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History The Second Coming...

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Ryan, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. Halfdozen
    Joined: Mar 8, 2008
    Posts: 612


    I misspent some younger years building and thrashing numerous VW's. Fun cars. Always loved the 356's, had occasion to drive a couple belonging to others, they were an absolute gas to drive. I had a very rotten B parts car that donated spindles, steering box and brakes to a '65 beetle.

    I had the fortune to work on a four cylinder carerra motor once. They were all four cammers, with dual ignition and two plugs per cylinder. This one drove the distributors off the ends of two camshafts, one per bank. Others (different years) used a V drive on the nose of the crank. The cams were driven by a series of shafts with bevel gears. It was like a Swiss watch; the design, machining and overall fit and finish was magnificent.

    Thanks for taking this step outside the box, Ryan. Glad to see there's lots of us that appreciate it.
  2. thewishartkid
    Joined: Jun 23, 2006
    Posts: 878


    I thought it was about obama! Oops
  3. Rod Emory
    Joined: Mar 7, 2007
    Posts: 8

    Rod Emory

    Hey TP, It was fun seeing you guys at the Ventura event. I still have the Playing Card Biz Card you guys gave me....

    Here are some shots of my personal car you are referencing here. It started life as a Stock 1964 356 Cabriolet with a soft top. I have included a never before seen shot of the car with the top off. It is the only time in 15 years I have removed the top only because Papa (Neil Emory) wanted to rip through the hills topless. I don't like it with the top off.

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  4. Donnj
    Joined: Dec 5, 2007
    Posts: 304

    from North NJ

    a refreshing thread... many thanks

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  5. Wow that is a incredible car!! Thanks for posting the pictures.
  6. Rod Emory
    Joined: Mar 7, 2007
    Posts: 8

    Rod Emory

    Thanks Lars!

    It was a great time seeing you at the track and I look forward to many more. The day after seeing you I was in Roswell for the RedBull Stratos Jump where history was made. My best friend and business partner Art Thompson is the brains behind the Stratos Project. The capsule was built in our Lancaster, CA shop This is also our CA facility for Emory Motorsports.

    Here is a shot of me at the wheel at our shop with part of the Capsule in the background. So yes under one roof we have the latest and greatest technology and next to it me doing what I do building these old hunks of steel and aluminum. :)

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  7. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,612

    from SUGAR CITY

    This made my day. Now that's in criminal! :D:D:D:D

    Scootermcrad has been showing me the finer points of Porsche's lately since he bought a '70 911 a few months ago. I like them especially the 356's but I just don't know where they lie on my bucket list. I bet they'd move up a few notches if I got a ride in one.

    Joined: Jul 16, 2006
    Posts: 2,571


    I like bugs.
  9. sobpunx
    Joined: Feb 7, 2009
    Posts: 314


    I have been to his house, I didn't know he was well known till now. I walked by a barn and looked in an saw a few porsches, all super nice.
  10. truckjim
    Joined: May 21, 2011
    Posts: 166


    Oh God, how true! Memories :)
  11. alfin32
    Joined: Jun 20, 2006
    Posts: 1,406

    from Essex, Ma.

    Hot Rods, and 356 Porsches have always been a shared passion for me. I drove my '57 Speedster from Ma. to Ca., 3900 miles in 7 days in '04, and hope to replicate the trip in my Deuce 5W. The Emory's are a great family, and I've known Rod's dad, Gary, for 30 years. Thanks Ryan for introducing them to the HAMB family.
  12. Karrera
    Joined: Jan 19, 2008
    Posts: 170


    Great background story on the Emory's history.

    Yes - the Dean Jeffries car is a Carrera - I'm working on getting the 4-cam engine installed in the car this Spring. Its not the original engine but it's a good rebuilt 4-cam that sounds amazing.

    Joined: Dec 3, 2002
    Posts: 1,119


    James Dean had one worked on by Von Dutch. I forgive you. This one is of course a replica. As seen at the KKOA show in Salina.

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  14. Wow, This really turned into an epic thread!
  15. BlackJackPG
    Joined: Mar 23, 2012
    Posts: 156

    from Indiana!

    I'll admit it too, the Germans were on to something with these little cars.


    Thought you guys would get a kick out of this too... I've been Herbie (The Love Bug) fan since before I can remember. These cheesy old movies single handedly shaped my love for cars.


