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We are now in the era of restored original cars with no modifications, as the era of the hot rod has not caught on with most car enthusiasts under the age of 40. But, have you driven any of those restored old cars? It is like driving a horse and buggy compared to today's new cars, and is not a pleasant experience with most of them. So, they are placed in storage and never driven, as that would harm their collection value.
But, with a nicely modified "32 Ford roadster or the like(mine is a '47 Chevy Coupe w/62 Corvette FI), with all modern drive train, steering/brakes, suspension, instrumentation, seating, sound and other modern details..............you can have the fun of a souped up hot rod plus the driving pleasure of a modern car. What could be better than that? You can keep your restored orginals and look at them once in a while. Not me, I prefer to drive my investment for actual fun.
You guys are right about the resto mods!
I had a 68 SS 396 Chevelle that I got back in 74 and kept it all original until selling it in 07. The car was great for around town and on the freeway but it pushed something terrible. It split a rocker arm at around 70k so had to rebuild the engine. Louie Unser happened to be in the shop while my mechanic was assessing the damage. Louie scribbled up a list of parts for me to pick up from the speed shop. I thanked him for the parts list and got the needed parts. That car would launch like nothing I had ever seen before. It just wouldn't stop or corner worth a ____! The kids loved to go for ride knowing that I'd hit the hammer and they would be thrust into the back of their seat. It was fun to tool around in it as people would be ogling the car and the lope of the cam would be a deterrent to any one. I would have loved to upgraded the suspension and hang disc brakes on all four corners. That would have made it much more civilized. A hopped up V8, auto trans, a/c and the right underpinnings would have made it an awesome car.
With all of the after market upgrades available now you can make a fairly nice handling muscle car.