Just thought I'd start a poll to gauge opinions about modifying the old GT's, mainly XR-XB but these days it also applies to the EB & EL GT's as well.
I put some basic options above, but even within those there is room for clarification.
Eg if you say strictly stock standard does that mean you have to find an original Motorcraft battery and get that reconditioned, or if you use a ďnormalĒ battery is that still ok. You could even get a non-working Motorcraft battery to use for displays. It can all get a bit obsessive really! On a more pragmatic level basic consumables such as tyres, batteries & fan belts are excluded. Some parts may be unobtainable or ridiculously expensive, and a substitute used until the right bit is found.
I know a lot of people donít have a problem with changing cams, etc on the basis that they are hidden mods that donít affect the appearance of the car. Then there is a step further that says so long as it is bolt on the modification is allowable Ė here you can see everything from superchargers (with a second bonnet, keeping the original intact) to 18Ē rims.
Ok, a bit of clarification as to what I was meaning. By bolt on modifications I was meaning completely reversible changes, so that the car could be returned to stock as you have been saying. By go for your life I was more referring to things like a Phase 3 that is for sale at the moment which has apparently been a drag car in a past life and has cut chassis legs, guards, etc to put tubs in.
Youíre right, if you always keep the old Aquajets, etc on the car people will struggle to find them in the future, let alone the lack of grip. I would expect most only get put on for shows. Then again thatís all some cars do too.
Good point JG33, if you are going to do radical mods to your car does it really matter whether you start with a GT. On a similar vein, there was a letter in AMC against using original, NOS parts on historic race cars (even a complete original low-mileage Torana GTR) where chances are they will end up destroyed.
I believe a GT should go as fast as it looks, so i am building the standard 351 to be as powerfull as i can make it, while still using the 4v heads, and not inceasing the bore (stroking), the block is the only standard part of the bottom end ,im trying to get to 300rwkw, hope to know soon.
As far as external mods go, i have 10 inch 12 slotts, as i reckon the standard cheese cutters look shite, especially on a coupe, i have also lowered it, the car now looks like what i see a Gt as, and i have the standard parts in the shed, just in case i ever need to sell it, and go back to standard.
I would not under any circumstances, cut or modify the body, My engine builder keeps hassling me about cutting a hole in the bonnet, so as to increase windspeed to the manifold with carb spacers etc....
If he were to do it, @#*&, i could plead tempory insanity to the judge ehh?
I like GTs with a few modification, nothing that couldn't be revered though, and a few others that make the car more pleasant to drive. I wouldn't do anything that couldn't be undone.
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if you want to radically "street machine" a classic i prefer to see it done to an ordinary model. i voted period correct accessories, for example 15x8 minilites look superb, wern't an option but are period correct. that's my taste though. it just comes down to your car, you do what you want.
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