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May 2011 Issue
 
ARTICLE
Build It Yourself
By Robert McLellan
 

Don't like what you see in the car showroom or on the roads? When cars were first introduced over one hundred years ago, it was common for a mechanically inclined person to build their own car from scratch or from available parts. Compared to today, it was simply motorizing a horse drawn buggy or wagon.

In the 1920s and 1930s you could easily buy everything necessary to build a car from mail order catalogs and supplies available. Or you could modify an old car to your requirement. Hardware stores actually created their own make of car by assembling parts and putting their own branding on them. The Model T Ford was the most modified car of the time — speedsters, race cars, specialty trucks, off-road modifications for the snow, swamp and beach and military vehicles like half-tracks and even tanks. After World War II it was hot rods, customs, streamliners, jalopies, sprint cars, dune buggies, dragsters, sport cars, etc. It was possible to build any vehicle in your garage.

Is there a car you cannot identity or something your father built many years ago? Maybe it is one of these below...

 
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American Sportsman - 1969

Complete Guide To Specialty Cars - 1991

Almquist - 1966
     

Almquist - 1968

Fiber Jet Industries, Inc. - 1977

Bird Corporation - 1994/95
     

Almquist - 1962

Almquist - 1964-66

Antique & Classic Cars - 1974/75
     

Antique & Classic Cars - 1976

Auto Craft - 1968

Bantam - 1977
     

Bearcat - 1976

Bradley - 1974

Bremen Sport Equipment - 1980
     

Bugatti - 1973/74

Caballista - 1979

Cobra - 1979
     

Condor - 1978

Cord - 1963

Custom Coachbuilders - 1978
     

Daytona Automotive - 1977

Diamante - 1979

Dietz - 1976
     

Duesenberg - 1971

Duesenberg - 1980

EMX - 1968
     

Fiberfab - 1970-72

Fiberfab - 1973

Fiberfab - 1977
     

Fiberfab - 1978

GKN - 1973

Gazelle - 1976
     

Horseless Carriage Corp. - 1970

Invader - 1976

Jaguar - 1980
     

Kadison-Kelson - 1977

Kelmark - 1977

Lafer - 1978
     

Lindberg M-32 - 1978

Lotus - 1975

Manx - 1974
     

Manx - 1975

Minelli - 2000

Model T & Model A Corp. - 1979
     

Porsche - 1978

Sbarro - 1983

Sceptre - 1978
     

Roadster Reproductions - 1971

Solar 1 - 1975

Stutz - 1971
     

Stutz - 1976

Super Seven - 1983

Timmis Motor Company - 1979
     

Total Performance - 1978

Vintage Reproductions, Inc. - 1976

Willow - 1979
     
 
 
 
The Automotive Chronicles, May 2011
 
 
 
 
 
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