2014 Capital City Spring Fling

The Corvair club near Sacramento has an event every spring. It seemed like a fun event and I decided to go.

Partly for this event, and also because I had been thinking of the Convention in Tacoma, I had decided that I needed a bit of rain resistance.
To start, a non-mesh top should help in wet weather.
Joann’s has regular sales, and I got a big chunk of outdoor vinyl. They were out of black, but they had some gray that matches the primer very nicely. A lady at our church was willing to do the sewing, so I gave her the vinyl and the existing mesh top as a pattern.

While she was working on the top, I fabbed up some rear quarter windows (1/8″ clear plastic) for the car and mounted them in. Very light, and fit fairly well. Also got the wiper motor working and a switch hung in temporarily.

The church lady had some challenges getting the vinyl sewn, and some of the stitching wasn’t perfectly straight. Also, I had asked that it be a bit larger on the sides, and she obliged. My estimate wasn’t too good, and it kind of flaps down over the sides a bit far. Dang. Well, it’s still ok.

Overall, it’s … wait for it … “good enough”.
That’s the mantra for this car.

Anyway, at the very last minute I was installing the snaps in the fabric and got it installed on the Toy.
The weather promised rain enroute, and I’d really decided to go and had sent in my registration fee.

I got the car together late Friday, and decided to catch a nap then drive through the night.
I found out the vinyl top was horribly noisy, because the front edge caught air coming off the windshield. It billowed up, howled like a banchee at anything over 40 mph, and would funnel any rain on the windshield into the inside of the vinyl and onto me.

I kept the vinyl in place up to Gorman, then stopped at the gas station there. Vinyl top off, mesh top on.
Turns out that, at speed, the mesh works just fine!

So, the rest of the weekend I kept the mesh top in place. In Sacramento, we had no rain after early morning. I had some rain coming home, but kept moving and everything worked fine.

Oddly, the only time I got much water through the door window opening was going down the Grapevine toward Bakersfield. The wind was quartering and I was getting raindrops in my eyes for a bit.

The car ran fine, and hwy 99 is somewhat scenic. It was a good trip.

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