I think a lot of you guys are missing the boat on the newer Hemi's. Lot's of people are wanting the style of the older cars, but have come to expect a lot more out of a car than when our cars were produced. Hell a new Camry can spank most of the old muscle cars, unless a bunch of stuff has been done to it. People are willing to spend lots of money on a muscle car that can keep up with and/or exceed a modern car if they can have the style to go with it. OP gets it. Guarantee an updated car with a modern drive train is going to fetch more than all but a few old style muscle cars. Very hard to get anywhere near the drivability, mileage, and power for anywhere near the cost with the older drivetrains. And while you guys may not like the looks as much, some people do(I do), and are willing to pay more to get it. Don't believe me? Look on Lateral-G at the prices on some of the cars for sale(AND THEY DO SELL). Look at the cars RK Motorsports has for sale. Think they don't sell any of them? People are willing to spend to have the style AND the modern performance to go with it and big blocks definitely scream old school.
...I "get it" just fine.
I am the millennial with expendable income that wants a classic car that will outwit and out perform a car of today's standards. I am doing it in a DIY and budget-consensus manner to where I will not be in over my head and am not where near the ~$20k number being discussed [but am lower HP]. I expect the car to be worth what I have into it, if I ever -had- to sell. However I likely won't get a dime of my labor back in value, unfortunately.
I'm in it for the performance and reliability over the added value though, not losing my tail during the process is a bonus.
The "~$20k", if that is how he chooses to go, is going to be tough to offset over a 440-6. If the thought is that the $20k investment will bring $30k in additional value, I don't think it will. A magnum trans would help over the TKO, however. It -might- do that on a car that is not currently sought-after, like a Slant6 or a 318, but not a big block 6pack car. In my opinion.
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