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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-18-2019, 06:06 AM Thread Starter
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Convertible or Fastback 1970

So I am considering the purchase of a convertible or Fastback 1970 XL in the next 12 months. I sold a 1970 LTD a few years back when I was laid off from a job.

I’m wondering the pros and cons as I’ve never owned a convertible. I live in Michigan so it’s really a summer car only. Overall plan is for a two tone blacked out hood, 429, possibly stick shift, mostly cruiser, not a serious drag car but I’ll probably stroke the engine, add some meaty tires (possibly minitub?). I like the mean looks of the Fastback, but the freedom of going topless is appealing. Any input would be appreciated, thank you!
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rent a convertible. drive it a bunch so you know what it's like. hate to see you be one of those who drive with the top down and windows up
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So I am considering the purchase of a convertible or Fastback 1970 XL in the next 12 months. I sold a 1970 LTD a few years back when I was laid off from a job.

Iím wondering the pros and cons as Iíve never owned a convertible. I live in Michigan so itís really a summer car only. Overall plan is for a two tone blacked out hood, 429, possibly stick shift, mostly cruiser, not a serious drag car but Iíll probably stroke the engine, add some meaty tires (possibly minitub?). I like the mean looks of the Fastback, but the freedom of going topless is appealing. Any input would be appreciated, thank you!
We have a 1970 XL convertible over here in rainy England. Been caught out a few times with the rain, once it started raining went to put the top up and it stalled half way up (fuse tripped) and we started getting wet. Drove a bit faster so that the rain went over the top. The interior is all leather anyway, so it just dried off with towels.
But I would say the benefits of the soft top out way the drawback of getting rained on. Don't take it out in the rain generally, but it does catch you out sometimes it is England.
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Believe it or not, highway speeds with the top down and the windows up are the best way to hear the radio and avoid the wind hammering your ears. Top and windows down on the streets!

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still makes you look like a dork. ive been driving mine for 30 years
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still makes you look like a dork. ive been driving mine for 30 years
Your opinion. I have learned enough to not be concerned what others think.

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still makes you look like a dork. ive been driving mine for 30 years
Agreed

I think you need a better radio
Get the convertible nothing like the wide open feeling !

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