That's an easy one:
On the C4 I use an old flannelized poly drill from North Coast Tarpaulin
Works (before they changed their name). Inside as soft as an angel's
kiss. Slightly porous and I have to wisk dust off the car when you
remove it. This is a year-round indoor cover and I shake the garage
dust out of it every couple of months.
New cover that I use on the C5 is a "Dustop" from Coast Covers. A bit
less porous than the Tan Flannel. No need to provide measurements, just
give them the year & model.
Haven't used it on my Corvette, so I'm not sure they make one for a
2006, but the
best INDOOR cover I've owned (and heartily recommend) is a pricey soft
with a soft flannel nap inside... luxurious; I've had it for at least a
dozen years and it's still
in very nice shape:
The Canvas Shop (Flint MI, I think)
800-345-3690 is the number I had for them
They made covers for a lot of the old classic cars of the 20's to 40's
and were well-known
in those circles. Mine is a camel brown, and I'm not sure if they
offered any choices in colors.
I don't think they have a website, although I did find this website for
a "Canvas Shoppe"
in Flint that specializes in outdoor boat covers...
But they ONLY mention boat covers and don't show any soft canvas materials.
The website shows a slightly different 800 number, too (800-345-3670),
so possibly my
number is wrong, or perhaps they use a different number for cars than
for boats, or
maybe the company changed hands and now only does boats.
On Wed, 25 Oct 2006 18:15:28 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org (dave)
I had found that the liggtweight indoor covers sold
by the chain auto stores (Pep Boys, Auto Zone etc) work as well as
But to be truthful I have not even bothered to cover any of
my cars in years during the winter... just a waste of time in my
64 72 & 98 Convertibles
76 & 79 Coupes
Not a waste of time, how else would the mice clime up as easy as they do on a
cloth cover? Saves them the possibility of breaking their nails and also
provides them with cover that doubles as nesting material. Another plus is that
if a cat gets in there he/she is going to piss on it to mark it's territory. Cat
urine on a cloth pad stuck to a car finish is an awesome sight in the spring.
The good side to that is that if there are enough cats that piss on it the mice
won't come near it again.
Tis the season though when the plastic and aluminum cars are put away and the
tin cars are driven. What's up with that? Personally both my Corvettes get
driven all winter, with only salty, sloppy roads as an exception for enjoying
them all year long. The '72 will take me to the Halloween party since it is in
the country and the jerks normally stay in the cities with their soap bars.
Reminds me of driving in Ohio Dec 1969 in my 300/350 Vette roadster -- posi
and 4 speed -- and hitting an ice covered bridge with cars sliding all over
the place. Managed to keep calm and get over it without anyone hitting me --
heart in mouth. The stock tires were not too great in the snow or ice.
Reminds me of picking up one of the first Vettes I had. I had to pick it up
after a huge snowstorm because the idiot seller was still showing the car
and having people come look at it after he gave me a bill of sale and took
my deposit. He called me to say another guy was leaving a deposit. I had to
get it out of there before he sold it again.
It was about 40 miles home, most of it two-lane country highways that the
plows had been over maybe once that day. I remember those Goodyear F70-15
bias ply didn't do much to inspire confidence on snow-packed and icy roads
in the dark. A friend took me in his Vette and I always remember the
surreal feeling on the way back, driving much slower than the cars would
normally drive, in the dark, two Corvettes alone on lonely old highways.
Part of the way back, KSHE played "Truckin'" and it gave me a whole new
meaning to "what a long, strange trip it's been."
Your trip also reminds me of working in Akron one year, and headed home for
Thanksgiving. About 5 am, the windshield wipers began to get sluggish, and I
realized the rain was turning to ice. Good thing to know, because the next
bridge was frozen, and there were cars everywhere, just like yours. Luckily,
I had already slowed anticipating frozen bridges. Next several bridges were
the same way.
Winter driving, it is such a treat.
Not sure why driving a Corvette on snow or ice covered roads can be any
different than any other vehicle during its early years. Especially back when
the tires were much more narrow than they are today. Even the small amount of
ground clearance can be negotiated if you think about what you're driving. The
short wheel base is quicker and should be reckoned with is the only thing that
ever was an issue different than my family car in bad weather. My guess is that
even a snow plow with tons of traction can have a problem with black ice on a
I will admit that I wasn't driving in Ohio then, but then in Michigan we had
snow also, still drove the Corvette year round. Just gets harder to do with 10"
wide tires that are on the Corvettes now.
For the most part, I found Corvettes to do well in snow. Nothing is good on
ice, but the 4 speed let you kick in the clutch and not drive helplessly
into something in front of you, like an automatic. Of course, you can simply
push it into neutral but few think of that. That and the roughly 50/50
balance of them.
My problem was the old F70-15 bias ply tires with maybe 50% tread. They
weren't good new, and when worn, worse. My friend in his new '76 with GR70
radials was doing much better. Of course, we hit drifts that were higher
than our clearance that was not helpful.
Two factors to get one in trouble fast were the high horsepower and the
Positraction. Yes, I know the posi was to "help" in poor traction, but on
ice and some wet roads, it was too easy to spin the rear around. Add 350-400
hp to the mix and it was a recipe for many to have trouble with.
I used to start each winter on a parking lot in the first snow. Far away
from every car and pole, I'd spin it, slide it, turn it around, until I was
use to it. Then drive on the streets. Today, some cop will try to ticket you
for preparing for dangerous driving conditions.
On Wed, 25 Oct 2006 18:15:28 -0500, email@example.com (dave)
Dave, first, I don't own a vette yet (but I'm thinking about it in my
near retirement years) so you can take this post fwiw. But if I were
to cover any car, I'd probably sew a couple of thin blankets
(oversized) together to cover the car and then a large oversized
plastic tarp on top of that. Then I'd just use say bricks to hold it
down to the concrete (perhaps in the corners). I don't think you want
this cover to be air tight and yes, I suppose mice could get in
between layers. If that's a real concern, I guess you could sew the
two together on the edges. But as some others suggested, I'm not sure
covering up a car (months at a time) is a good thing (yeah I know
others do it but just my gut instinct owning a lot of cars over the
years). I'd probably only cover it with a plastic tarp temporarily if
I was doing dusty type work around it.
Now if you think my not owning a vette disqualifies me from answering
your post, ok.
No plastic period! Regardless of what you think, moisture can form under the
plastic in the soft material and stick it to the surface. I have some pictures
of a C3 that was stored like that and when the cover came off so did the
original paint. Also spent a full day polishing out a maroon 2002 that had the
cat piss I mentioned. Covered a '69 Camaro with plastic a week after I painted
it and didn't get back to it for a few of hours after it rained on it (reason it
was covered) and that took hours and hours to fix.
I also knew a few guys that had lots of plans when they retired and did so toes
up. Quit talking about it and do it soon.
I won't argue with you. I didn't like the idea of covering a car just
from my gut anyway except for a short time (1 day perhaps) when you
are doing dusty type work. Anyway, I'll shut up and let those
experienced speak <grin>.
No problem, and it was a good thought, just not what I have experienced YMMV
hopefully. Didn't mean to push you to be quiet about your thinking, just
expressing mine. A thin light cloth cover while doing dusty work is great, soft
and light won't scratch it when you remove the cover and was a good suggestion.
I saw one guy that had his car covered every time he closed the garage door. He
setup a network of pulleys and ropes to lower a cloth cover onto his car when
the garage door went down. I found it,,,,,,,,,, see, if you hadn't said
something all of this good information would never have been shared.
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