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Re: 100% restorations/17

Subject: Re: 100% restorations/17
Date: Wed, 18 Dec 1996 10:03:36 -0500 (EST)
All this discussion about restoration overkill and cars becoming museum
artifacts as opposed to only being road worthy is misleading.

My impression of a 100% restoration has always been that the vehicle is
restored to factory/dealer/showroom condition meaning it's ready to 
drive down the road. The paint, interior, mechanics etc. etc. are as the
y were when the car was new, not "customized" or altered.

Spraying an MGA, for example, with a metallic 2 step paint then covering 
that with 5,6,7 layers of clear coat is NOT original. Installing air
conditioning, a 200 watt stereo or tinted windows, again, is not original.
The car may look great and be road worthy but IT IS NOT ORIGINAL, i.e. it
is not a true restoration. If I were judging a competition and saw an
entry like this I'ld give it low marks.

For me, the goal when restoring a noteworthy auto is to be able to drive
the thing down the road. This is the real indication of a succesful 
restoration - the car looks and drives as if it were new.

my 2 cents.

Mike Lambdin

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