I used to have a '76 trans am with the reversed shaker hood scoop that was open. It used to suck rain in at free way speeds or when under hard throttle. I never had any issues other than needing to replace air filters sooner due to it getting dirty faster. I don't recall ever having a soaking wet filter. Even if so, I don't think it would be enough to cause any internal damage. If anything it probably helped the occasional detonation due to the water injection effect.
>'68 Highland Green fastback clone. 331 EFI, AFR heads, tube chassis, Cobra brakes, Fox rack & pinion steering,T5z, 8.8" Auburn limited slip w/ 3.27:1 rear gears, triangulated 4 link, QA1 coil overs, run once in the 1/4: 13.3 @ 107.5
I'm running a shaker hood scoop that has it's flapper open at all times, so air is coming in straight into the carburator from the air filter element...so no rainy rides for me, i wouldn't drive it in the rain period..if back in '69 they had those shaker hoods available, i guess you could drive them in the rain, water is suppose to come down the drain from the shaker seal, never happened to me, so i don't know if it really works at highway speeds..
[color:red][/color]My 4 wheel lug nuts make more torque than your Honda!
As others have said the amount of rain may have an impact but unlikely. I'm guessing yyou have a usual paper filter with the housing top screwed over it so rain needs to flow down and through the filter to get anywhere near the internals.
That being said...just how dirty do you want your engine? water entering the engine bay from above will make for some nasty cleaning later.
The 67 Shelby-style scoop is great for getting your distributor wet in the rain. Got me blocking the left lane during rush hour traffic. Another time I got caught in a small downpour and the car stuttered a bit but I was able to pass the rain cloud and go on my way. No more rain driving for me until I fix that.
I was caught in the rain real bad this summer in my '65 fastback - shelby hood, open element air cleaner. I never seen rain like this, just sheets, and I was on the highway - 30 minutes from home. Wipers couldn't do much of anything, and large puddles, trucks and underpasses completely enveloped me in water.
I was praying I wouldn't stall or hydroplane, but the stang kept going. I eventually got home, openned the hood and was shocked that the engine compartment was relatively dry!!
Unless you are following some other vehicle closely spraying water directly into your grill, you will probably be OK. I also have an aftermarket ignition system and distributor. I guess I was lucky.
66 GT K code convertible
65 GT350 Replica
Just make sure your dizzy cap is on tight and even better if you wrap it up with a late model boot.
Yeah I'll eventually get one of those boots the next time I hit the boneyards. I just haven't been to one in years. The last time it started to drizzle and I was driving the Mustang I wrapped the distributor with a plastic grocery bag held on with duct tape. Didn't rain hard enough for me to test its effectiveness, which is fine with me.
The AutoGuide.com network consists of the largest network of enthusiast-owned enthusiast-operated automotive communities.
AutoGuide.com provides the latest car reviews, auto show coverage, new car prices, and automotive news. The AutoGuide network operates more than 100 automotive forums where our users consult peers for shopping information and advice, and share opinions as a community.