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Re: Restoration Ethics??

From: Joe Mac
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Date: September 10, 2003


Walter, So the general feeling is that as long as you don't represent the car as something it isn't, there is no ethical issue. Don't try to please the purists if that's not what your interest is. Most Mopar folks I've met are more concerned with bloodline than originality. Swapping engines, trannys, rears, or adding options, trim or accessories is fine as long as you keep it in the family. This doesn't mean you can't transplant brand X into your Mopar (it's your car). But you may remember the harsh posts that rained down on the poor guy who asked about using a SBC. Let's just say that's not a generally accepted modification. On the other hand, consider the beautifully modified '57 Custom Royal Lancer that appears at Carlisle every year. The fact that the car has a 354 hemi, alum. t.f., disc brakes, non oriiginal colors and wheels and wins trophys (including Tom Hoover's personal choice) says something about what Mopar people admire. Hell, my '58 Regal Lancer will be sporting a D500 badge and the corresponding hardware when it's finished. I don't think they ever made one, but I think it will be awesome to have the top of line hardtop with the performance goodies. I won't try to pass it off as original. I don't feel the need to. I'll leave that to the big block Corvette guys with restamped blocks (yes, I know some too). Have fun.


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