Sun 10 Oct, 2004 10:44 am
I mean, is it legal? Just wondering...
Laws vary from place to place. It has not been illegal anywhere I have lived, to my knowledge.
However, I have not looked up the law, I just have never, ever heard of anyone being ticketed for not having a hood.
If my hood were off my car and I had to go somewhere, I wouldn't sweat it. I'd just go. If I got stopped, I'd take the slap on the wrist and put a hood on.
Well, I'd put a hood on asap anyway to protect the engine and its components from the elements.
It is not a reqirement in colorado or new mexico as far as I know, many hot-rodders are hoodless.
Most places, a street-driven vehicle requires a safely functioning steering system, headlights, tail lights, turn signals, brakes and brake lights, a horn or other audible warning device, seat belts for vehicles with 3 or more wheels, a sealable fuel system, and a muffled exhaust system. The rest is pretty much up to the owner, as long as whatever there is falls within width and length regulations, is mounted securely enough to remain with the vehicle at all times, does not present a hazard to other vehicles, pedestrians, or objects, and doesn't interfere with forward visibility.
in vermont where i live it is legal to run a car without a hood and doors. I have seen lots of hot rods ricers and street rods without hoods. I have seen jeeps run without doors and the pigs dont say anything
No hoods are required over here, but a floral bonnet must be worn if your riding a bike.
It's a very good question just in case you need to make it to the shop after you hood flies off in the middle of the interstate! It's was a great day
Me personally I just chanced it for two days until I could get to the junkyard but make sure you have your license, insurance and registration STRAIGHT cuz most cops will pull you just to find out the story.