Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Sedgwick, Kansas
I think everyone has a different 'tolerance level' for modifications. I love to see a 'perfect' exactly-as-it-was, unmolested Mustang (or any other old car!) but I also love tastefully done changes and yes, improvements to these cars, allowing them to be faster, smoother, better-handling, safer machines.
The question of 'where to draw the line' is very much a personal choice.
For me, the alarms and buzzers start going off when I see Chevy parts. Part of my love affair with these cars is the Ford drivetrains, so when someone hacks up the car to fit a different brand of engine, transmission, etc. under it, that drives me nuts. There are an awful lot of Ford/Mercury/Lincoln parts that can do a fantastic job without having to carve out the fenders or transmission tunnel.
And for what it's worth, I feel the same way about seeing a Ford in a Chevy, or an LS in a Chrysler, etc. Each make has tons of great aftermarket support. Dropping in a motor that doesn't match says to me, "I didn't really care to do any thinking, research or anything like that. I just had this in my garage, and it's mine, so lulz."
If it's a crappy car and you do something nuts - I do appreciate that. 500 Caddy in a Yugo? SURE! That's entertaining too.
You can even make a case for 'oddball' cars that it's near impossible to find parts for. Say, for example, you found a derelict Hudson rotting in a field with no motor? Where are you going to find a good "Twin H" motor these days? I'd be happy to see it fixed up and driving, even if that meant putting a modern engine in it. A lot of the things you'd need to get an original Hudson drivetrain back together are nearly unobtanium, so that just makes sense to me. Do the best you can, right?
But when I see an LS in a Mustang at a show, instead of admiring the big bucks and huge time it took to make things look like they belong together that way, I just walk right by.
Just kind of makes me sad, you know?