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58 n Performance & Hotrod Business n March 2015 HOTROD The Gula, Shaffer, and Tupper cars mentioned above are all turnkey builds by American Speed. Some of the other companies we con- tacted build only bodies, but most are eager to assist with finding a suitable chassis. "We work with anyone who wants to work with us," says Caliendo. "When we're on the phone with a new customer, we try to find out what kind of car they are build- ing, and what part of the country they are from, and then we try to match them with a chassis builder who logistically and finan- cially meets their requirements." Odegard notes that a United Pacific body will fit any stock or stock-specifica- tion 1932 Ford frame. "Ford only made one chassis, whether the body was a sedan, a roadster, a coupe, or whatever. So if the customer has an original chassis, our body will fit it." As for aftermarket chassis, "if the tops of the rails are shaped like a factory '32 chassis, then our body will fit it also." Similarly, Real Deal Steel's "full-frame bodies will fit an original or aftermarket chassis, just like an original body would," says Whitaker. "When we mini-tub our '55-'57 Chevy bodies for wider tires, sometimes the inner wheelhouse flanges need additional trimming before the body will rest comfortably on a frame. Just like an original, the new body will need to be mounted and shimmed on the chassis for proper panel alignment." He adds that the company's unit-body cars—Camaros—will accept any original or aftermarket subframe or connector with no issues. Real Deal Steel has even deleted the factory-style rear frame rails for cus- tomers who plan to install a full-length aftermarket frame. A Dynacorn body, says Christina, will fit "any chassis the customer would con- sider for any other muscle car." C l a s s i c Re c re a t i o n s o f Yu k o n , Oklahoma, builds turnkey classic Mustangs using both factory-original and Dynacorn bodies. Company owner Jason Engel praises the structural rigidity of Dynacorn's Mustangs. " T h e y a d d t w o t o rq u e b oxe s . Convertible floors are reinforced. And nobody has ever sat in the seat," he adds with a smile. Classic Recreations' cataloged prod- ucts include a number of Shelby continu- ations, starting with the 350CR Shelby, based on the '65-'66 GT-350R, and the 1967-'68 GT-500-look 545 Shelby GT500CR. Both are powered by a 545-hp 427 stroker. A Coyote-powered variation on the GT500CR debuted at the 2013 SEMA Show. "If you like the graceful drivability of a modern GT-500, but prefer the clas- sic Mustang styling, then this is the car for you," says Engel. "We are the only licensee allowed to build a Shelby GT-500. Demand has increased as the Pro-Touring market has grown, and the interest in con- cours cars has lessened." Another variation, the 900S Shelby GT500CR, upgrades to a 770-hp super- charged Coyote motor and multi-link race suspension. The company's newest addition is the Villain Mustang, built by a new division called CR Supercars. Based on a '67-'68 fastback body shell and packing all new driveline and run- ning gear, the Villain looks more con- spicuously customized than other Classic Recreations products. "We added this car for multiple rea- sons," says Engel, "one being to offer our clients a broader range of vehicles." The company is working on a '69 Camaro and classic Ford Bronco, he notes. Growth & Diversity For all their advantages, the cost of tooling for a new steel body has limited selection to only the most popular models. Fabrication of a classic Mustang body. (Photo courtesy Dynacorn Classic Bodies) Real Deal Steel 1940 Ford coupe display car. (Photo courtesy Real Deal Steel)

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