The most common question I get about my car collection is “Why do you need more than one?” and the answer for me is that they are different. That’s not to say that the person asking the question simply thinks “oh, that’s logical” most of the time they seem to think in terms of “but… but… but…” and have a rely hard time getting their head around the answer.
This is an article about a build plan and how that difference in character is created. There is a bit of a problem with Emory though. I don’t like convertibles particularly much, at least not most of them. I do have to say that I think Emory is pretty, but with that said I usually don’t really know what to do around convertibles. The “problem” with Emory was that it was my dads car and I wanted it even though I didn’t really know what to do with it. I had to think long and hard about what the car was and how it might fit together with me.
Philosophy for the car: Finding a niche for the car is a lot about understanding my own interests, and apart from cars, one of my biggest interests is photography. It’s when I put that together with a convertible that I knew what role this car would play in the collection. The lack of roof as well as the b- and c-pillars makes it an I deal platform to shoot photography from. It also turns the fact that its heavy upside down and it suddenly becomes a useful trait for the car. Fast enough to keep up in a photo shoot, heavy and stiff to offer stability, and open for those panning shots.
Originally it was supposed to be a zero fucks given build with mounting points for cameras and mat black paint, but then I understood the Hartge history of the car and changed my approach partially. Still want it to be a photography platform, but maybe not rough looking. Basically it needs to look a little better then originally intended.
Modifications currently on the list: It’s a huge project and a lot of unknowns that are running around in my mind. I’ve cleaned up the interior and next on my list is to attempt to start the engine.
The car has been sitting for a long time with holes in the intake rubber and I just cant be sure about the conditions inside the engine. Rather then damaging anything I will take the safe route and lubricate the pistons from the top, changing oil, going through the ignition system, and gently start with hand pulling the flywheel to see if I can feel any resistance. While the engine is the big money item there is also practical things like the battery mounting looks pretty dodgy and the battery is missing. Admittedly these are easier tasks but they do still take time.
Moving on from that there’s no paint on the car, it might need some light body work, the wheels are pretty rotten, the breaks are probably rotten from time alone, there are not bumpers, most things you need to strip for paint has been, which obviously means those pieces are on the list to bolt back on. Honestly thinking about it to write about it is making me a little stressed so I’m going to stop here and spare my motivation, sometimes its better to be blissfully unaware.
Time frame for project: No idea, this is a pig in a bag and I’m just going to play it as it comes up. Right now I’m focusing on getting it started this summer. Taking every precaution to start it up without damage, and then take it from there.
In the future I plan to publish build reports about the different build plans, note to self, that I give a better time plan in the future when I know more what I have gotten myself into.
There you have it, a build plan on one of the hardest car in the garage, a project way bigger than I usually take on. In a sense it’s one of the hardest builds to write about because there’s just so much, but I hope you’ve got a sense of where this is going at least.
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Writer: Pierre Helgesson
Title: Founder & CEO of Drivers Soul