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Username Post: Opinions? When to preserve, when to restore?        (Topic#359080)
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12-09-19 06:44 AM - Post#2781774    

Looking for some opinions on this topic. When do you think a car should be preserved as-is, and what is the threshold for when it should be restored.


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12-09-19 10:25 AM - Post#2781786    
    In response to Schiavoneluke

Personal preference mostly.
Takes a lot of money to retore one correctly, worse shape it is in the more money. And keep in mind most times you will NOT recover your money if you are doing this to sell it.

If it is in reasonably good shape and you want to drive it then just repair and drive.

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12-09-19 09:40 PM - Post#2781849    
    In response to Schiavoneluke

The old saying goes they are only original once. Me personally If any part of the matching drivetrain is missing/not original or a service replacement then it will never command the top dollar premium that someone will pay for "matching numbers" but even that does not hold as much weight as one with documentation to back up the numbers as it is getting to the point where there are more forgeries then fakes.

If the interior is mostly there and maybe has a couple of small tears or some stitching coming apart but overall it is still complete and not totally falling apart and the same for the paint. A few touch ups or an overall weathered/aged look is fine but if there has ever been a total respray then to me it is no longer original.

1958 Impala 2dr Hardtop Under Construction
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12-09-19 11:06 PM - Post#2781851    
    In response to Schiavoneluke

should be. should be. I have a modified 62 Vette and I often get from someone how it should be. It seems to me this hobby functions best when a person figures out what THEY want and follows that path. Once you get past function and safety there are very few must dos in old cars.

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12-22-19 07:20 PM - Post#2782701    
    In response to Schiavoneluke

Great comments so far. If sounds as if your question is basically choosing between survivor and restoration.

If you have the original drive train, interior and paint, the car is a good candidate for survivor status. Don't mess it up, there are very, very few of these left.

If not, and it’s a high dollar car, such as a factory 409, with documentation, and nearly all of the original parts, it might be a good candidate for restoration. There are a lot of frauds though, be very careful

Otherwise, like most of us, it's just a money pit and you should do what makes you happy.

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