'55 Ford Town Sedan • Duane, Marie, and Summer Rogers • Rushmore, MN
Duane Rogers' grandparents purchased this '55 Ford Town Sedan in 1959, and it was their only car until they died in the early '70s. Duane's uncle stored the car in his garage for almost 30 years with intentions of restoring the car for himself, but in 1996 he decided it was time to downsize and gave the car to Duane and Marie. It only took them a few weeks to change the drivetrain, convert the brakes from drum to disc, upgrade the charging system from 6 to 12 volts, overhaul the stock rearend, and just generally get the '55 into driveable condition. They fired the motor on the last day of 1999, then drove 300 miles back to Duane's uncle's home to give him a ride.
'72 Duster • Benjamin Kadron Sharps Chapel, TN
Our last Reader Projects special issue showcased Benjamin Kadron's other Duster project; this is his newest. When his other Duster project began to snowball into something much more complex, he had to find another driver. This Duster is a 74K-mile Craigslist find from a little old lady. Of course, as a gearhead and mechanical engineering student with access to a shop, Benjamin can't leave anything alone, so he's looking for upgrades. This one will definitely keep to a K.I.S.S. mentality with simple bolt-on parts though, mainly because his maximum downtime is 48 hours before he has to hit the highway for the daily commute.