Oct 04 2020 09:21 PM
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I am currently restoring a Sunbeam Alpine. It runs and drives without a top because I don't have one yet. smile


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