Hobbies: The Customizers

When Ralph Lee, a Richmond Va printer, drives his 1961 Chevy Monza to work every morning, he has to be careful not to leave the windows rolled up. "You see," says Lee, "I haven't got any door handles." A job for the local Chevy dealer? No, the local electrician. Lee is installing solenoid switch buttons that will open the doors electrically with a touch of the hand.

Lee compensates for the lack of door handles by having a custom grille, milk-glass headlights, dual spotlights, hand-formed taillights, rolled and pleated in-tenor with a cocktail...

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