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    I have been sitting here wondering just how many always run with the windshield open and how wide and for what reason?

    I will start by saying up until a few days ago, I ran mine closed and put up with the reflection of the rear lights and stuff. But since it has been 95° plus the last few days I cracked it open about 1½in., we'll see how that works.
    You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!

  • #2
    In summer time, the only time I would even think about closing my windshield would be if i noticed that the vehicle in front of me was transporting bee hives, hornet nests, or dry, flying particles of manure fertilizer.

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    • #3
      I run with mine closed. I use to open it in hot weather, until a bee came in under the windshield opening and went up my pant leg. One time was enough for me.

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      • #4
        I guess until something like what happened to George happens to me i'll keep it open, i do stay cooler that way
        3 ~ Tudor's
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        "It's all nuts and bolts"


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        • #5
          I drive with mine open at the first notch all the time. On especially warm days it's as far open as it gets.

          i figure a bee could get in the side windows any time as well. Hell, a bunch of them could fit in the openings around the brake and clutch pedals.

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          • #6
            It's 106 here, IF I could drive Vermin, EVERYTHING would be OPEN & the HOOD OFF!!!----I'm an OLD Hot Rodder & LOVE to drive, SANS HOOD!
            Once, I "lost" Vermins' hood, after Greggs' passing, the Dog found it UNDER the SPARE bed! I "guess" he put it there to protect it.
            Bill Addicted (To Hot Rods & pain pills--LOL)
            Last edited by BILL WILLIAMSON; 07-11-2017, 06:54 PM.

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            • #7
              If I open it I sometimes use the first notch. If reaslly hot I made a stick with a slot and open it as far as it will go and insert the stick in the middle to hold window open. Plenty of air that way.
              Paul in CT

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              • #8
                FWIW: CHANGE

                1. As of my July 4th, 2017 200 mile trip, in order to have my better half as a future summer Model A passenger, my open windshield days for my 1930 Briggs Town Sedan are just about to end.

                2. Some of us Model A senior males raised in non-air-conditioned residences years ago may be able to tolerate high humidity over 80 with heat over 90 degrees; however, some of our younger better half females who never witnessed attic fans, and always rode in air-conditioned cars are just slightly different.

                3. Besides, in my humble opinion, uninformed males of all ages rarely ever understand female hot spells ...... especially old false-teethed, knock-kneed, humped-back, bald-headed, pot-bellied, half-deaf, dim-sighted, Scrooge-type-cheap-skate, and even 95% or more impotent Model A Restoration Judges who would rather fight for Model A originality rather than to allow our wonderful females to accompany us as passengers on hot summer tours with overnight accommodations; e.g., with our Model A female passengers wanting to accompany us while being comfortable riding with wonderful modern Model A air-conditioning.

                4. Female companionship, in my humble opinion, (in some geographical areas), is far more important than following the some of the recommendations and most strict Model A opinions of the different type Model A guys described in paragraph 3. above.

                5. Appears comfortable lives are really shorter than we think .... but this is just one (1) Model A later-in-life questionable decision ........ and just one (1) later-in-life questionable Model A humble opinion.

                6. Hope this opinion can help a few Model A owners in different geographical areas to decide on maintaining a more important reliable romance and intelligent Model A sanity.
                Last edited by H. L. Chauvin; 07-14-2017, 02:51 PM.

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                • #9
                  One of the patents that is listed on the patent data plate on your firewall is for the ventilation system designed into the windshield and dash rail. The windsheild has a flange on the bottom of the frame faceing towards the interior, and when the windsheild is open to the notch in the windshield slides, (29 and newer) the air entering the interior of the car is directed down to your feet by the flange and the dash rail. Opening the windsheild further will allow air over the top of the dashrail and then some is directed down, and some straight in. This is an ingenious ventilation system.
                  Bill
                  http://www.brauchauto.com/
                  Eastern Connecticut

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                  • Mitch
                    Mitch commented
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                    Bill i did'nt know that one of the patents were for the air flow design, thanks for that piece of info and it is ingenious

                • #10
                  This is Texas. No such thing as too hot; we just turn on the AC

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                  • #11
                    I was driving around one hot day with my windshield partially open, with my GPS stuck with a suction cup. Well you know what took place. The suction cup lost its suck.out the window it went. It bounced down the gas tank down to the finder on to the running board into the road and under my rear tire. CRUNCH!! The charging cord didn't hold it in place, it unplugged.
                    So keep that in mind.
                    My wife doesn't let me forget that one.

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                    • #12
                      Ok, since Johnnymo lost his GPS due to his windshield being open, I figured time to show how I hold my phone/GPS to keep it close. As I hope you can see, I slotted the phone bumper and just a couple bends wraps the clip around the dash rail and allows it to be positioned from one side of the car to the other.
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                      Last edited by DaWizard; 07-18-2017, 05:14 PM. Reason: stupid shit missed
                      You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!

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                      • #13
                        What are you guys do to keep the windows open on roadsters? On hot days its great to open it, but unlike the closed cars we do not have the luxury of having the notched windshield swing arms.

