Naked in Tampa! Time to get dressed?

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Been naked for awhile now but the summer weather has finally showed as normal In Tampa. Funny thing is it was a blast. No better way to end the work day then to get in my 392 for my daily commute home, driving the city keeps your mind occupied but once you hit the highway, those work thoughts that you are trying to escape creep back in. I found the fix… hit a torrential downpour. I keep the soft top stowed just for the FL rains, it got dark and you could see it right in front of me, stopped and put it up, still no doors, no windows, no back, just the overhead cover. This had me laughing and it was fun, Forrest Gump type rain and I was soaked. I’ve been in love with my open air hot rod with go kart like handling, and drive it that way, love every moment of it. Had an 81 CJ, a 95 YJ, and an 05 LJ and the elements never bothered me; but somehow the refinement and luxury of these 392 JLs seems a little over the top. Crossed that barrier yesterday, everything soaked, inches of water sloshing in the floorboards, water off of other vehicles tires jet-spraying in, I forgot completely about work and had a blast. Even got thumbs up from the beat up old Ford trucks who respected this crazy fool.

Carpets are out now, jack compartment was filled with water, used a ton of micro-fibers… and she is still wet inside. I’d like to say that is because of me, but no it was the rain. But I am serious when I say now all I need is that motor, the associated electronics to remain functioning, to include the Uconnect which is so much better than my Ford Sync, and a durable drivetrain. Might be time to LineX the inside.
 

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Been naked for awhile now but the summer weather has finally showed as normal In Tampa. Funny thing is it was a blast. No better way to end the work day then to get in my 392 for my daily commute home, driving the city keeps your mind occupied but once you hit the highway, those work thoughts that you are trying to escape creep back in. I found the fix… hit a torrential downpour. I keep the soft top stowed just for the FL rains, it got dark and you could see it right in front of me, stopped and put it up, still no doors, no windows, no back, just the overhead cover. This had me laughing and it was fun, Forrest Gump type rain and I was soaked. I’ve been in love with my open air hot rod with go kart like handling, and drive it that way, love every moment of it. Had an 81 CJ, a 95 YJ, and an 05 LJ and the elements never bothered me; but somehow the refinement and luxury of these 392 JLs seems a little over the top. Crossed that barrier yesterday, everything soaked, inches of water sloshing in the floorboards, water off of other vehicles tires jet-spraying in, I forgot completely about work and had a blast. Even got thumbs up from the beat up old Ford trucks who respected this crazy fool.

Carpets are out now, jack compartment was filled with water, used a ton of micro-fibers… and she is still wet inside. I’d like to say that is because of me, but no it was the rain. But I am serious when I say now all I need is that motor, the associated electronics to remain functioning, to include the Uconnect which is so much better than my Ford Sync, and a durable drivetrain. Might be time to LineX the inside.
Oh I am living vicariously through you! I live in your general area, and couldn't imagine flooding the interior of my new Jeep. It was fun reading about you doing it though. Great story. I travel I-75 quite often, though most times it’s stop and go gridlock. South Florida summers are too brutal for me to keep the top down. It’s either too blazing hot and sunny in the morning and burns you to a crisp, or it’s too rainy every afternoon. Like Russian roulette you never know when that afternoon rain cloud will open up on you. But if you travel I-75 in the summer, it’s guaranteed to soak you at least once or twice a week. We’re the lightning capital of the world as an added bonus, so the constant flashes liven things up more if the torrential rains aren’t enough for you. Here’s us, yesterday, in my 392 on I-75 heading north toward Tampa, into an afternoon tropical monsoon:

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I took the doors and rear side panels off for the first time today. Drove it around the neighborhood and really enjoyed it.
 

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