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Classic touches on a newer ride...cool or not?

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Post by Nanook on July 7th 2014, 8:33 pm

This would be like adding something like early Camaro badges to a later model or certain engine parts (like valve covers) from an older model to a newer one. Stuff along these lines. What do you all think of that kind of stylistic touch? Would you consider it on your ride? If done right I like the idea of paying homage to the earlier iterations of your vehicle. For instance, I am adding the '65 Corvette 'Fuel Injection' script to my '88 Corvette where it says 'Tuned Port Injection'. And I am adding a set of '71 Chevrolet aluminum valve covers to my TPI motor (I'd LOVE to get a set of the ones with the Corvette script but no way to afford them).

Anyhow, what are you thoughts?

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Post by Blue Eyed Devil on July 8th 2014, 12:08 am

I don't care for it at all.  Personally I feel most styling should be kept era-specific. A few "throwback" touches can be close to acceptable sometimes, but it can also be a slippery slope.  Too much and it just looks very "poser" in my eyes, especially when it comes to emblems.  I know this isn't your particular example, but it's kinda like the guy with GTO badges on a Tempest - not really fooling anyone and the car would be so much cooler if it was it's true self instead of trying to look like something it's not.  Also, chrome tends to look very out of place on newer vehicles, lending a "fresh off the AutoZone shelf and stuck on with 2-sided tape" appearance to older style parts on a newer style vehicle.  Reminds me of the PT cruiser guys who think their car even remotely resembles anything old...  affraid 

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Post by Nanook on July 8th 2014, 6:14 am

No problems at all on my end...it's a hobby that has room for everyone, B-E-D. Very Happy  And I could not agree more with the street rod 'touches' on PT Cruisers. That too has driven me a bit nuts. Some are very overdone. And I would not rebadge something to make it into something it's not (i.e. a Tempest into a GTO).

As you said the issue arises when it's overdone. Hence my idea to keep it low-key. The finned valve covers and orange engine block paint are my 'nod' to old-school Chevy and the FI emblems a 'nod' to the fuelie 'vettes of old. Keep it subtle and folks tend to appreciate it. If you go overboard it looks then like you threw a winning lottery ticket and a shopping spree at Autozone to your ride.  Laughing 

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Post by Reb Stew on July 8th 2014, 7:42 am

So I need to take my fender skirts and wide white I put on the Toyota Yaris tonight back off?  pale 

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Post by Marty042 on July 8th 2014, 10:27 am

^^^^^  affraid  affraid  affraid  ^^^^^
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Post by Chris55 on July 8th 2014, 12:41 pm

Reb Stew wrote:So I need to take my fender skirts and wide white I put on the Toyota Yaris tonight back off?  pale 
As long as you put the stick on Buick port holes your ok.
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Post by Nanook on July 8th 2014, 2:54 pm

Reb Stew wrote:So I need to take my fender skirts and wide white I put on the Toyota Yaris tonight back off?  pale 

You're killin' me, Steve! Laughing  Good grief no...it's your car and do with it what you wish.

Still laughing (at you, Steve, not the Yaris!),

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Post by Nanook on July 8th 2014, 2:56 pm

Chris55 wrote:
Reb Stew wrote:So I need to take my fender skirts and wide white I put on the Toyota Yaris tonight back off?  pale 
As long as you put the stick on Buick port holes your ok.

That always adds a touch of class to any vehicle, Chris.  Razz  You could put portholes on a Yugo and folks would be like 'Oooooo....ahhhhhh...soooooo classy!'  Cool 

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Post by Brownie on July 8th 2014, 3:22 pm

Nanook wrote:
Chris55 wrote:
Reb Stew wrote:So I need to take my fender skirts and wide white I put on the Toyota Yaris tonight back off?  pale 
As long as you put the stick on Buick port holes your ok.

That always adds a touch of class to any vehicle, Chris.  Razz  You could put portholes on a Yugo and folks would be like 'Oooooo....ahhhhhh...soooooo classy!'  Cool 

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AutoZone has a whole shelf devoted to that! Gota love setting next to some one at a light with those port holes on the Toyota giving you the nod while your in your hot rod. Asking you is that real?....... Just have to chuckle and Drive on! It takes all kinds to make this world go round. Some just go round in there own little world!
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Post by Reb Stew on July 8th 2014, 4:42 pm

I seen a guy get out of a nice white 87ish trans Am the other day and it had some stick on Buick type port holes on the fender. I just shook my head.

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Post by Nanook on July 8th 2014, 5:01 pm

Reb Stew wrote:I seen a guy get out of a nice white 87ish trans Am the other day and it had some stick on Buick type port holes on the fender. I just shook my head.

SERIOUSLY????? Ugh...U-G-H. 3rd Gens rarely need any embellishments as they look pretty darn good from the factory IMHO.

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Post by TAHOE on July 10th 2014, 6:57 pm

I guess I better take my buick holes off the firebird  geek lol! 

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Post by Nanook on July 10th 2014, 7:35 pm

TAHOE wrote:I guess I better take my buick holes off the firebird  geek lol! 
If you're gonna park it in my drive ya better! Laughing Laughing Laughing 

Of course this coming from the guy that put a Z28 spoiler on his Trans Am...so perhaps my judgment skills are lacking hahahaha! tongue Shocked Laughing 

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Post by TAHOE on July 11th 2014, 6:52 pm

Nanook wrote:
TAHOE wrote:I guess I better take my buick holes off the firebird  geek lol! 
If you're gonna park it in my drive ya better! Laughing Laughing Laughing 

Of course this coming from the guy that put a Z28 spoiler on his Trans Am...so perhaps my judgment skills are lacking hahahaha! tongue Shocked Laughing 

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But that actually looked good!

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Post by Nanook on July 11th 2014, 6:58 pm

Yes it sure did! I love that look...Brian, who started the GCFBA way way way back had one on his yellow GTA and it just looked wicked to me. I'd do it again if I ever had a 3rd Gen again. I've seen it done on a both a black and a dark red metallic GTA and it looked just as sinister on them too.

Wish I had kept that '86 TA.  Sad 

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Post by Nanook on July 11th 2014, 7:01 pm

And here's an interior shot...it took a SERIOUS amount of work to get the 4th Gen shifter and console to work/fit properly.

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Post by Reb Stew on July 12th 2014, 12:51 am

I was over at Cincy Speed Shop today and there was a couple nice F bodies creeping around. Didn't buy much. I did find the dip stick tube I needed.

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Post by Nanook on July 12th 2014, 6:07 am

Glad that you found what you needed. Tracey, Nick and Craig are all good guys. Tell 'em you know me the next time you are in...y'all can share some stories about me LOL!

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