Didn't mean for this thread to be so polarizing.....buts its nice to get some support. Trust me, I appreciate the rarity and originality of 66-71 mopars. I am a big fan of the collector car market, and one day hope to add some numbers matching OE restored originals into my collection. But most of those are more museum pieces than something you can drive and enjoy. And I am not at the "investor" stage yet. For now I want a car that I build my way and enjoy. And I started with a fully disassembled, painted, and re-built NON NUMBERS MATCHING car, because I don't have the time or expertise to buy a project for 15-25 grand and spend years with in pieces all over my garage. (I know how these things go when your not a professional, money and time pit)
Where now all I have to do is bolt on a few things like gull wing, louver, chin spoilers, and essentially have a car like a would have ordered it in 1971.
I do plan to put the Alterkation and further along, a Tim Banning or Muscles Motors Fuel Injected 572 Hemi. At that point it will be my dream car. I should be somewhere near $100,000 being the car was $59,000. Even if I bought a restomod fully done, it would cost near or above that amount, and it would not be how I WOULD WANT IT. I would be buying somebody elses dream car.
With that said, If mine was a true numbers matching billboard shaker car, I not only would not have modified it. I WOULD NOT HAVE BOUGHT IT, so as to not do what Alan is referring to. I purposely looked for a car with a replacement engine, to keep the cost down, but also not have the guilt of modifying a true piece of history.
For whats its worth....