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Resto-mod cars.

Post by pre65 » Wed Mar 25, 2020 2:34 pm

There seems to be a growing trend (especially in USA) to restomod classic cars.

Keeping the external appearance but utilising more modern engines, transmissions, suspensions etc.

These mods would make vehicles more comfortable and drivable, but would we be losing the "essence" of what makes each vehicle a classic.

What's the thoughts on here ?
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Post by shane » Wed Mar 25, 2020 2:47 pm

All in the eye of the beholder.

For me, it needs to be done tastefully, but who am I to judge what is tasteful?

If this is the sort of thing you mean, then yes please!

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Re: Resto-mod cars.

Post by pre65 » Wed Mar 25, 2020 2:52 pm

shane wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 2:47 pm
All in the eye of the beholder.

For me, it needs to be done tastefully, but who am I to judge what is tasteful?

If this is the sort of thing you mean, then yes please!

https://www.classicdriver.com/en/articl ... corde-road
A perfect example Shane. :)
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Post by Ali Tait » Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:01 pm

They’ve been doing that for a good few years. Makes a lot of sense if you are going to use it as a daily driver. I like an original classic as much as the next man though.

Check out some of Dave Kindig’s work, some of the best I’ve ever seen-

https://www.kindigit.com/gallery/

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Post by pre65 » Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:06 pm

Ali Tait wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:01 pm
They’ve been doing that for a good few years. Makes a lot of sense if you are going to use it as a daily driver. I like an original classic as much as the next man though.

Check out some of Dave Kindig’s work, some of the best I’ve ever seen-

https://www.kindigit.com/gallery/
Indeed, I watch the TV show about him - Bitchin Rides. :)
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Re: Resto-mod cars.

Post by pre65 » Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:10 pm

Ali Tait wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:03 pm
Love this-

https://www.kindigit.com/gallery/68-boss-mustang/
I'd prefer a 65 or 66 coupe that looked a little less radical personally.

Full custom chassis with fully independent front / rear suspension, a stroker 408 fuel injected engine and 4 speed auto. South Coast Mustangs would build it for me with right hand drive. :D :D :D
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Re: Resto-mod cars.

Post by Ali Tait » Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:11 pm

pre65 wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:06 pm
Ali Tait wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:01 pm
They’ve been doing that for a good few years. Makes a lot of sense if you are going to use it as a daily driver. I like an original classic as much as the next man though.

Check out some of Dave Kindig’s work, some of the best I’ve ever seen-

https://www.kindigit.com/gallery/
Indeed, I watch the TV show about him - Bitchin Rides. :)
Yeah one of my favourite car shows. :D

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Post by Mike H » Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:14 pm

By spooky coincidence, on the Bantam forum a topic has just been started by a newbie who's going to put a Honda 125 engine & gearbox unit into his Bantam. Not that an unusual mod apparently. Usual dire warnings about the inadequacy of Bantam brakes, but he's updating them too. Looking at twin drum conversion IIRC.
 
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Re: Resto-mod cars.

Post by pre65 » Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:21 pm

Mike H wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:14 pm
By spooky coincidence, on the Bantam forum a topic has just been started by a newbie who's going to put a Honda 125 engine & gearbox unit into his Bantam. Not that an unusual mod apparently. Usual dire warnings about the inadequacy of Bantam brakes, but he's updating them too. Looking at twin drum conversion IIRC.
I remember a BSA A10 with a nicely inserted Honda 750-4 and disc front brakes some time ago. Looked like a factory machine. :)
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Post by Neal » Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:07 pm

I like classic cars to be original as possible unless it’s absolutely necessary to improve on the original like improving the 12v feeds to headlamps by utilising relays. Modifications for the sake of it I don’t agree with and can in some case markedly affect the resale value. Car SOS did a Talbot Subeam Lotus and put modern brakes on the car and added another 30BHP....if they left the engine at the standard output they wouldn’t have needed the upgraded brake!
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Re: Resto-mod cars.

Post by rowuk » Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:11 pm

This is a tough call. There is a certain beauty in vintage, but whether one wants to „worship“ it is a different story. Would a vintage hot rod from the 50s be something worth restoring?

For me, if I can see that the modder understood the „essence“ of the original, I have no trouble with modern suspension, running gear or even mega stereo. As most unrestored vintage cars are rust buckets, the owner has earned the right to do whatever they wish.
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Post by IslandPink » Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:22 pm

I think it's a shame these classic cars are being gutted of their amazing engines and turned into something sterile.
Let's not forget ... please review this information...
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Post by IslandPink » Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:24 pm

Ok cheers, that didn't work, that spoils that.
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Re: Resto-mod cars.

Post by pre65 » Thu Apr 09, 2020 2:38 pm

I'm not normally into American hot-rods, but a not too excessive external appearance Ford 5 window coupe might be nice.

Something like this.

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