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Old 11-23-2018, 09:45 AM
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Have a chance to put 67 away for winter 40 miles away. Need to free up garage . Is 20 degree weather ok to drive the car. Roads are clear and have not been salted yet. Other option is Sunday in 40s but roads wet from night before. I think the heat works in car
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Old 11-23-2018, 09:55 AM
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Of course it's okay. That's why these cars have chokes and heaters. All but a few of 'em, anyway.

You'll be fine, and so will the car. Just don't expect the tires to grip as well as they did in July.

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If it starts and runs, why wouldnít you drive it. The only thing that prevents me driving is salt, ice or snow. Dave
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Your motor will LOVE the cold air. It's Mother Nature's original CAI. Have fun....
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Old 11-23-2018, 10:06 AM
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Youíll find out the Corvette heaters, when working as designed, will toast your toes.
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Old 11-23-2018, 10:11 AM
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As Frankie said, the Corvette heaters are exceptionally effective. Most of them were engineered to heat MUCH larger cockpits, so it doesn't take too long before they will fry your eyeballs. Good tip from SJW about the tires, too.- not a very good grip in really cold temperatures. Just take it easy, and you'll be fine. It's below zero this morning in upstate New York and the Corvettes are asleep in the garage, covered up and plugged in, so no more Corvetting for me until spring.
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Old 11-23-2018, 10:24 AM
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Geeez 20! ... greetings from Tennessee.... your car will love it.... your nutz not so much.
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just note when first start driving the tires will feel odd, the trans wont shift too well and before your hand heats up the shifter its going to be very cold
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Originally Posted by Daren67 View Post
Have a chance to put 67 away for winter 40 miles away. Need to free up garage . Is 20 degree weather ok to drive the car. Roads are clear and have not been salted yet. Other option is Sunday in 40s but roads wet from night before. I think the heat works in car

Is this a troll's question? What about all of us who drove these cars all year long as they were are only means of transportation. 20 degrees. "BFD," as said by Barak Obama to his Veep.
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Old 11-23-2018, 12:30 PM
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Originally Posted by ejboyd5 View Post
What about all of us who drove these cars all year long as they were are only means of transportation. 20 degrees.

We drove them back in the day at 0F and thought nothing of it. In a few feet of snow too.

Larry

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Old 11-23-2018, 12:58 PM
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If its a big block, you probably won't even need the heater. Those have a tendency to heat up the cabin after a while due to the heat generated by the engine. Of course if the car has some decent insulation, not so much.
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Old 11-23-2018, 01:18 PM
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I donít know why people even have these thoughts.
They are just cars. They were designed for everyday transportation when new and if properly maintained they are no different than any late model car as far as where and when to drive them. 40 years ago I was driving mine on the unplowed streets in NW Illinois daily in the winter.
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Originally Posted by ejboyd5 View Post
Is this a troll's question? What about all of us who drove these cars all year long as they were are only means of transportation. 20 degrees. "BFD," as said by Barak Obama to his Veep.
Biden said it to Obama....
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You should never drive your car when it is 20 degrees unless you have Pertronix ignition and are using 10W-30 Synthetic oil and an Edelbrock carb. If the temperature gauge gets over 180 degrees, you are overheating and damaging the engine. Run, Forrest, Run.
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My 65 was my daily driver in the early 70's and did just fine. I had it out yesterday for my annual Thanksgiving Day drive. It was 15 degrees out. Seems to make more horsepower when it's cold. 47 years ago today, I bought it. November 23, 1971.

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Depending on when was the last time you checked...check your tire pressure before setting out.
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Old 11-23-2018, 05:04 PM
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Drove mine many times at -30 to -38 degrees in late 1960ís. Just had to idle engine to warm everything prior to driving and put up with the thudding of the original tires until they rounded out. Those days it was a daily driver.
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Old 11-23-2018, 05:08 PM
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I drove mine yesterday in upper-20F weather. Love driving them in the spring and fall far more than during summer. The only suggestion I would make is to double-clutch that 1-2 shift while the trans is getting some heat in it.
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Old 11-23-2018, 06:29 PM
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Put the top down, put on sunglasses and a Burger King crown and you're all set.
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Old 11-23-2018, 06:40 PM
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All set. Car ran great. I was more concerned with hitting NYC potholes and splitting frigid fiberglass than anything else. Car runs great with Lars tuned distributor. Best itís ever ran
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