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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 02-07-05, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
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Can you over-restore a car?

There's been some good discussions here lately so I thought I'd throw this question out there.

Can you restore a car to better than it left the factory & still have a "restored" car? or once you go past the factory build quality do you have a "modified" car?

I'm thinking about cars like the GTs that are so perfect they get trailered to shows rather than driven, but really the question can apply to any car.

There's no right or wrong answers, I'm just curious to find out what people think.


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Re: Can you over-restore a car?

i believe restore it to how you want it. i don't care how good your car is, it should be pulling the trailer, not sitting on it. i guess if you want to look at it, get a photo cause cars, no matter what they are, were built for driving.
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Car shows are the most BORING part of being in a car club. I can't see the point of building a "show car" that doesn't get driven. Maybe to promote your business or something. I still go to be part of the club display. But by about 9 am its just plain BOREDOM. And then there's PINKY. Most guys are itching to leave for about the last 3 or four hours of the day. I suppose it would be more interesting if you were actually winning trohpies! :-)

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Re: Can you over-restore a car?

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There's been some good discussions here lately so I thought I'd throw this question out there.

Can you restore a car to better than it left the factory & still have a "restored" car? or once you go past the factory build quality do you have a "modified" car?

I'm thinking about cars like the GTs that are so perfect they get trailered to shows rather than driven, but really the question can apply to any car.

There's no right or wrong answers, I'm just curious to find out what people think.
Persoanally i hate the "toffee apple" look that some restored GT's get, Full Gloss black everywhere and perfect panel gaps and no peel in the paint, just makes the car look artificial.
Matt black and a slight peel in the paint and a bit of overspray under the car, and slightly flattened paint under the bonnet and in the boot gives it a more authentic and genuine look in my opinion!
Cars entered in the concourse section of the Nats shuold be measured against how the car looked from new, not how perfect it is now!

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Old cars are a hobby; do what you want and enjoy the journey.
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Re: Can you over-restore a car?

Cars, in the end, are a means of a-b transport.

We're all here because we like individual signitures on our transport(s) but, in the end, they've got to be usable products, just as they were intended from their maker.

Personally, I can't stand trailer-transported show cars. JMHO of course :)

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There is a guy in Sydney who DRIVES his Phase IV to All Ford Day. Or at least he did a few years back as we have a pic of it leaving, turning onto the Hume Highway.

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There is a guy in Sydney who DRIVES his Phase IV to All Ford Day. Or at least he did a few years back as we have a pic of it leaving, turning onto the Hume Highway.
The Calypso green Phase 4? or the red XAGT phase 4 prototype?

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The red one.

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Re: Can you over-restore a car?

This is a good question, 4VMan, I have often wondered what others think.

It leads me to ask about some suspension and steering upgrades I have read about, which look pretty good.

The website for the actual products I am talking about is here: RRS Revolution Racing Supplies

Besides the performance gains in handling that are obvious, what I like about it is that you dont need to modify anything to use them (except on some models, which require a few drill holes).

They offer a shocktower mod plate for more room in the engine bay, but there's no way I would do that. I am, however, thinking about the suspension and steering gear, with the proviso that I can keep the original bits for refitting.

If you came across obvious quality upgrade components like this, who would consider it? And if no, what would prevent you from considering them?

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