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what happens when you restore a car but didn't used the original parts? will the car lose it's value? What if you turn the chrome bumpers, trims into gold plate trims, does it lose it's value? What happens when you add some stuff and modifications?

I'm planning to putting hydraulics and gold plated bumpers, trims instead of chrome plate on a 72 gto that i'm restoring.
 

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The car will certainly lose some value. What is important is that whatever you do to the car, you are doing it to satisfy you.

The 72's are not exactly a hot item as originals, and it sounds like yours will definitely get looks for its "pimp my ride" update.
 

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If you complete mods to the car that can be reversed, then it's not a big deal because you can always put it back to original if resale is in it's future. I would seriously think whether you want to make those mods to the car, and if so, go with it. Have fun, and good luck to you. Post pics when you get it done.
 

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I second the opinion on only doing modifications that can be reversed. i myself prefer the 71', 72' over the others. They seem to be seen less. I like that. There's just so much of the 67's and 68's around it seems.
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what happens when you restore a car but didn't used the original parts? will the car lose it's value? What if you turn the chrome bumpers, trims into gold plate trims, does it lose it's value? What happens when you add some stuff and modifications?

I'm planning to putting hydraulics and gold plated bumpers, trims instead of chrome plate on a 72 gto that i'm restoring.
My humble opinion is that you're restoring or you're not, there really isn't an in-between. Restoring means you're returning the car to it's original condition using it's original parts, or at least NOS. Anything less is NOT restoring. Sounds like you're building a resto-rod, which is an older car updated to a more modern version to suit your preference. No problem with that.

Someone on this thread said the '72 isn't really a great option to restore due to its lack of value. Sounds to me like you made a good choice of a vehicle to modify. Besdies it's a lot more expensive to truly restore a car than to just make it like you want.
 

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I know this is an old post but I just had to do a reply....... :willy:

To restore or not to restore??? That is always a good question... A car is only worth as much as what a person is willing to pay for it. Its getting harder and harder to find some parts for older cars. It just depends on what YOU want to do with the car. A lot of people like the stock restoration mainly of the fact that there are not too many of these cars on the road. When they are fixed up as original, it shows that the muscle cars were an awesome part of history that we will never forget. Then there are the Chip Foose's of the world, tear it up and make a mean monster machine... Its cool to see what can be done with a little imagination and money....

Anyway, do what you feel would make the car a part of you not what others think it should be. That's what hot rodding is based on...

And post some pics so we can see how it is coming along...
 
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