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Classic car restoration?
« on: 01 December 2019, 13:42:41 »

Some 'enthusiasts' seem to replace almost the whole car.

When does a classic car cease to be the original?.......and therefore worthless.

When does a classic car become Trigger's broom?

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Re: Classic car restoration?
« Reply #1 on: 01 December 2019, 14:10:09 »

Some 'enthusiasts' seem to replace almost the whole car.

When does a classic car cease to be the original?.......and therefore worthless.

When does a classic car become Trigger's broom?

That seems to happen a lot in many restoration projects of various types.

During my days assisting in the restoration of standard gauge steam railway engines I noted how many parts came from other engines of the class (a process typical in all engine repair and maintenance sheds of the great days of steam) as well as new parts being fabricated by some very clever engineers and supplies of today. 

When you looked at many ex-Barry scrapyard engines that had been fully restored, you were actually looking at, say, an engine which was a collection of parts from 1928, 1930, 1935, 1948, 1960, 1978, 1990, onwards!! :D :D

So it is, I believe, with many motor vehicle restorations.  A collection of parts, but still all with it's "history" contained within it's whole, which for me is perfectly valid 8) 8)
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Re: Classic car restoration?
« Reply #2 on: 01 December 2019, 15:14:25 »

Still got the original engine block, gearbox and chassis?

A better question might be

Do you want an original body that needs constant welding jobs or a reshelled vehicle that looks the part?
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Re: Classic car restoration?
« Reply #3 on: 04 December 2019, 09:34:51 »

My mate bought an MGB GT V8 sight unseen from New Zealand for 22,000 to date he has spent around 7,000 sourcing original parts to replace non  original parts on it, has original gearbox & engine only body panel that was non original was the tailgate, looks & sounds terrific but after riding in it made me realise how much vehicles have improved since 1975, even though this vehicle has done only 54,000 miles.
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Re: Classic car restoration?
« Reply #4 on: 05 December 2019, 12:25:11 »

In my view if a car has a replacement  body, engine and gearbox, it's not the same car.

Triggers broom. :)
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