Let me add to the chorus of lbc owners who got into the hobby to drive
rather than polish and preen. I can respect the discussions about the
correct shades of 30-40 year old paint, but I also remember what it was
like when our cars were new. *Nothing* was sacred, and anything was
subject to modification by the owner. Want a TR4 in BRG and the dealer
only has a white one? No problem -- buy the car and have it painted. I
knew one guy in the neighborhood who painted his new GT6+ silver because
he thought it made it look like a Masarati!
I look at the whole lbc experience as a trip into the past -- not an
idealized one, but the way it really was. That's what got most of us
hooked in the first place. To that end, over-restoration is admirable for
the effort and craftsmanship, but not necessarily the only, or even best,
way to appreciate the cars. Cars live in a rough world, and if we use them
they get dinged and scratched. It's ok.
Before I get off my soapbox, I'd like to publically thank David Durestine
who sold me a period am-fm radio for my TR4. I now enjoy Car Talk with
all of the audio quality afforded by 1960s technology.
1965 TR4 (CT37089L)