Has anyone tried driving their T with the top half up like that? Is there any advantage?
Definitely an advantage to the Arabs, as the gas mileage will drop like a rock.
Better gas mileage when the wind is at your back. Also great to hide behind for some smooching when at the lake. :<)
Jay, nice early Model N (Ford), thanks for posting.
We drive with the top 1/2 up when it's cold and we're driving into the sun. Without a windshield, the top half down gives some warmth (sun) and still helps keep the wind off. It's also a simple way to drop the top back in order to get in and out of the car easily.
The top doesn't catch any more wind than when it's up (and the back is rolled down). The top isn't any higher than when fully up. We are able to drive on our trailer either way, and the clearance is almost the same.
A few examples
The first Model N displayed at the Armory in New York, Jan 1906:
Milt R. and wife, Savannah GA in the winter of 2012. The red Solo cup says it all: