Can I ask you a question, do you love muscle cars? If so do you love the new ones, or the old ones, as you know I restore cars for a living, and my way of doing things is to combine the best of the old, with that best of the new, obviously I like the old body styles, I just think that they had more class and style.
The old muscle cars just fit my style better, but it really doesn't matter what you like, they're both a lot of fun, but I just love the old ones, so I take the steering, suspension, and braking systems and retro fit them to work with the old muscle cars, this gives them all the advantages of having a new car, but with the old style looks.
I know that somebody will spark up and disagree with me here, because I said that I restored cars for a living, and I know that you've all heard that the car will lose value if you modify it, and this is true, it will, but if your restoring the car to make a profit by selling it, you won't make any money at all if you restore it first, it costs a lot of money, and takes a lot of time to restore a car.
If you restoring that car because you love it, because it reminds you of the good times, and has that nostalgia of being an old car, you might as well do it the way that you picture in your mind to be the best, if that happens to be a factory stock restoration, then restore it to factory specs.
But if you've ever pictured a custom hot rod muscle car, well then you may not like the whole factory stock idea, it does mean exactly what it says, factory stock, which means that you get the old drum brakes from the 1960's and 1970's, unless your car had the option to have front disc brakes, most of them didn't have that option though.
You could get an automatic transmission in most of them, but most people opted for the four on the floor, or four speed standard transmission, now you could have four wheel disc brakes, a six speed standard transmission, much nicer riding, and handling suspension, and the new power steering has quicker turning ratios, making the car go through the corners with less effort, and you might as well have the best of both worlds.
You can have all the modern conveniences like GPS, high powered car stereo gear, digital dash boards, well you get the idea, it's your car, so build it your way, don't let anybody tell you how to do it, I have seen it to many times where people go on the word of another person, and just don't like their car when it's done.
If I have one thing I could say, it's don't build the car with the idea to resell it, and make sure that it meats all of your standards, and not some shop owner, or one of your friends, sure take advise from people, but use the advise in the way that will suite you the best, your car only needs to impress you, not your friends, not your family, or your neighbors, just you.
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I've been in the automotive business for about 20 or 25 years, I have worked in all facets of the industry, from parts to restoration, all different makes and models, I just want to keep people interested in the old cars because it's where my heart is.