Break The Rules

Popular opinion isn't always right.

4y ago

There seem to be unwritten rules of modifying your car. For instance, you can't put a GM engine in a Ford shell, or run Cragars on an S13. Even mods that are commonplace, such as welded diffs and custom vinyls are often met with ridicule, followed by a fight in the comments section of the local car group. This is rather toxic behaviour and won't really get anyone anywhere, so why should it be acceptable?

If you remember the Monster Garage series and have read the accompanying books, you'll most likely remember Rule #1 of building a car: Nothing's Sacred. Do you think the hot rodders cared about brand loyalty when they put the new for '55 265 small block Chevrolet V8 in the engine bay of a cut up old Ford? Do you think AMG cared about quietness and comfort when they took one of Germany's stateliest family sedans, dropped a big V8 in it and called it The Hammer? Do you think Corbin Goodwin gave a damn about originality when he built his Rolls-Royce? No, and why should you care about what other people think when you're building your car?

When I bought my car for $550 Canadian, it was bone stock. Not even an aftermarket CD player, only factory cassette. Everything that's been done to the car was done in my garage, often breaking unspoken rules. Using GM springs on a full-size Ford car to slam it right the way down to the pavement? Sure, why not. Flashy Galaxy print hash marks? I don't see anything wrong with that. Riveted-on ducktail made out of sheet steel from Canadian Tire? Hey, it's functional. Not everyone will like it, but I do, and that's what matters.

The bottom line is that it's your car. and it's your money. Why do it the way the internet wants when you could do it your way? If you want to do it, and it's legal, do it. Whether it's a slammed 2WD Powerstroke, or an S-class built for rallycross, it's your vision. Other people may not like it, but that's okay. If they want one they like, they should build it themselves.

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Comments (2)

  • A rallycross E55 would be absolutely spectacular. Comfortable, loud, relatively easy to get sideways. They even have decent travel, despite the stiffness of the suspension (for a luxury car).

    The follower/leader thing reminds me of a movie quote in a somewhat hilarious yet rather true manner - "If you ain't first, you're last." Oddly resonant with many things in life.

      4 years ago
  • I now want to rallycross an S class, would an AMG E55 be enough?

    There's another benefit to not following the rules, you're not following. If you follow what's perceived as allowed, encouraged and safe then you're never create anything of your own. You'll only go down the road of what's been done before and end up as a clone of someone else's creation or variation of aspects incorporated from other's vehicles. If one wants to create something that is their own, then they're going to at least forget the rules. Flyin Miata broke the rules when going beyond turbo'ing the miata and swapping in an LS motor. The result, a modern day cobra. Singer, Accumoto and Magnus Walker broke the rules when going restomod on aircooled 911s, the result is custom tailored rear-engined aircooled ecstasy available in flavors to suit a variety of palettes. Sometime in the early greek ages there was likely a now famous artist who was told that they can't paint of sculpt images of bare breasts, now it's merely the arms of Venus De Milo that are missing.

      4 years ago