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Buried in another thread I started, someone suggested I cover my car while trailering it to Nashville. I've always transported my cars without a cover and have been led to believe transporting with a cover in place no matter how snug it fits will ruin the paint and/or trim while the cover flaps in the wind.

I'd LOVE to transport the car with the cover in place, but I still think it would be asking for trouble to do so. Does anyone have any firsthand experience transporting a car with a cloth cover on an open trailer?

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Rich, It is my understanding that is a big NO-NO. The air forced under the cover results in "wind tunnel" affect
and causes the cover (no matter how tight) to slap and rub against the paint job. Also any dust/debris/bugs that should somehow fly under the cover would then become 'antagonists' against the paint as the cover would force them to be compressed against the car body.

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I think you would not want to remove the cover once you arrived in Nashville.


We would probably have to carry you to Bellview in a straight jacket.


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Okay, I get the picture. I'll be traveling sans cover. I just thought I'd check in the event I had been wrong all these years. It would be nice to arrive with a clean car!

Thanks everyone for your input.
 

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If you care to keep the bugs off try industrial strength Saran Wrap across the front grill and headlights. When you get there just peel it off... We do that down here during "Luv Bug" season. I have seen white cars look black on the front covered in soooo many of em! and they have acid in their guts that EAT paint over night!!!

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Rich, I use a front mask (bra) that I purchased thru OPG. It has a screen that covers the front grill area. Works great for road trips.

It might help keep the trash flying up from your truck from damaging the front end.

As for a cover don't do it. I can't tell you how many times I have seen covers ruin paint. People here in the desert use them outside and after a few wind storms they uncover their car only to find the paint ruined!

By the way I picked up a copy of Super Chevy today. The 65 looks great. You should do well at the chevellabration!

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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by harleighguy:
....they have acid in their guts that EAT paint over night!!!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Wasn't that in a movie called "Aliens"
 

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Most I know that head out to shows, either on a trailer or driven, apply a thin spray of "Pam" to the grill, bumper, lights, etc on the front end. Then, when they get to the show its just a simple wipedown to be ready.

This of course does not apply to my ugly beast.

Have you ever been there at a show and see a "cherry" looking ride come in all sparkling and say to yourself: WoW, what a beauty!!!! Only to watch them park and get out the Q-tips, detail wax, polish rags, etc..etc...

Then about 2-3hrs later have to go get your sunglasses because of the glare of their car is blinding you?!?!?! Man, now thats dedication and pride, and better left to the "true, anal" show car guys.

There's no way in hell I want to have to go thru that for a show!!!!! I'll stick with the "ya, its ok" finish, and once I get around to redoing my baby I'll step up ONLY to the next level and be at the "ya, she's nice" stage.

Rather be driving than shining anyday!!! LoL

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One thing you can do to minmize the bug guts build-up problem is to buy one of those front end screens. It lets the air flow through but stops the majority of the bug guts from becoming lodged in the radiator and grille work.

I used one of these on my 64 Convertible when driving it to Nashville for the NCOA Chevelle convention. No scratches and minimal clean-up. I will probably use one on the front of the Elky for this trip. It takes awy from the looks while installed, but saves the paint IMO.
 
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