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Fastback68
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From: Sucat, Paranaque, Philippines
Registered: Jul 99

posted 02-23-2005 12:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Please tell me I'm right I sold some parts to a Mopar fellow yesterday, and we were talking about my 68. He was very impressed (!!!!!) that it had the original 302, but when I told him I was going to swap the original C4 for a post-1970 one (beefier) he thought I was insane!
We got to talking about this mind-set, and he said it all started with the 'vette guys. I said I thought Ford folks were not nearly bothered by such stuff. If I sell my 68 years down the road, no one is going to give a rat's arse if the crappy 3.00 rear end gear ratio has gone, the crappy Autolite 4300 has been replaced by a 4100, the torque converter has been replaced by a B&M, the car did not originally come with the 72 discs it has now, etc., etc., etc. Are they?????
We will never go insane, right fellas?

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Lightning Fast Fords
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From: Charlotte , N.C. USA
Registered: Aug 2004

posted 02-23-2005 12:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lightning Fast Fords   Click Here to Email Lightning Fast Fords     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fastback,

Restoration and Modification type Rods and enthusiasts are two entirely seperate breeds.

Sure a car restored to factory specs and has all matching numbers is going to have its collector value. Heck , an un-molested car in perfect factory order is going to have tremendous value.

Your situation has to be looked at from a few angles.

(1) Is your car a prime candidate for a numbers matching restoration? I not?...do as you please and don't sweat the details or the opinions of others.

(2) Is your goal for more power and better handling?...If so? Do as you please and don't sweat the details or the opinions of others.

Frankly...The choice for me would be based on the condition of the car as it sits now..and what its long term potential would be in either configuration you elect to take it in?

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Bloose
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Registered: Dec 2001

posted 02-23-2005 12:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bloose   Click Here to Email Bloose     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is an interesting thing to me. My '68 Fastback and also my'68 wagon to some extent were all original when I got them. The Fastback especially so. Making any mods to the Fastback was tough when I looked at how original the car was after 30 some years. But after some thought what the hell was a 289 2V, 3speed column shift, manual drum brake, bench seat, AM radio, no power anything stripper going to be worth. Plus the car was in need of restoration anyway. I decided to do what I wanted to the car with as little perminent modification as possible. I still have all the original parts if I ever needed to go that way but I doubt the car would be worth what it is now in stock condition.

I personally believe that a car that is very nicely done and not hacked will be worth plenty of money. In the case of non rare cars they will likely be worth more with quality mods than stock. Now if it were a Cobra car, a Shelby, or some other rare car then stock is the only way to go if resale value or historic signifigance is important to you.

The fact is it's your car. There are so many great products out right now for classic cars to make them thoroughly enjoyable to drive and own, why not take advantage of them. Fact is our classic cars are probably at the best they have ever been because of this. To me life is too short to worry about what everyone else thinks your car should be, make it what YOU want not some yuppy Mopar driver thinks you should want.

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Fastback68
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posted 02-25-2005 10:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
To me life is too short to worry

That was what I needed to hear Hell. we'll all be dead 'n' buried by the time the investors figure out a '65 Stang can't steer!

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 02-25-2005 03:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Exactly, life is too short.

I like building a car to be fairly like what the factory put out, but true purists will alway put down my cars. I don't care, because first of all it is MY car, and second of all, I don't want to settle for old water/acid sloshing batteries, points, bias ply tires or some of the other parts they happily live with. Give me my stainless steel bolts, epoxy based paints, synthetic lubes, electronic ignition, radial tires, etc...

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'70 Mustang Convertible 250 I6/3 speed/2.79 Open
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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 02-25-2005 03:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...and as for numbers matching, if I have a decent engine or transmission or rear end, I could care less what the serial numbers and date codes are on them.

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'70 Mustang Mach 1 351C 4V/FMX/3.25 Open
'70 Mustang Convertible 250 I6/3 speed/2.79 Open
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