    "A VW is the poor man's Porsche!"

  16. lippy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2006
    Posts: 5,118

    from Ks

    Looks a little....foreign (sp) me. Lippy
  17. SakowskiMotors
    Joined: Nov 18, 2006
    Posts: 1,240


  18. racer756
    Joined: May 24, 2006
    Posts: 1,324


    Great thread!

    We call em German Corvairs 'round here.
  19. go-twichy
    Joined: Jul 22, 2010
    Posts: 1,650


    is this the end of the hamb as we know it? stay tuned, next time we celibrate yugoslavia's yugo! (you go)
  20. Hey Rod, you guys still have the 34 Ford coupe up there in Oregon. I went to one of your VW swapmeets over 10 years ago. I was able to look at the 34. Sure be nice to see pictures of it. I have a 59 356 coupe in my stash of cars, plus a few VW's. Dean
  21. skywolf
    Joined: Jul 1, 2006
    Posts: 1,868


    How about one of these sporty little numbers ?

  22. rbantique
    Joined: Jun 12, 2008
    Posts: 6,398

    from maine

    <a href=";current=abi.jpg" target="_blank">[​IMG]</a>>

    Found this one hiding in my closet along with a dozen split window VW busses
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  23. That's my A. And my Oval. That's all I can add.

  24. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 4,513


    Holy shit Rod! You have taken metal fabrication to the next level . . . mind-blowing stuff. Welcome to the HAMB!
  25. Now, that is one fine "Traditional German Hot Rod" in my opinion! This thread has certainly made my day. I've always had a soft spot for the sports cars, as well as the hot rods. Thanks to Ryan for starting the thread, and for you Rod, for joining in.
  26. Didn't we fight a whole war so we didn't have to put up with fucking German shitbox cars?

  27. Outback
    Joined: Mar 4, 2005
    Posts: 1,158

    from NE Vic

    Thanks Ryan, Thanks Rod, what an amazing story, a great read.
  28. striper
    Joined: Mar 22, 2005
    Posts: 4,498


    The proof, as they say, is in the pudding:

    Again, the proof is in the pudding:

    The Porsches are fine Ryan. The problem is this common misuse of the saying, "The proof of the pudding is in the eating"

    And you call yourself a writer :rolleyes:

  29. scootermcrad
    Joined: Sep 20, 2005
    Posts: 12,348


    I just love cars. Bottom line. I appreciate the automobile in so many different forms. Where some people just love Fords, or Chevys, or call themselves Pontiac guys, or whatever, I like virtually all mechanized vehicles. Especially if they haul ass and handle well. I SORT OF understand why people have negative opinions of these cars, but I think there is a lot of truth in saying these cars, as well as several other European makes, inspired hot rods and customs post-war and currently.

    Awhile ago, in the canyons above Whittier (CA), my buddy Maurice ( and I did a photo shoot with my buddy Sal, a big time Porsche guy. Now, I was already interested in early Porsches. I've always been a fan simply because of the heritage and dedication already mentioned here in this thread. Was sort of a bucket list car, if you will. But, then we met up with Sal and I finally got to see his 356A Coupe in person. Classic Porsche silver, sporty red interior and racing buckets, restored down to the stickers and upgraded with era-correct vintage racing parts. It absolutely RUINED me and the flame for the German sports car was hot again...

    Sorry for the shameless plug. Only picture I have access to, at the moment. Was using it for a project for my blog....


    This car, as well as the 550 Spyder coupe was inspirational to me simply for the sake of the simple details and the quality of metal work and style.


    Like every other heap of crap I started out with, I'm starting on an early 911 RSR hot rod project just the same way. Going to be a lot of interesting metal work on the car when it's done. I've always wanted something to take to the track and pull hard in the corners with. But then, this car is FAR from being on-topic here. None the less... I just love cars.

  30. damagedduck
    Joined: Jun 16, 2011
    Posts: 2,342

    from Greeley Co

    Thanks! I was hoping there would have been more Volkwagens even though i'm not a bug person,every day i drive my son's Transporter to work,we built it the 'Traditional' way with hand tools {father & son project}tought him who to do the body/engine work- along with the evils of wiring! he has since gotten into older cars(maybe he's my son after all?:D) our Transporter is very 'Traditional' cold/bouncey bare minium cruiser! I was a foreign car hater til i starting with my son~on his German love!

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