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Hemmings Motor News has been around since 1954. We're proud of our heritage, but we're also more than the Hemmings full of classifieds that your father subscribed to. Aside from new editorial content every month in Hemmings, we have three monthly magazines: Hemmings Muscle Machines, Hemmings Classic Car and Hemmings Sports and Exotic Car.

While our editors traverse the country to find the best content for those magazines, we find other oddities related to the old-car hobby that we really had no place for - until now. With this blog, we're giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what we see and what we do during the course of putting out some of the finest automotive magazines you'll ever read.

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A Project Car Without Compromise?

Posted June 12, 2017 10:00 AM by dstrohl

Project cars are inherently a compromise. For more performance, you ultimately give up something that the factory engineers spent countless dollars (or pounds, yen, marks, lira, francs, krona—whatever) developing. It takes a special kind of car-guy hubris to think that you can do something better than the factory. After all, to get the performance you want, you almost always need to give up something, be it reliability, durability, noise isolation, ride, comfort—something’s gotta’ give!

After all, the factory not only had those talented and experienced engineers and designers but typically a lot of resources to back them as well. What do most of us have? A small “shop” in a crowded garage that needs to also store a lawnmower, a handful of bicycles, some gardening tools and probably a few heavy, annoying bags of seed, soil, concrete or whatever. Those factory guys not only have a bigger pile of cash to spend, but a much nicer shop, too.

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06/12/2017 10:59 AM

The key thing us small guys have is we are not tied down to designing in and creating useless crap to appease some bureaucratic entity or bean counters or whatever.

If I want to take the engine out of my vehicle and do a total ground up rebuild of it to eliminate every emission related component and aspect of its design aiming for shere fuel efficiency and performance I can.

If I don't like all the superfluous electronics and largely useless related electrical crap in my vehicle I can take it all out and reduce the systems to bare minimal components and if I want replace poorly designed components with better ones of my choice.

If I don't like my crappy plastic bumpers and crumple zone safety design I can rebuild my vehicle to eliminate them by putting high strength steel copies plus structural reinforcements in to eliminate that.

The only limit to what I can do is my willingness to pursue the endeavor, something the big auto manufacture's and their engineers can not because they have bureaucratic and financial profit limitations they have to work within and do not.

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06/13/2017 6:45 AM

I was going to say something but, you have summed it up, quite well.

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06/13/2017 10:11 AM

And yet, every once in a while a car makes it to the show room that leaves everyone scratching their heads, even today. Example: Plymouth Prowler and Dodge Viper. I doubt anyone would have believed an American car company would actually put those into production.

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06/13/2017 12:10 PM

How so? The American based markets at the time were calling for more uniquely styled vehicles to be introduced just to get away from the largely generic designs and concepts we were all seeing and largely still continue to see today.

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