When it comes to restoring cars, there are two very different but specific camps of classic car restorers. There are the classic car purists, who will only restore cars in the ways they were originally built and maintained, and then there are the forward-thinking restorers, who will use the latest technologies and innovations to make a stronger, faster and more modern restoration of a classic car.
The upside to being a classic car purist is that you get to recreate the beauty of a classic automobile just as it was when it was built, as a testament to the staying power of iconic cars. The downside, however, is that finding original parts that are in good shape can sometimes be a huge challenge, and often there are complications.
For classic car restorers who are okay with using new technologies and new parts, finding them isn’t really an issue, and by and large they experience much fewer problems with restoration because of it. However, the classic car loses some of its allure and appeal when more and more of it becomes made up of present-day parts, and at some point it may defeat the purpose of the restoration in the first place.