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                        • #14
                          Originally posted by old31 View Post
                          What are you guys do to keep the windows open on roadsters? On hot days its great to open it, but unlike the closed cars we do not have the luxury of having the notched windshield swing arms.
                          My 28 Phaeton would be the same thing, and the original cups and wing nuts do a good job, at least to 50 MPH.
                          Repro parts don't grab as well as original parts.

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                          • #15
                            At Bad Buds' had the windshield FULL open & couldn't gas up. Just sat in the car & gassed up from the INSIDE, got some FUNNY looks!
                            Bad Buds' is a highly decorated MINI MART/GAS STATION/CAR WASH. What a FUN place! They have HOOKER statues sittin' on a park bench in the flowers, folks come & sit with them & take pics galore!!! I sit in the parking lot & watch peoples' antics & LAFF my ass off as they "FIGHT" for the next pump, etc. I could write a "BOOK" about it.
                            To get to the air hose, one cute chick drove over the first bumper stop & got stuck between it & the second one. She smoked the front tires on her HONDA & couldn't get out!!! I coached her how to pull up, hold the brakes in reverse, GAS it, & she finally got out!
                            I LOVE to go there when the High School kids come by for JERKY, SLIM JIMS & SODAS, what a GREAT bunch, they talk to me, ASK if they can take pics, sit in the car with me, even ask if they can pick up anything in the store or me. AND, they ask a KAZILLION questions???---NOW, you know where I spend my "SPARE" TIME!
                            I don't walk good, I just pull up by the window & a "CHECKER-OUTER" comes out--"What can I get for you, Bill"?
                            Look up Patent Numbers on the Data Plate, you'll be SO SURPRISED what you find!
                            Bill Neverbored
                            Last edited by BILL WILLIAMSON; 07-21-2017, 06:50 AM.

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                            • DaWizard
                              DaWizard commented
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                              Whew Bill, you really need to watch that coffee after about 10:00pm. Actually up at 03:44 to make this posting!

                          • #16
                            I don't like the noise when driving at 55 mph on the open road with any windows open. Therefore I have installed one of Ken Davis' AC/Heater units in my pickup.

                            Yes, it's Alaska, and it does get hot here as well.
                            Alaskan A's
                            Antique Auto Mushers of Alaska
                            Model A Ford Club of America
                            Model A Restorers Club
                            Antique Automobile Club of America
                            Mullins Owners Club

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                            • #17
                              Per my mentioning "CHANGE" in above Post no. 9, I just balanced my checkbook and saw where the wonderful Mr. Ken Davis cashed my check for a new A/C and alternator ... plus recommended horn and coil resistors, (for my original 1930 Briggs Town Sedan), all of which should be mailed out shortly.

                              No choice .... but I will have to go from all original 6V (+) to non-original 12V (-) ..... in my situation, if going on an overnight tour, nothing too romantic with leaving my wife at home and getting stuck all alone with a damn original, hot 6V non-air-conditioned Model A.

                              I already received both new 12V LED tail lights to replace existing 6V LED tail lights & new 12V LED rear window brake light to replace existing 6V LED light. Already received both 12V Halogen & 50/32 12V head light bulbs to try with my original silvered reflectors as well as LED 6V/12V bulbs and 12V regular bulbs for dash light, dome light, and cowl lights.

                              FWIW: Logo-Lites Information from Logo-Lite Representative:

                              A. He said their Logo signal lights will operate with either 6V (+) or 12V (-).

                              B. He also said for $10.00 each, if I mail my (4) 10 year old signal lights they can upgrade them to (4) much brighter and new signal lights that have a wider angle of light.

                              C. He also said they "now" offer two (2) new additional signal lights that can be installed on a trailer with a device to allow old Logo-Lite units to operate these two (2) additional trailer lights in addition to the (4) on the vehicle.

                              D. He also added that to avoid damage to the main Logo-Lite control box, Logo-Lites are now recommending connecting directly to the battery in lieu of connecting to a junction box or any other remote location away from the battery.

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                              • #18
                                Originally posted by H. L. Chauvin View Post
                                Per my mentioning "CHANGE" in above Post no. 9, I just balanced my checkbook and saw where the wonderful Mr. Ken Davis cashed my check for a new A/C and alternator ... plus recommended horn and coil resistors, (for my original 1930 Briggs Town Sedan), all of which should be mailed out shortly.

                                No choice .... but I will have to go from all original 6V (+) to non-original 12V (-) ..... in my situation, if going on an overnight tour, nothing too romantic with leaving my wife at home and getting stuck all alone with a damn original, hot 6V non-air-conditioned Model A.

                                I already received both new 12V LED tail lights to replace existing 6V LED tail lights & new 12V LED rear window brake light to replace existing 6V LED light. Already received both 12V Halogen & 50/32 12V head light bulbs to try with my original silvered reflectors as well as LED 6V/12V bulbs and 12V regular bulbs for dash light, dome light, and cowl lights.

