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To restore or to resto-mod, that is the question

To restore or to resto-mod, that is the question

Pick of the Day is a 1936 Ford 5-window coupe

The Pick of the Day comes with a quandary.

The car is a 1936 Ford 5-window coupe that appears to be immaculate in its advertisement on ClassicCars.com. 

The private seller notes in the car’s advertisement that it was titled by the father-in-law in 1967, “garaged and maintained as an occasional weekend around-town cruiser.  When he passed in 2015, it was then re-titled in Texas and continually garaged.”

The car is powered by a “period correct” 21-bolt 221cid flathead V8 with Stromberg 97 carburetor. The car has a 3-speed manual transmission, 6-volt electrical system and mechanical brakes.

“It does not have the rumble seat, but it does have the crank-down rear window option.”

The seller notes that the car won best in class honors at both car shows in which it was entered, including the Early Ford V8 Club Texas Tour.

So where’s the quandary?

Right here: “This is a great base for a classic restoration project, or a desirable vehicle for a resto-mod,” the seller suggests.

Ford coupes from 1932-34 are very popular with hot rodders, but this is a 1936 model. The asking price is $29,400, which seems reasonable for a car that appears to be ready for cruising, or perhaps even a nice road trip.

The car, located in Plano, Texas, is being offered in “Partially Restored” condition. 

So, would you complete the restoration that the previous owner already had started or would you opt to do a resto-mod with maybe a modern Mustang powertrain and updated suspension and customized interior? Or do you just leave it as is, doing only maintenance to keep it running? 

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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  • Dade Pepin
    November 7, 2019, 2:19 AM

    The vehicle should be kept as an original. It will only increase in value as such due to the fact so many people hotrod these and ruin any originality in my opinion.

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  • Laurence Potter
    November 7, 2019, 2:57 AM

    Leave that lovely car just as it is… to nice to Resto-mod .

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  • Roy Wilson
    November 7, 2019, 3:57 AM

    this is a great car, and i am not really even a fan.

    the correct answer is neither. you fix it good enough to look good/great and drive it. do not do frame off, or the like. then you cannot drive it. also, this car does not need resto moding. that approach means that you have just given up, and don’t care, because you can justify mixing and matching all sorts of stuff. the car will never me as fast as a contemporary car, or handle as well. the real fun is in enjoying how it was intended to drive, difficultly, and then mastering it.

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  • Rick Sand
    November 7, 2019, 5:46 AM

    As tempting as "improving it" is – it would be a sin to tamper with history here. Keep the old girl shiny and maintained and enjoy it for what it is; a beautiful classic.

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  • Brian Geever
    November 7, 2019, 6:11 AM

    And the Answer is : It’s your Hot Rod, do what you want to it. Period correct, Resto-mod, or in between. You or another owner can change it back too. Ahhhh what a great country.

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    • Mark Jarvis@Brian Geever
      November 7, 2019, 10:43 AM

      Leave it alone….

      protect it
      maintain it
      preserve it

      get to know its original character
      be amazed by how well it drives
      let yourself be humbled

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