Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Injun Territory, 'Merica!
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Easy to add options; i.e. ones that are easy to remove on a fairly rare car to return it to stock, most owners and buyers don't have a problem with. Adding a custom sport steering wheel, adding oem rally gauges and in dash tach, adding a period correct looking Pontiac AM-FM radio or stereo, all have been popular additions.
Adding correct pwr disc brakes set-ups can be a positive additions for many owners, but not all. Having pulled off partscars, rebuilt components, detailed, & installed & sold a ton of factory disc brake systems, they can add some value. However, like spending 80K on the modest pool addition and some patio work, when it comes time to sell your home, good chance the pool expense will not be recouped. Same deal on disc swaps. On factory disc changeovers, I've also removed a cutting edge Concours disc brake system off a very high performance factory built Pontiac, and the same was done to one of my customer's RA4 Judges, not only because each car was an original manual drum car, but because the disc system added near 30lbs of weight. Swapping to disc brakes isn't always the solution. Especially with special matrix brake shoes, stiffer return springs, and with my cryo'ed original drums, 4 wheel drums will stop either 3650 lb car fine at the track from 110 mph.
On pwr windows, they definitely add expense and weight. An easy $1000 expense and that's if one does the installation themselves. Personally, I wouldn't advise adding them, many of us see them as a negative on a Pontiac musclecar. Similar deal with a Judge rear spoiler, the side and rear 3/4 profile of a '68 just looks odd with a '69 Judge spoiler added. Years ago I picked up a perfect late '70 style Judge rear spoiler to put on an extra '71 decklid on my HO GT-37. Finally came to the realization, the GT-37's look "boy racer" enough with hood pins and stripes, no need to add an option that is not on the buildsheet. On hood tachs, have had quite a few factory hood tach cars over the years, and one of my keepers is a factory hood tach car. Personally, I prefer the factory dash tach. Factory dash tachs, can see fine, no fogging up, seldom not working. Adding a hood tach to a factory stick car ESP when you're going to have to source a repro hood for the driver type restoration of a non numbers car, don't really have a problem with that. Hacking a hole in a pristine original hood, ESP on a lower performance automatic car, I just don't get it, and know many others that think the same.
Best to you with the '68, whatever you do.