                                FWIW: Logo-Lites Information from Logo-Lite Representative:

                                A. He said their Logo signal lights will operate with either 6V (+) or 12V (-).

                                B. He also said for $10.00 each, if I mail my (4) 10 year old signal lights they can upgrade them to (4) much brighter and new signal lights that have a wider angle of light.

                                C. He also said they "now" offer two (2) new additional signal lights that can be installed on a trailer with a device to allow old Logo-Lite units to operate these two (2) additional trailer lights in addition to the (4) on the vehicle.

                                D. He also added that to avoid damage to the main Logo-Lite control box, Logo-Lites are now recommending connecting directly to the battery in lieu of connecting to a junction box or any other remote location away from the battery.
                                I am so sorry to hear that. Now, when you find that you have trouble seeing in the dark, I hope you will give these a shot as even here in the burbs/city I am able to see a MILE with my LED headlights with a 2½amp draw. http://www.jdmastar.com/product/318/...-Set-of-2.html
                                You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!

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                                • #19
                                  Mr. *****,

                                  Thanks for coil advice "again".

                                  After reading your Pertronix article on **** **** some time back, I bought your recommended 40,000 V, 1.5 Ohm "Flame Thrower" from Pertronix for my 6V electrical system with my higher compression Police Head.

                                  I'll order the 3.0 Ohm for this 12V system and eliminate this added on resistor "attachment".

                                  These Pertronix Flame Thrower Coils appear to be really powerful ...... in my humble opinion, these coils could burn all of the hair off of a wet, wild razor back hog while he is swimming at full speed in 10 feet deep creek water trying to catch and eat (Pomoxis annularis), <sac-a-lait> fish.
                                  Last edited by H. L. Chauvin; 07-22-2017, 03:45 PM.

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                                  • #20
                                    Mr. Wizard,

                                    In trying to use the same existing Model A original headlight sockets & reflectors, do you think that the J.D. Master Co. offered:

                                    "3030 SMD 1157 White /Yellow Switchback LED Bulbs|Set of 2 for$32.99" ............. will work; or something else; or should I contact J.D.

                                    Thanks for this most helpful suggestion.

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                                    • DaWizard
                                      DaWizard commented
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                                      If you have the 3 ear Halogen socket, the link I gave you will work with minor alignment and focusing. If you have a standard 2 pin socket, contact the folks at JDMastar and see what they offer. I know that the 3 ear with spring clip is what came with my Halogen headlight buckets.

                                      After looking at the lights you list, I believe those are more for the stop/turn replacements as they are simply 1157 type bulbs.

                                      If you do have a Halogen headlight reflector it will be the three eared spring clip mounting, I have not seen a Halogen bulb that was the 2 pin bayonet style bulb.

                                  • #21
                                    Mr. Wizard,

                                    The 12V Halogen bulbs I just received came from Mr. Steve at Bert's and are the (2) pin types to fit in original Model A sockets with original reflectors. Appears I heard or read some time back that after installing same, they shine pretty much the same when switched from dim to bright & vice versa.

                                    I'll later try calling the J.D. Co. inquiring about information on trying to see if they offer (2) pin LED 12V headlights for original Model A sockets, and later post their recommendations, if any.

                                    Prior to your above suggestions about LED's, I was thinking about trying to call the superbrightleds,com Co. to see what they might offer for 12V Model A LED headlights.

                                    Thanks again.

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                                    • #22
                                      Mr. *****,

                                      I would try photographing the Pertronix Coil, Wet Razor Back Hog Hair Shaving experiment, but with my luck, I would probably get arrested for trying to shock fish.

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                                      • #23
                                        Originally posted by old31 View Post
                                        What are you guys do to keep the windows open on roadsters? On hot days its great to open it, but unlike the closed cars we do not have the luxury of having the notched windshield swing arms.
                                        I kept a 4 inch length of radiator hose over the gear shift lever, and when I wanted the window open, I would place that between the window and the dash rail, keeping the window open 4 inches. Downside was that the interior mirror would be rendered useless.
                                        Bill
                                        http://www.brauchauto.com/
                                        Eastern Connecticut

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                                        • #24
                                          I am very familiar with bees in the shirt and up your leg. I have been riding motorcycles all my life. Try getting one inside the helmet at 70 mph in the left lane of the free way. Trying to maintain control, safely change lanes so you can stop all the while having a hornet using your ear for target practice. All in fun LOL

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                                          • Mitch
                                            Mitch commented
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                                            Welcome Ed

                                          • DaWizard
                                            DaWizard commented
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                                            Hey Ed, Welcome to the Forum. I too have been the one to receive greetings from bees throughout my riding career, the most notable was a bumble bee at 100+mph while a youngster in the '60's. Damn near knocked me off the bike. If it wasn't for my backrest, it would have. Damned thing gave me a welt the size of a silver dollar!

                                        • #25
                                          I have the H4 halogen headlights and am interested in the LED replacement bulbs.
                                          Alaskan A's
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                                          Model A Ford Club of America
                                          Model A Restorers Club
                                          Antique Automobile Club of America
                                          Mullins Owners Club

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                                          • DaWizard
                                            DaWizard commented
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                                            Carl, check your PMs. Thanks for inquiring.

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