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  1. So, here's the motivating "legend": I’ve imagined that it’s 1947-50. The war is over and we won. The scrapyards are filling up with 1930′s cars that were stretched to last through the rationing days, as returning veterans and families buy up any new car that Detroit has to offer. Being too young to have been in service (but having worked for peanuts at Uncle Bob’s Esso station while the older guys were away), I’m a bit short of cash, so that new-car option is out of reach. However, the old, rusted-out ’32 Buick that Aunt Millie drove is now mine for the taking, and I bet I can jazz it up a bit, maybe make it a little like that snazzy MG-T cousin Will brought back from England. Maybe I can find some fenders and bits to replace that boxy sedan body it has now… Yeah, that’s it: I know how to weld a bit, and I can do a little hammer-forming where needed. Let’s take off the body, and have at it. We’ll be the hit of the drive-in; Sue will look the peaches in the passenger seat; and maybe I can earn a few sawbucks in the Saturday open races at the fairgrounds. Here's the first, sketch, then a how-to, with pieces parts from the "junk yard": The first step was to 'build' a body out of foam and duct tape to be sure it would fit and look right: Not too bad (shown here overlaid with the first sketch). The twin head fairings are siamesed front fenders from a 38 caddy! The pontoon fenders are L & R rears from a 37/38 chevy sedan (well actually 4 such sedans) - though I tried at first to use MG-A fenders (too small, too new). The chassis is all restored (I kept the mechanical brakes and other running gear), but the engine now has four SU HS-2 carburettors on a custom stainless intake & exhaust manifold. Here's Uncle Sam testing out the finished chassis: . Here's what it should look like when it's all done: Here's what it looks like so far (most all the body work is nearing completion on another '32 frame: steel over wood construction, '33 grille shell, cut down '35 hood & cowl, cowl extended, '35 doors cut down & reversed): Like all projects: much longer and much more costly than planned, but it's getting closer.... I think the fenders may just have to wait - I want to get this rascal on the ROAD! jc