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Restored, or not restored???

From: Billy-Jack Ebare
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Date: October 11, 2003


I somewhat agree with the earlier posting that questioned the word "restoration" as it is used to describe antique cars these days. It is probably used way too often, and in the wrong context... I for one have never referred to my car as "restored to original".. I have always stated that my car is simply restored. Now, to me the word "restoration" can be interpreted in many different ways, depending on the individual. I have always considered the word "restored" to mean that the car/truck/whatever is as new, but color/interior originality/motor originality is not in question. Again, as long as it is "as new. By that description I mean the overall quality of the job. Not if every nut, bolt, screw, and stitch is in the right place. I think we've all seen cars that were freshly restored, but done poorly. On the other hand, we've all seen cars that were done to the highest of standards, where quality was clearly evident, and of high priority. However, if the word "original" is included anywhere is that description than I would expect "100% ORIGINAL", and every screw, decal, and factory flaw etc, etc, better be in the right place ... I would argue that there are very very few cars that are actually restored 100% to original specs.. Most people do improvable upgrades to their rides of some kind to add to the safety/drivability/reliabilty. I wouldn't take away from an individual that improved their cars brakes if they drove it often, or added safety belts so they felt safer bringing their kids for a ride, and/or did it for the fore mentioned reasons; or upgraded their ignition if the car was required to be reliable.. Furthermore, most cars that are truly driven to and from shows, etc, etc, are not going to meet that 100% original requirement that you have set forth. In fact, in most of the shows that I have been involved in, for a car to meet the original requirement, it can have only 3 minor modifications done to it. In my travels to various car shows I have actually been pitted against early 50's cars with lake pipes, and flame throwers.. Welcome to the real world!


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