well as i have mentioned before i believe in this topic itself,
i'm not dead shot at 'year correct' and stuff resto's.
I do however feel the waste from having an object that was pretty much unmolested turned into 'a worthless brick' by hands of some tools and thieves.
i'm not so freaky in the sense that i would concider replacing every single part out there, as simple as a throttle cable by one that i could find online or other means as another either year-correct piece, or from a salvage yard that was original. I really fail to see that point. Man, my throttle cable wasn't original, nor were the headlamps, etc. etc.
I do find a car in it's true 100% unaltered fully original condition, including the friggin lightbubls, spark plugs, in showroom condition, with not even a thousand miles on it some thing insanely interesting and something that would deserve protection and attention - but in the end, it's an object that needs to be used to be fully appreciated - that's what it's for.
so quite frankly, it's not that broken cables, faulty mechanics etc. really bother me, and that i'm bothered with fixing this with repro parts, it's just sad that through so many, many many years (we're taling 46 years here) there's a sudden halt to the originality of it.
That being said, though there is no indication the car ever has been repainted - as far as everything suggests this had it's fully original color, it even had the stickers still present (like spare tire sticker, etc.). That doesn't neccesarily mean that it hasn't had it's share of replacement materials. tires, brakes, battery, throttle cable, gaskets, (head)lights, floormats, steering wheel, seatbelts, etc. have been 100% replaced in it's almost half-a-century lifespan. and let's be glad that happened. seats are absolutely correct with the factory delivery, not just the rear ones, also the front ones, but whether those ARE the very examples, is a question i have not an answer to, nor do i actually find it bothersome if it wasn't. Stuff that does 'irk' me are things like 1979 seats in a 1970 bird for example though.
but hey, these cars mostly shifted owners somewhere between the 80s and 90s when they became dirt cheap, and people - regretfully but in their darn right - did endless things to it. it is only of recent that fondness has grown over originality and unmolested beauty.
Still, i find it tragic. but hey. it is what it is.
Dumpster sounds so much more classy. It's the diamond of the cesspools.