Originally Posted by MARTINSR
I think one of the biggest differences between today and years past is we now have an option, we can spend boat loads of money building something out of catalogs or we can build it as cars were built decades ago using passion and ingenuity. It's hard to compare today's car builder from one 40 or 50 years ago when today EVERYTHING is available from so many sources it isn't even funny. You don't have to make ANYTHING, you could open up a catalog or hop on the net and find just about anything you would ever need for your build, be it a fan shroud to a chopped top 32 Ford body.
Years ago a car was built from what ever you could find, and your passion and ingenuity. But there wasn't a choice, you did that or you played a guitar or grew roses, there wasn't a choice. So it's awful hard to compare the two eras.
but by the same token, back then the raw materials where EVERYWHERE..
you didn't need a catolog for a 9",, you found many in the j/y.. and brought a tapemeasure and found one that would work..
now try to find one in a yard is not all that easy.. for some that are spoiled in the dry climates.. you still might be able to.. but work north and . good luck
and the dry climate junk yards.. know what they got.. getting a 50.oo or 200.oo car from a yard is a thing of the past..