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Completing #387


Peter Richards

I started this project in early 2015 and was ready to have it titled and registered by March 2016. Compared to the stories about the registry process in the UK, my experience was a cakewalk. It seemed the primary concern here in California is to make sure all the taxes have been paid. The key term facilitating the title and registration process was "specially constructed vehicle". Once I was given a temporary permit, I was required to have a registered motorcycle dealer do a simple brake and light inspection. An inspection by the California Highway Patrol made sure the numbers attached to the vehicle matched the paper work. Once I had these, I was then able to get insurance and plates. Overall, it took about a month to do it all. Tony B. has an informative piece on a site about licensing procedures in California.

As an artist, I consider all home built Pembletons interactive kinetic sculptures. They reveal much about the builders - where they live, their sensibilities, their decision-making processes and the times we are all living in. Visually, they evoke the possibility of adventure, taking personal paths and in my case, garner many smiles and thumbs up gestures. Personally, I have been drawn to Pembleton builds that follow Phil Gregory’s implied dictum of creating the most with least. He essentially told me to relax and use the wiring harness, the engine and all the donor parts sent to me by 2CV City and see what happens. Like many, I couldn’t resist applying a little lipstick to my build but always had Phil’s words in mind. I was never a fan of the Morgan "tail" with the spare tire mounted on the truncated cone so tried to some up with another solution to finishing off the rear end. I dumped the idea of carrying the spare and with inspiration from the Bugatti Atlantique, devised a way of joining four hand formed panels into a somewhat coherent tail. My fledgling skills as a sheet metal craftsman did not meet the level of my concept but for now it is okay. Because we don’t have water heaters with copper linings available here, I employed a bisected Chinese cooking wok for the nose cone. This process of sorting through my accumulated mountains of junk to adapt findings into components gave me a great deal of pleasure. But the ultimate pleasure is the recurring realization that I actually built this thing with my own two hands as I am buzzing down a country road.

If interested, my artwork can be seen on

There are pictures of the completed car in the Owners' cars section - the editor

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