December 24, 2009 Nick Engvall

Car Guys Now vs Then

It’s been a while since I have been able to work on any cars and it’s something I really miss. I’ve decided that in the coming weeks and months I am gonna get back into it. My GS-R will no longer be neglected. It will be a long project (which will never truly end), but it’s time to take it to the next level. I have too many of the right pieces in place to not put them together properly.

That got me thinking about the way the older generations restore and rebuild cars. I’ve been a fan of all types of custom rides forever, from rat rods, hot rods, lowriders, antiques, race cars and of course this generation’s toys like Hondas, Nissans and Subarus. One thing I’ve always kind of wondered about is whether the things that are important to the old school guys will be important to younger generations in the future. For instance, period correct customizations. If I have a car built in 1992, in the year 2040 will the modifications be frowned upon if they are from the 2010’s? When you look at a hot rod or lowrider, anything that is not stock is usually period correct, meaning it’s a customization that would have been done at the era when the car was first built, or built to a specific era’s influence.

I’m torn between directions with my rebuild. There are obviously better options as far as engines and technology, then there were in the mid 90’s, but building true to a specific era seems to be the way to go for me. After all, that era was the birth of JDM, Hondas hitting 9-second quarters, and the beginnings of road racing so-called “rice rockets” here in th US. The TMR M’ZINE days when everything had to be figured out by trial and error, and the only forum you could go to was the old Hybrid site. So I guess by writing this out, I answered my own question as to what will be important. To me it is important to stick with period correct pieces, whether it’s 2009, or 2040, I think the mid-90’s will always be my inspiration for my GS-R.

Look for updates coming soon…

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Nick Engvall

Student of Life.

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