Classic cars

jdoggg12

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I was discussing this with a friend of mine. If you were to own and/or restore a classic car (ie 60's mustang, old school Nova, etc) would you want to keep it in:


Original Factory Condition: the car is as it would be when it was driven off the dealer lot

Nearly original w/modern mechanical updates: some combination of modern rims, suspension, motor, transmission, exhaust, etc (factory interior)

Nearly original w/modern amenity updates: some combination of radio, AC, seats, gauges, paint or other amenity


Modernized extensively: the car has lots of modernizations like cd player, chrome rims, gauge cluster, recaro seats, EFI, modern disc brakes, etc



He said he'd go with 'original with modern mechanical' updates. I'd go fully modernized, the beauty of a classic with niceties of modern.

This is a restoration, so Factory original can still mean with a fresh coat of (original spec) paint and parts
 

SmoochyTX

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Prefer nearly original with modern amenity updates. If not that, then original factory condition.
 

Chaotic42

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Originally posted by: SmoochyTX
Prefer nearly original with modern amenity updates. If not that, then original factory condition.

Same here. I'd have to have an AC of course.
 

radioouman

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I like two different styles:
- Perfectly original. I love to learn what people were driving years ago.
- Take some old beater and turn it into a beautifully restored piece with lots of upgrades.

I would never modernize a perfectly preserved old car.
 

GagHalfrunt

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I have a '66 Mustang. It's all original except for an aftermarket stereo as AM radio simply won't cut it. I still have the original unit though, that will be replaced if I ever sell the car as it'll be worth more with the awful original rather than an upscale CD player.
 

Ronstang

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There is no way to answer your poll. I have cars that fit into most of those categoriesc except the fully modernized ones as those are for the bling addicts and shows like Pimp MY POS. One of the nicest things about older cars is usually their interiors and that is one are that I prefer to stay as stock as possible.
 

jdoggg12

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Originally posted by: Ronstang
There is no way to answer your poll. I have cars that fit into most of those categoriesc except the fully modernized ones as those are for the bling addicts and shows like Pimp MY POS. One of the nicest things about older cars is usually their interiors and that is one are that I prefer to stay as stock as possible.

I think you miss the point of fully modernized. You add a cd player, and a couple other niceties to this, and you have a car that falls squarely into my category of fully modernized.

http://www.hotrodscustomstuff.com/502camaro.html

Heck, even w/o that stuff its modernized. But yea... this is one of my dream cars.
 

Ronstang

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That car is OK. Anything that interrupts the original body lines or makes the interior too different is not to my taste though. My fastback is highly modified but all the updates are hidden unless you open the hood.
 

Zenmervolt

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Originally posted by: GagHalfrunt
I have a '66 Mustang. It's all original except for an aftermarket stereo as AM radio simply won't cut it. I still have the original unit though, that will be replaced if I ever sell the car as it'll be worth more with the awful original rather than an upscale CD player.
That's pretty much my own view as well, though I'd consider hopping up the engine with something period-correct. (That is, no EFI in an old Mustang, but nothing wrong with shoehorning a 427 SOHC under the hood. ;) )

ZV