Many Thanks!

Even though October has more than a week left the number of views for Disaffected Musings has reached an all-time monthly high. The number of unique visitors set a new monthly “record” earlier in October.

Thanks to all of the Hemmings and Car and Driver readers who have visited here. Thanks to John Kraman (@CarKraman on Twitter), host of Mecum Auto Auctions, for following Disaffected Musings on Twitter. Thanks to 56packardman, BillBabowsky, C/2 and CV for reading and commenting on a regular basis.

I greatly appreciate the increase in views. Please keep reading, please post thoughtful comments if you are so inclined and please tell others and share the blog URL (

How else can I show my gratitude? Will this suffice?

A picture of the amazingly beautiful Cristy Lee from her website Too sexist? OK, how about this?


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From a picture of a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette restomod. I particularly like the color combination as I envision the exterior color for my restomod being a hybrid of teal and charcoal or teal and gray.

Even though I probably will not take possession of my restomod for 2-3 years, barring unforeseen circumstances, I have already finalized what I want in the car, more or less. It is often written that if a person writes down their goals those goals are more likely to be achieved. It is also said that a person can “jinx” themselves by expressing their goals too soon. From a practical perspective, until I can tap into my retirement accounts without penalty at age 59 1/2 this project cannot really start unless unforeseen circumstances make it possible for me to do so.

Do any of you think about building a restomod, whether or not you do the work yourself? If so, what kind of car? As I have written so many times that most of you are probably tired of reading it, I own a car for the purpose of driving it even if it’s just 3,000-4,000 miles a year. This is 2018; I don’t want a car with a carburetor, drum brakes, points-based ignition, bias-ply tires, or a single reservoir master cylinder. I’m going to insist on air bags for my restomod. I mean, they’re going to have to install a modern wiring harness, right? Why can’t I have at least four airbags (passenger front and side, driver front and side)?

If any of you saw the master list of features I would want in my restomod you wouldn’t believe it. I must have at least 100 items on there, most of which I will not be able to afford on my car. Oh well, maybe unforeseen circumstances will intervene, but I’m not holding my breath or I’d suffocate.

Thanks again for reading. Please feel free to let me know what I can do better, what topics you want to see, etc.





6 thoughts on “Many Thanks!

  1. Sorry to say, Federal Law prevents retrofitting vehicles with Supplemental Safety Systems without having achieved Federal Allowance for such. The only way to have modern amenities like airbags, ABS or such is to buy a modern vehicle/Vette and have the bodywork retrofitted to the year you like. There is a company in AZ doing just this, and actually, work appears well-done, but no idea about long-term reliability. You get working ac, abs, driver assist and everything you could ask for in looks from the 60s or whatever year they offer.


      1. It’s more than just Legislation, you cannot retrofit a vehicle with modern safety aides… will not have the wiring, sensors, ECU’s modules or such to make it work, nor the software to do it all. Remember, airbags and ABS are nothing more than supplemental systems which work in conjunction with mechanical-based systems. They are integrated into the vehicles based on chassis, engine/trans and vehicle weights. It is highly complex to make all work as one, and seamlessly.

        Essentially, with a restomod you get a modern eng/trans combo (salvage or crate) and the harness and ECUs to operate those items. The remainder of the car will be wiring from Painless, Ron Francis or such and it will be old school with maybe LEDs if that is what you desire. You do not get the “new” wiring like a modern vehicle would have so no display abilities, no abs, no airbags, no safety aides whatsoever unless someone aftermarket makes one.


  2. E°E,

    My 1948 Ford F-1 pickup could be classified as a “restomod” as the chassis and body interior are being modernized with the body exterior being basically stock. However, I prefer the term “hot rod” as it is being updated with a more modern V-8 engine and drive train but that is also because I am an old school hot rodder. The best way to describe it would be it is a 1948 F-1 Lightning patterned after the first Ford F-150 Lightning from 1993-95 in a 1948 F-1 body. You have to have a PLAN well defined before your start in order to keep the budget under control and not let it get out of hand with major changes after you have done work on it. It also helps to have a record of what you have in the project to keep track of the exact parts you installed and the associated costs. Mine is a 29 page (to date) Excel spreadsheet which will also be used as the parts list once the project is finished to be able to buy replacement parts for repairs and/or maintenance. I’d be glad to send you a copy of the spreadsheet. Well that is my nickel’s worth of free advice.


    1. Many thanks, Philip, for the advice regarding the build. My wonderful wife and I have a friend who is “Corvette royalty.” He calls these types of builds resto-rods.


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