Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Ft. Wayne, Indiana
Restore or not to restore?
Hello everyone, I'm wondering about some opinions on my car and whether I should do some serious work or leave it alone. Here's the deal, I have a 1964 two door hardtop, 327, 3 speed manual, black with blue interior. My parents bought the car new in '64, drove it until 1979, then stored it until I purchased it last week. Over all, the original paint is very nice other than a few dings here and there, all very small. There is very little rust (50 cent piece size) on the lower front fenders. Other than the carpet being a little worn, the interior is MINT and original. Shoot, Dad put those slick clear plastic covers on the seats when it was new and they are still on it, although they are yellowed now and I plan to remove them. The engine and engine compartment is untouched, but not overly clean.
Here's where I'm asking opinions of fellow members. Keep in mind that sentimental value is priceless on this one. Do I leave everything alone and keep it as a survivor? Do I repair / repaint the bottom of the fenders? Detail the underhood? (repaint the motor, fender wells, etc) I know that a car is only original once. I am aware that certain things will have to be replaced since it has sat for so long, so there's no way around that. I'm more interested in opinons about the underhood and body.
THANKS for any input that you may have!!