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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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New Life for Old Fords

Posted July 14, 2009 12:01 AM by dstrohl

Time once was when careful scouring of the neighborhood used car lot or local junkyard would turn up a vintage car that warranted "fixing up". Today the process is not so simple. Intact, restorable cars, when found, are not inexpensive.

Since good Model A chassis are still available, alternative bodies provide affordable access to the old car hobby. The homebuilt approach is limited only by the ingenuity of the builder, but as with any creative design, freelance craftsmanship can produce real horrors if the builder loses his sense of proportion and design.

Building a wooden body requires a home handyman's collection of woodworking tools. A bench saw, jig or band saw, and electric sander are essential, with a router and jointer being useful.

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