I think the issue here is that this article is entitled "5 must-have mods for your vintage vehicle". The anger and vengeance is directed at the implied notion that you're a fool for not putting fuel injection and electronic ignition and disc brakes on every vintage car that ever passes through your possession.
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I was massively dissapointed by this article. It advocates taking parts of the original *systems* and replacing them with totally inappropriate modern equivalents. Fuel injection will give you a little better fuel economy, a little more power, and a lot less of the authentic experience of owning and maintaining and driving a classic car. If you have what are nowadays thought of as inadequate brakes, learn how to drive safely with them, rather than upgrade them (and, as many have pointed out, risk damage to other parts of the car, which was never designed to take the increased torque). As several have said, if you want a modern car, *get* one. If you don't know what to do with carburetters or points ignition, either find a mechanic who does (not always impossible) or *learn*. Working on old cars is part of the joy of owning them. And, for the most part, the original systems worked just fine in their day, and if they have limitations, learning to handle them is part of the joy of driving them. I don't see why one would want to kill the satisfaction of knowing that *all* of the car is functioning. What I *expected* to see, and would strongly advocate: 1) Seat belts. Others have advocated for these as well. 2) Safety glass. 3) If it can be accomplished, dashboard padding. 4) If appropriate and available, radial tyres. 5) If possible, impact-absorbing bumpers. (I honestly don't know how realistic this is, but someone should start making them if they're not available already.) See where I'm going with this? If you drive a classic, you don't want to die in it, and you don't want to kill anyone else with it. Safety glass isn't a visible alteration, but will make a big difference if your head is thrown into it. Seat belts may look out of place, but again, you'll thank yourself for installing them if you ever are unfortunate enough to need them. Note that the rest of my list has a lot of "ifs" -- these may not be possible. But I would argue that any one of my suggested modifications is more important than all of Kyle's put together. Another of the joys of driving an old car is *knowing how to drive it well*. In some cases (say, the Corvair, a few of which I have owned and loved): classics handle very differently from their modern equivalents by their very nature. I saw Ralph Nader give a talk at a Corvair convention (!!), and one of his points was that the Corvair was sold as an average economy car, not something for enthusiasts to learn how to handle effectively. Whether or not that was a smart move on Chevy's part at the time, I argue that it's precisely correct now. Learn how to make do with -- and take advantage of -- what your car has on offer, and it'll do well by you.
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