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Factory clone or restomod?

Hey guys. As you may know, I just picked up a '68 LeMans convertible. Like most folks, I am obviously going to make this a GTO clone. The car currently does not appear to be numbers matching plus I will be replacing the frame due to damage.

Now out of curiosity, I am looking for opinions and advice on whether I should make my clone as close to a factory GTO as possible (Muscle Car TV did this to a Camaro) or should I make it a restomod GTO?

Personally, I know I like shiney things, for example, I like polished 17" wheels, ceramic coated long tube headers, and shiney chrome accents in the engine area over stock parts. I also tend to like upgraded items like tubular control arms, disc brakes, and power adders. But I do understand that a factory correct clone is just as eye catching. I am not trying to pass the clone off as a real GTO, but I do not see anything wrong with building one that is as close as possible to the real thing.

Just like to hear what you guys have to say.
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I vote restomod in this case!!!!



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For me stone stock is BORING, and the old tires suck to drive on. There is no way I would make anything exactly factory correct, not even my numbers matching 455 HO Formula. Some people go for the correct this or that, and even get down to the date coded hose clamps. I would rather be driving it than having garage art, and once you go to that effort, you dont want to drive it so you dont have to do it again. You can also go with a 455 with any year head, or even aluminum heads, make lots of power, and have fun with a restomod.

Dont worry about value because in the end it is still a clone.

I like sleepers, looks stock and boring but carry a really big stick, just a couple mods being visible. Make it just look like an old car that either just came out of a barn, or has a cheap paint job on it. Looking stock and being stock are two different things.
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i vote resto mod. its your car and you build it the way you want. In my opinion the car is more personal when you build it the way you want it.
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the biggest upcoming market is a stock look with a newer LS1 under the hood....
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I like to think of mine as more Retro-Mod...looks and is pretty stock for the most part besides the shiny things, most of the mods blend in pretty well (gauges, B&M ratchet shifter, leather wrapped wheel, drilled and slotted front power disc's, close ratio power steering) . but i don't think many will mistake it for the 326 the badges say it has. Build what you like and drive it like you stole it.







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I (of course) vote resto mod old school style with updated drive components
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I'll get on this wagon, resto/retro.......



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build it the way you want it, the way you will use it, and within your budget.
Afterall, it yours!!! Just enjoy it.
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Dang Eric...that blowers bigger than your motor....SWEET!!!!
Never seen the engine in yours Crusty....one of a kind, very nice work.
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