I need some recomendations on what I should, or should not do to my 69 std. I had the car looked at by a mechanic who restores muscle cars as a hobby himself. The car is vey clean and very original. He was excited to see such an old car so clean and so original. The car still has the original factory brake lines......hard as a rock now, original suspension still tight, suspension bushings original, dry rotted and going to be changed, original engine hood pad in great condition. These are things I did not even take note of when purchasing the car. He recomended taking pictures of every inch of the car before changing anything to document it. My plan for the car was to use this car to learn, I found a 69 std 351..... nothing rare I thought, and planned on using the car as I got the money to change the suspension, change the brakes to all disks, modify the engine use this car as an introduction into the hobby by learning by experiance. He recomended against this and said the car was worth more if kept as is because it was so original. His opinion on the car was that I could put the car on e-bay as is and get a big profit out of the car, (not going to sell her just yet I love the car, and did not buy her for the profit) or put a paint job on the car and have a car worth easily $20K (sound high to me for a 69 std 351) When I started looking for my car I saw alot of really nice cougars out there for $12K-$15K That had been modified and looked great. Does putting money into these cars and modifying them actually make them worth less money. I want to improve the car and learn the hobby, but not if it is going to actually make the car worth less eventually. So my question, because every post need a question. Do I modify and enjoy the car, or keep the car original, and go find a piece of junk in need of help and modify that. I feel an addiction coming on I have the car 6 weeks and am already considering getting a second one! Any recomendations?