I have drove my junk in the rain for hundreds of miles during Drag Week, didn't bother a thing, but I had a hood on it, just no air cleaner and w/ a forward facing scoop. I don't think you will catch enough water to bother a thing..
Thanks guys, my main concern is keeping water out of the carb and the ignition. I do have a K&N air cleaner for the carb but not sure how well that will keep water out while driving. Also I am not sure how the coil and dis. will like all the water. I have a few last things that need to be done to the car and with the trailer tied up I was planning on driving the car but there are thunderstorms in the forecast for the days that I was going to have the work done.
8 inches, holy crap. Is it a common car that you can get a crappy hood for and cut it out to at least cover everything else that doesn't like to be wet. duct tape an oil drain pan over the hole in the hood, or in your case a 5 gallon bucket...
Opening day of the track is Sat. and I really need to get the car on the chassis dyno and to the alignment shop before I take it to the track. Since the trailer is tied up until Sat. I have two option either drive the car to the place or wait for another week.
i see hot rods driving in the rain going to goodguy events, no hoods or hood sides. they do just fine. its when the car is parked and their is no heat in the engine to dry up the moisture that may be an issue. just cover it when parked.