Tom Heath Webmaster
July 30, 2010 3:16 p.m.

We've got a new project update on David's Porsche. He seems to be enjoying the car without much in the way of modifications, but that makes sense for purebred cars like his Porsche.

Check out the latest update

What cars do you love box stock? Is there anything that's a sacred, un-mod-able cow?

EvanB Dork
July 30, 2010 3:18 p.m.

I enjoy my WRX without any modifications but that doesn't mean I won't mod it once funds allow

93celicaGT2 SuperDork
July 30, 2010 3:26 p.m.

To me, nothing is sacred.

96DXCivic Dork
July 30, 2010 3:50 p.m.

If less then 100 or so were built, I wouldn't modify it but otherwise I would modify away.

Apexcarver SuperDork
July 30, 2010 3:52 p.m.

Ultra low production or historical significance.. then again, usually that would mean I could sell it and modify something else much further for my money.

JThw8 SuperDork
July 30, 2010 3:53 p.m.

I belong to a VW club which has the motto "why restore it to its former shortcomings when you can modify it to it's full potential"

That about sums it up for me.

itsatrap New Reader
July 30, 2010 3:53 p.m.

Nothing much is sacred to me, I have thoughts of building an LS1 powered Maserati Merak. About the only thing I wouldn't modify would be something like an Lancia Stratos or something equally rare.

scardeal Reader
July 30, 2010 3:53 p.m.

Ferraris will probably do with just a tire change.

mad_machine SuperDork
July 30, 2010 3:54 p.m.

I enjoy upgrading a car. My lancia, as rare as it is anymore.. will see some modifications.. mostly from the Fiat/Lancia family tree.

there will be, however, no cutting of sheetmetal or anything else that cannot be undone

David S. Wallens Editorial Director
July 30, 2010 7:17 p.m.

Porsches are interesting, as there's a zillion ways to mod them. To be honest, this one works pretty well nearly stock. It's also an original paint car in an interesting color. I have a mods planned, but they're going to fall under the subtle heading--like the ducktail. (Speaking of subtle, those wheels aren't stock, either, but no one seems to notice.)

oldtin HalfDork
July 30, 2010 7:41 p.m.

limited production/historical significance. But even a lot of those cars have subtle mods or fixes because there's no way to stay original or there's tweaks under the skin. I would keep a maserati ghibli pretty stock though.

Ever notice most of the activities off-track in a porsche sound sorta pretentious (yes, there's plenty of down to earth porsche drivers) but...went to a wine tasting in a private hangar and trucked in a ... instead of flogged em on the back road and stopped for a beer and some brats. I'm guessing it's the demographic - in the way-back machine when I sold them - the median income for a 911 owner was $250k. I'd guess double that or more by now.

friedgreencorrado SuperDork
July 30, 2010 7:55 p.m.
JThw8 wrote: I belong to a VW club which has the motto "why restore it to its former shortcomings when you can modify it to it's full potential" That about sums it up for me.

ROFL! So true. OTOH, I also have one Corrado mostly stock, and one modded out. Isn't having two of them when one will do the Grassroots way?

Junkyard_Dog HalfDork
July 30, 2010 8:06 p.m.

I wouldn't irreversibly mod most cars. Bolt ons are fine-just don't throw out/sell the original stuff if its rare....but if its rotted/wrecked to the point it wouldn't survive without modding I'd hack away. Still want a 93LE Miata even though I have half of one now (interior in my '96), but I'd never cut one.

Woody SuperDork
July 30, 2010 8:08 p.m.

My WRX is almost stock. The only significant change was a fatter rear sway bar.

Oh, and a front skid plate. I love dirt.

David S. Wallens Editorial Director
July 30, 2010 8:16 p.m.
friedgreencorrado wrote:
JThw8 wrote: I belong to a VW club which has the motto "why restore it to its former shortcomings when you can modify it to it's full potential" That about sums it up for me.

ROFL! So true. OTOH, I also have one Corrado mostly stock, and one modded out. Isn't having two of them when one will do the Grassroots way?

As a guy who has two B16A-powered Hondas, I guess I can relate. By the way, one of them received a roll bar yesterday. That counts as a modification, right?

July 30, 2010 8:16 p.m.

I do not believe that any original parts of any kind should be left when I am done.

pigeon HalfDork
July 30, 2010 9:06 p.m.

My 750Li works prefect for it's intended purpose - gracefully wafting the family to and fro - as well as blasting down the highway at high speed when I'm late and carving corners like no 2 ton plus car has a right to do. The only mods are super subtle - LED license plate lights, upgraded floor mats. There's nothing substantive I'd change about it.

triumph5
triumph5 Reader
July 30, 2010 9:51 p.m.
Tom Heath wrote: We've got a new project update on David's Porsche. He seems to be enjoying the car without much in the way of modifications, but that makes sense for purebred cars like his Porsche. Check out the latest update What cars do you love box stock? Is there anything that's a sacred, un-mod-able cow?

Blower Bently

Jay Dork
July 31, 2010 3:16 a.m.

I have no real desire to modify the Elan, I figure I couldn't do a better job than Lotus so why start changing it? So no plans for mods.

Oh yeah, but I added a rollbar. And I want to upgrade the brakes, those suck. And some of the interior trim. And the sound system. And change the colour. And maybe plunk a boost chip in for more powah. Oh E36 M3...

pres589 HalfDork
July 31, 2010 10:18 a.m.

In reply to Giant Purple Snorklewacker:

What the... looks like one of the hotter BMW inline 6's, behind a narrowed 3rd gen Camaro front facia? You building an M-IROC?

July 31, 2010 1:22 p.m.
pres589 wrote: In reply to Giant Purple Snorklewacker: What the... looks like one of the hotter BMW inline 6's, behind a narrowed 3rd gen Camaro front facia? You building an M-IROC?

Well... you know how sometimes you are sitting around at the track after a long hot day of driving hard and the beer seems exceptionally cold and delicious and... somebody says... What do you think is the perfect track car?

I said... A 2000lb, 300hp E30 with decent aero and room for 12" slicks underneath.

When I sobered up... half the damn thing was in my garage. I'm just seeing it thru :)

pres589 HalfDork
July 31, 2010 1:32 p.m.

Snork, I like the way you think, even if you don't call it the M-IROC.

Nitroracer Dork
July 31, 2010 2:41 p.m.

My camaro is a daily driver and has more than enough power to get me in trouble. It only gets basic maintenance.

My Fairlane is a undesirable sedan so I can changed the engine, brakes, interior, etc. I enjoy doing the work and I can make it exactly what I want without ruining some rare piece of history.

David S. Wallens Editorial Director
July 31, 2010 4:23 p.m.
Giant Purple Snorklewacker wrote: I do not believe that any original parts of any kind should be left when I am done.

That kinda looks like the last of the V8s.

mad_machine SuperDork
July 31, 2010 4:51 p.m.

hmmm... how many car related projects started with too much beer?

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