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Hemmings Motor News March 2019

Every issue is packed with hundreds of pages of auction news, car profi les, buyer's guides, restoration profiles, technical advice, event coverage, and a classified section that is THE PLACE to find high quality listings of cars, parts, and services for sale.

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rust for the reading pile

mmcnessor@hemmings.com “Rust? You’re buying a book about rust?” The Chief asked, in the sort of way you might question someone’s choice of pizza with cauliflower crust and kale topping or their plans for summer vacation in Pyongyang. We’d been browsing around the Saratoga, New York, branch of the Northshire Bookstore, which is a great independent establishment whose home base is in Manchester, Vermont, just up Route 7 from Hemmings Motor News HQ. The Chief was looking for a new work of award-winning fiction in which to immerse herself. I was there just to make sure no freeloaders were loitering around the newsstand dog-earing the pages of HMN without buying it. I have no patience for people who think the few remaining newsstands in the world are lending libraries or worse yet, the…

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garage electrics

rlentinello@hemmings.com “Like ensuring your car’s safety with quality tires, when it comes to electricity never take the cheaper path.” The first mistake a lot of car owners make, especially the younger ones, is to increase their car’s horsepower without first upgrading the brakes and suspension. Nothing is more unsafe than a fast car whose brakes and suspension aren’t improved, along with the addition of higher-speed-rated tires to match the car’s increase in performance. The same logic must be applied to garages, too. Before you start decorating your space with your collection of automobilia and petroliana, first you must ensure that it’s a safe place to work. Three years ago, when I moved back to New England, I bought a house that was built in 1864. Its garage had started out as a…

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I just finished reading David Conwill’s Classic Car Profile on the 1967 AMC Rogue in the January edition and was surprised and delighted by what I didn’t know about this model. When I lived in St. Peters-burgh, Florida, I bought a 1967 AMC Diplomat — top of the line — it had a 290 V-8 and bucket seats. It was not fast, but was a fine looking two-door hardtop. It looked a lot like a Chevelle of the same year, and people used to tell me that, or ask what kind of car it was. I have never seen or read of this model car in any magazine—like it never existed. I don’t understand why. If you have any information on this forgotten car maybe you could do an article on it—even one…

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lincoln celebrates its 80th with a custom continental

Lincoln is offering a 2019 Continental with suicide doors to commemorate the brand’s 80th anniversary. Just 80 of these specially equipped Lincoln Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Editions will be built in 2019, though a limited number will be made in 2020 as well. To accommodate the center opening doors, the Continental had to be stretched 6 inches, which had the added benefit of opening up some additional legroom for backseat passengers. (The modifications aren’t being handled in house at Lincoln, but by limousine-maker Cabot Coach Builders.) All of the cars will boast Lincoln’s top-of-the-line “Black Label” package with special interior decor as well as membership privileges like detailing services, car washes, VIP treatment at participating restaurants, and more. Unique to the elongated anniversary cars will be a pass-through console with…

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vw restores a ’67 beetle for its original owner

It was December 12, 1966, when a 21-year-old Kathleen Brooks purchased her new 1967 Volkswagen Sedan. This California native would maintain and drive her VW daily for more than a half-century, covering more than 450,000 miles. This car, which Kathleen named “Annie,” would carry her through marriage and divorce, several jobs, buying a house, starting a business, and three bouts of breast cancer. Her own experience with that disease led to her current occupation, offering fellow breast cancer survivors comfort and cosmetic care throughout their treatment and recovery. She wrote to Volkswagen of America about her years with Annie, admitting that the car’s age and condition had come to preclude her from driving it long distances, but that it wears its years with pride. “Annie reminds me a lot of myself:…

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pittsburgh ford plant earns historic status

Though it has sat vacant for the last dozen or so years, a former Ford factory on Baum Boulevard in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will soon serve a new purpose on the heels of being added to the National Register of Historic Places last year. The building is being bought by the University of Pittsburgh and turned into a center for immunology and transplant research, overseen by Wexford Science & Technology. The first phase of the project is expected to cost $250 million and according to the university, the renovated building, expanded to 215,000 square feet, will open in 2020. The National Park Service added the building to the National Register of Historical Places on November 23. In 1915, Ford Motor Company had the 180,000-square-foot factory built as part of its plan to distribute…