Sometimes you can’t experience nostalgia unless you preserve nostalgia.
Sure I get the resto-mod philosophy and the urge to upgrade beyond the decade in which an old ride got its first taste of leaded gas.
I also believe that a full-on trip to yesteryear in a vintage ride is not possible in anything other than an original vehicle.
The buckboard ride of an old pickup is part of the charm of the old war ponies and an upgrade to a big block sitting on an air ride suspension with rack and pinion steering in an old pickup is a far cry from authenticity.
The tall gears in the floor shifter or the experience of a three-on-the- tree manual shifter has begun to disappear from the landscape as we re-build the old rides into something better, in the finest tradition of the Six Million Dollar Man. But tell me true, don’t you also believe that Colonel Steve Austin would have happier with his original parts?
Sure the old power train in the old road warriors might be seriously out-gunned for top speed by today’s road rockets, but who is really in a hurry when they are behind the wheel of an old classic? It is all about the journey when you get behind the wheel of a four-wheeled time capsule and hit the open road.
You cannot fully experience that time unless you embrace the old vehicle as a moment in time, complete with vent windows instead of air conditioning and a golden opportunity for you to whistle a happy tune in your radio delete survivor.
Step back in time and enjoy the ride the way it was meant to be enjoyed when these old soldiers were kings of the road. A time when drivers heated the seats with their nether regions and you crammed a family of seven in a car built for five-max.
We have every installed every creature comfort available to make new cars into amazing road vehicles in today’s world, but sometimes it is just more fun to arrive in something that took longer to get there…
but was so much more fun.
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