Classic Car Watch

NOTE: This column displays cars I have found on the Internet. I am not selling them. Please follow the links if you are interest in a car. Be mindful of the date this article was published. For an explanation why I do this read the original column here.

February 1, 2010
By Scott Lewis

A resto-mod is a classic car with modern drive train technology. Usually a late model engine swap, but it can go much further. Improved suspension and brakes also play a part in making a classic cars from the sixties or seventies run with modern vehicles.

This month I am going to show you a handful of resto-mods. At the price range I normally look I don't find many resto-mods. So it took a while to compile this list. My criteria for this list was one... fuel injection, the mainstay of modern engines.

Let's see what was around during 2009

1961 Chevrolet Biscayne - $18,900

Description: This classic looking Biscayne has been outfitted with a modern 350 TPI fuel injected motor. This car also includes niceties as power steering and power brakes, things that would be almost unheard of in a Biscayne in the early sixties. The black paint is slow glossy you'll swear you could reach through it. Topped off with modern wheels and tires and this Biscayne can cruise with the best of them. Classic looks with modern driving... what more could you want.

Source: Harwell Motors

Found: 6/5/2009

Comments: This is the car that started it all. I saw it and loved it. And the fuel injected engine started me looking for more. This car is more than I typically look for, but it seems like a quality build from the pictures. I would love to see how this car drove. It could make a great daily drive... but only when the weather is good. I wish I had the guts to spend money on something like this instead of a new car.

1965 Ford Mustang - $14,500

Description: 5.0 HO EFI AM/FM Stereo, Single CD Player, Air Conditioning, Power Steering, Fuel Injected, Seat Belts. The paint is only 9 weeks old! All trim removed prior to painting - paint looks "wet"! COMPLETELY NEW Interior! The motor is a 5.0 HO EFI that runs very good! Trans is a C4 Automatic in excellent condition!

Source: Classic Car Guy

Found: 9/7/2009

Comments: This is just your basic Mustang coupe. I would make sure the A/C blows cold. Those wheels definitely don't go with this car. But that can easily be changed. I like the color and this car should make for a reliable daily driver. It would be nice if he could take better pictures.

1966 Ford Mustang - $14,900

Description: Mustang coupe with a 5.0 liter V-8 engine, C-4 automatic transmission, 2.80-1 rear gears, dual exhausts, bucket seats, Grant steering wheel, Vintage a/c, new tires, 15" Cragar wheels, billet grill, Shelby striping, and a Jensen AM/FM/cassette player! Nice driver.

Source: Automaniacs

Found: 7/5/2009

Comments: Just another Mustang coupe... with a 5.0 fuel injected engine. This one was located on the highway that i drive to/from work. Defintiely worth checking out.

1966 Ford Mustang - $18,500

Description: You are viewing an icon of classics. The Mustang has been known as one of the most recognized muscle cars of its era. This Mustang is a great mixture of modernization and classical ingredients. The power plant is a modern day fuel injection motor that will surprise anyone when they look under the hood. The classical look of the outside gives the car a sleek look with the PPG Silver paint and the black top. Inside you will find a completely restored interior along with all the right parts. If you want one of the most affordable muscle cars, this one is for you.

Source: Collectible Cars by Design

Found: 6/7/2009

Comments: This car looks nicer than the two Mustangs above. I like the gray & black interior. I am pretty sure that is not stock, but it makes the car look just s little more modern to go with the EFI engine.

1969 Ford Mustang - $15,000

Description: What makes this 'Stang so great is that it is a 1969 Ford Mustang Resto-Mod Coupe with 107,500 miles (the odometer has flipped over once, reads 7,500 now) that has had a lot of power added under the hood, but in terms of comfort has been kept down for the sake of utility and muscle. It has a 1995 302 5.0 V8 fuel injected engine with a Ford AOD 4-Speed automatic transmission. It does not have power steering, power brakes, or air conditioning, though the vents and mounting equipment for A/C are present. It also has aftermarket sound system, AM/FM radio with a CD changer in the trunk. The interior is almost completely original, except the front seats (which have leather slip-overs) and is in good condition. The body is solid, damage- and rust-free, as is the undercarriage.

Source: Mustang Only One

Found: 11/1/2009

Comments: I don't see many 69-70 coupes. The body looks good, but i would be afraid of what's under those seat covers and the dash cover. Again, the wheels don't go with the car. The lack of any creature comforts makes this car a big maybe. I have done that before, but it requires a good test drive to see if the car is too much work to drive.

1972 Pontiac Grand Prix Model J - $14,900

Description: Recent Restoration. Updated 454 with computerized fuel injection brings classic power matched with modern fuel efficiency and reliability. Smooth effortless Automatic Transmission begs you to drive this car daily! Matching White interior. Plush Bucket seats. Ice cold A/C, Loaded with options, Factory rally gauges. AM/FM CD, Beautiful gloss two tone blue and white vinyl top.

Source: Autohaus Motorsports

Found: 9/7/2009

Comments: Fuel injection on a big block... in a big car. Don't expect good gas mileage. You can only do so much. But this combination should be loaded with smooth, tire shredding torque.

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu - $16,900

Description: Malibu/Chevelle-SS (Clone) Hugger Orange/White Stripes/Black Interior, 396/350H.P. (NOM) w/Edelbrock Fuel Injection, Automatic Transmission, Power Steering, Power Brakes, Bucket Seats & Console. Needs some TLC!

Source: Corvettes Only of Denver

Found: 9/7/2009

Comments: This is probably cheating. It is not a late model motor, just an aftermarket fuel injection system. Since we are already at the end of the list you can see I did not have an easy time finding fuel injected over the last six months.