The size of the rim is precisely what I'm complaining about. Modern cars have larger rims and lower profile tires...vintage cars don't. I don't care if a rim is retro styled to look like a '60s rim, if a rim is this big on a car of this vintage, it's a modern rim. A 2014 Challenger is retro styled to look like a 1970 Challenger, yet it's still a modern car, not a vintage one.
Agreed. Improving performance or functionality makes sense. The problem with modifying exteriors is that there's a very fine line between tasteful and tasteless, and because taste is subjective, everyone draws that line in a different place. Vintage Cragars, for example, I absolutely don't have a problem with on a car like this.
I'm a firm believer in the RestoMod, after gunning a 5.0 Mustang with 412HP it's hard to go back to driving cars that have V8s yet only 200HP like the ones from the 60's. I would rather swap the motors, trannies, wheels, suspension, and add frame connections and members to reinforce the car for all the added power. That way you can get modern POWER with old school LOOK. I would even like to install air bags for safety reasons, God forbid you crash, but if you do crash it's better to live to fight another day.
While I still prefer stock, restomods are something I usually support (it depends on the condition/age/rarity of the car being customized, and what exactly is being done). Old cars tend to have a lot of issues, mainly because technology marches on and most cars are designed to only last long enough to make it past the warranty period. I have a 1982 Mustang with the 200 cubic inch inline six. It packs an amazing 85 horsepower... that is when it starts. I love it, but I'd love it more if it had some semblance of power and reliability. If a Coyote 5.0 were to find its way under the hood of this car, with all the necessary upgrades to the suspension, transmission, etc. I wouldn't complain in the least.
Where I draw the line is appearance, and wheels tend to play a large part in that. They're among the easiest things to change, and many owners do that and stop there. But the low-profile "bling" wheels currently in style just kill the look of the car.
Yeah definitely keep say a Mach 1 428CJ or a Boss 429/Boss 302 in original condition with it's engine and all, but if it's just a regular Mustang Grande or a Mustang GT then go ahead and swap the motors and power those things up. Likewise, if it's a Foxbody I-6, or 5.0 go ahead and swap the motors but if it's a Cobra keep it original. I would just say anything below the 45 thousand dollar (in mint condition/fully restored) mark should have it's engine swapped and be turned into a beast. If it's worth more than 45 or 50 thousand dollars when in mint condition just restore it and leave it original.
This is where we'll have to agree to disagree a bit. I still think cars worth less money, if in excellent, low-mileage condition, deserve to be preserved too. My '82 is far from pristine, and would be the perfect restomod candidate - minimal rust, pathetic engine, almost every body panel is dented in some way (first owner was a little old lady... who by the looks of the car should've lost her license several years earlier) but there's nothing wrong with it that a complete engine/transmission swap wouldn't fix. Getting the bodywork perfect would be the icing on the cake.
Can you imagine a Coyote 5.0 '82 Mustang riding on wire spoke wheels and sporting a red vinyl roof? Heh, if only I had the budget for it. Sigh.