Wheels of time

The duo, however, maintains that passion is a key driver to making these cars work. Showcasing a 1932 Dodge Brothers truck, that could even run on rail tracks without its wheels, Pawar says, "This car came to us minus a body and a complete engine. We sourced the transmission and got the engine working. Then we got pictures and replica models of this car and built the entire wooden body by hand here." Most cars take anywhere about Rs 5-10 lakh to restore, depending on factors like the condition, machinery and even parts. "But it's not impossible to restore them, unless they are completed broken down. Even then, the external body or usable parts can be fixed in other cars."

Dongare takes obvious pride in his work. Looking at a 1934 Buick, which looks like it has come straight out of a dumpyard, he says, "It will cost around Rs 3-4 lakh to restore but we will keep all the original parts of the car intact. It should take about six months, but it will look like a streamlined butterfly then, just you see."

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