Richard Arnett grew up in Memphis and saw his grandfather weld a drum into a barbecue smoker. That sort of resourcefulness is what inspired Arnett to repurpose a 1952 Ford Customline into a smoker of his own. His wife, Kristin, was dubious when Richard first mentioned the idea. But after tasting the ribs that came out the Ford, she says she's on board if Richard wants to tackle another car project.

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