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The good old days are far from over. Ford has created a way to keep many of its classic vehicles alive with its licensed restoration parts program, which should be great news to the millions of enthusiasts who own and maintain them. There are now over 9,000 parts for Fords made from 1909 to the early 2000s.

Need a hand-made brass radiator for a Model T? How about one of those "ah-ooga" horns? Done deal. And they can be ordered online.

"You can build a 1967 Mustang using licensed Ford restoration parts right from your computer, without ever visiting a wrecking yard," said Dennis Mondrach, restoration licensing manager for Ford Component Sales (FCS). "Complete steel body shells are available, Ford Racing can supply crate motors, and specialty manufacturers make all the hardware, drivetrain, interior parts and even instruments with classic or customized faces. You can build one as a classic or upgrade the components."

Ford states that 98 percent of Mustang parts are available, so that might still mean a little digging. Even so, this program has the approval of both the Mustang Club of America and the Thunderbird Club of America. By this fall, 1960 Bronco bodies will join the inventory.

How the system works is that Ford has a network of around 75 independent licensed constructors/suppliers. When cars and parts are no longer in official production, tooling and blueprints are sold off to these companies. They start making the parts, which then go on sale via this program. Before that happens, however, the parts must be inspected by Ford and compared against the originals for quality and fit.

"The end result is that owners of vintage Ford vehicles get a source of factory-correct parts," said Mondrach. "We try to provide common parts that might be damaged or lost in an accident. Many of those plastic and metal parts look exactly like the originals and are made on original tooling, but benefit from improved plastics and metallurgy, resulting in a higher-quality component than what was originally supplied on the vehicle."

Visit the Ford parts website at www.fordrestorationparts.com.

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