There comes a point in every builder's life that the thrill of the hop and the rumble from the trunk becomes too much to want to deal with; a day where the next build is something for the family to enjoy with the top down under the summer sun, not for a turntable or for an active night of swinging on the boulevard. But just because we don't need the entire neighborhood to hear us doesn't mean that we don't want clean sound and a clean classic to hit the street with.
This month's build follows a rare classic, the Lincoln Continental four-door convertible. With simple lines and a hide-away top, the car has clean lines top up or down, and the suicide doors give it a flavor all its own. For such a large car, you would expect the trunk to be huge, as it is. The issue we need to overcome is the hide-away top. This top pulls itself back and into the trunk leaving us virtually no room. There's just enough space for a cooler and a picnic blanket, but not for a sub enclosure. So how do we fit our clean sound desires with no trunk to play with? Integrate and modernize!
With the overall appearance a simple yet full system could be a bit of challenge. Stock with a modern flare led us down a path where the installer, upholsterer and painter would come together and find common ground. This vehicle had a simplistic attempt at our final result, a pair of speakers and a single 8-inch sub to add a little more body to the sound. The goal for the front stage was clean, full and seamless. For this stage, we opted to reintroduce an old friend, the horn loaded compression driver.
Coming back in vogue, Image Dynamics describes their controlled dispersion HLCD speakers as the most technologically advanced method for overcoming the acoustics of the mobile audio environment. Their proprietary characteristics make them the ultimate choice in midrange and high-frequency reproduction. To give some girth to the music a pair of 10s was desired in place of the 8, and this is where it gets tricky. Follow along as we "unstick" a sticky situation, integrating modernization to the classic restoration.