Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Beautiful old Dodge. Leave it like it is, or restore?


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  1. That would depend on whether you're made out o money or not.

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    1. No joke. Although that one is all there and in decent shape, it'd still take multiple thousands to make it shiny. Better like it is.

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    2. I prefer a "while running" restoration. In other words, fix things to original/good condition as time/funds/repairs allow. While "cute" in near dilapidated condition, it's nicer to see one that's well cared for and in use. Doing a frame up restoration pulls a working vehicle out of service for far too long. Too often I see people with great intentions start ambitious frame-up projects and never finish.

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  2. Maybe replace the glass if it is glazed. Update the brakes with disk front and rear - the drum brakes were one of the weak links. Anything that is "updated" needs to be hidden. After the brakes yank the engine and go through it and build it up to be a torque monster keeping the looks on the outside. Keep the patina.

    BTW: I like sleepers

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    1. You are a smart man. Surprise them.

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    2. Anyone who alters a stock truck needs to be burned alive on a bed of molten hot rod parts. Restore it to "as new factory" or leave it alone and sell it to someone that will love it. Not some brain dead hotrod goober.-Ray

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  3. Have a clear coat job done to preserve that patina, and call it good!

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  4. Don't mess with it. She is a beauty

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  5. Leave it. Fix the glass, rebuild the powertrain, new skins.

    Maybe the interior. Anything else is sacriledge

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  6. All else being equal, restore it.

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