Resto-nuts, this is how they should get what they've got coming to them.

Replicating the factory overspray and reproducing the original paintstick markings?  Are you serious?  This is the kind of anal shit that makes me not even want to go to “prestigious” car shows, and it’s the kind of shit that no one, in their right minds should ever give a fuck about, but you know what?  Classic car magazines have article after article about this nonsense.  I suppose if you really wanted to duplicate the factory build, you should be drunk or stoned when you restore your car, like the UAW guys in the ‘70’s.  That oughta make your car look original.

It’s the purists’ job you know.  Not just with cars, but with sports, or anything else - to take something that’s naturally fun and enjoyable and turn it into some regimented, regulated, overly scrutinized operation, meticulously micromanaged, to the smallest detail, and in the process, drain every last drop of pleasure out of it.

You know what I would like to see in classic car magazines?  Articles about how to counterfeit VIN tags, build sheets, and option code stickers, and how to change casting numbers and factory stampings.  Now that would be a lot more useful information than, how to build something just as shitty as the factory did.  What better way would there be to add some value to what was once a base model car?  Plus we’d have the chance to have what never even existed, but should have.

“Wow, is that an original, factory built, ‘73 Hemi-’Cuda?”
“It sure is!”

“I never saw a Corvette with a 409.”
“Experimental prototype.  One of a kind.”

“I didn’t even know they made ‘57 Chevys with four speeds.”
“They did, now!”

“A ‘70 Camaro with a 454?”
“You’re looking at what’s called a COPO, my friend.”

Many of us have that particular car/power-train/option combo that we always wished that the factory would have built.  This way, they did.


  1. I look at it like this. First, its your car do with it as you please. I LIKE preservedold original cars. That means the paint it left the factory with, not repainted that color. The interior it left the factory with, etc etc. Cars that have made it all this time, cared for and preserved should be left that way.
    Once it has a fresh coat of paint, then it is just another "whore" car. Restored, resto modded, whatever. Up to the owners discretion. If you want to make a replica of what it once was, go for it. If you want a big block 62 vette, go for that too. Cars are like a canvas. It is up to the artist to paint the picture. In my opinion, no 60s car is complete without a set of Torque thrusts or Cragars....But that is how I like them. Your milage may vary.
    Jesse in DC

    1. You're talking about what they refer to as, "survivors". I agree that they should be left in their original state. What bugs me are people that try to replicate factory faults or deficiencies. That's crazy. In general, I like upgrades or modifications, as long as they are reversible. Different people have different tastes, and your car has a much larger pool of potential buyers if it's not permanently altered. Go ahead and but on a set of mags, side pipes, even do an engine/trans swap, or install front disc brakes. Just save the original stuff, because you never know when you might end up wishing you still had it. What I don't like are permanent alterations, like wheel tubbing.

    2. One other thing, I do kind of like it when someone hacks up a classic Corvette or T-Bird, though. I love to see purists get pissed off, and there is absolutely no shortage of restored, original condition examples of these cars, whatsoever.