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Locked and Loaded: Restoring an ignition lock

The restored ignition lock and yoke. While the components are off the car, now is the time to paint and polish them.

The following tips have been learned over the course of restoring 1935-’36 Ford ignition locks. These tips may also be helpful for restoring other early Ford V-8 ignition switches. More »

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Custom Crosley: Reader’s mystery car leaves unanswered questions


Last winter, Old Cars Weekly subscriber Brad Yoho of Stillwater, Minn., completed the restoration of an unusual 1948 Crosley that was customized several decades ago. The Crosley began as a factory-produced convertible, although the convertible Crosleys at this time had more of a sliding roof than a true complete folding top. Yoho believes the Crosley was customized in the mid 1950s, but he has been unable to find out much history of the vehicle to this point. More »

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Upholstery 101: An armrest project without too much elbow grease


Fabricating new armrest covers is a fairly straightforward proposition that uses some basic techniques and the existing material as a pattern. We’ll show you how. More »

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King of the Road: Don’t ignore king pins in suspension rebuild

Figure 1: A front axle with all the brake components removed.

Follow these general steps and procedures when rebuilding king pins. More »

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Bumper Bolt-Up: Challenger gets repro bumper

Sean Branson eyeballs the new mounting brackets to determine if the existing holes will work. “A lot of times you’ll have to hog out some holes and maybe do a little welding on the brackets,” he said. “We have an aftermarket bumper and aftermarket bracket, and a lot of times you’ll be just an 1/8 inch off and you’ll have to adjust the holes. This gives you a lot of adjustment left to right, but not as much up and down."

The rear bumper on this Dodge Challenger couldn’t be saved. But Fast Freddie’s Rod Shop in Eau Claire, Wis., had a solution. See step-by-step installation. More »

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Bringing home a ‘barn find’

While many of us in the old car hobby dream of stumbling across a dusty but otherwise all-original vehicle in a barn, it’s a very rare occurrence. That is not to say that it doesn’t happen.

Just about any barn find is able to be transported in a trailer, and many are towable, while a few can actually be driven home. However, sometimes what is towable or “trailerable” (and maybe should be) is transformed into drivable. Here’s how to do it. More »

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Tunable Tension: An ol’ fashioned fitment fix


Gappin’ doesn’t just happen. When a body on a rotisserie must become reacquainted with the frame rails to which it belongs, or when new mounting pads and a box full of shims aren’t enough to square things up, you’ll likely twist panels and cut parts to get a good gap. Here’s how you can fix it. More »

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Rescuing the Avanti #1001

Avanti #1001 Rescue Project. Photo Credit: Renee Crist

LeMay-America’s Car Museum continues to make progress on the Avanti #1001 Rescue Project. More »

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Sting Ray in the grass: Neglected ‘Vette to see new life

This 1967 Corvette looks lost and forgotten, but it will soon be getting a  complete restoration after sitting for many years in a farm yard at an undisclosed location.

Tall grass attempts to drown Lee and Amanda Sloppy’s Corvette, but the unique profile of the Sting Ray sports car floats above the grass tips. The Sloppys have not forgotten their numbers-matching 327-cid, 300-hp 1967 Corvette roadster as it slips into a sea of green. More »

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