This is a bit of a read, but I felt like writing about my thoughts and possibly receiving some input. THE FACTS: I own a 1964 Ford F100. It's an antique vehicle; ALL ORIGINAL in very decent condition. I've been working on and driving it for about a year now since my dad pulled it out of storage; it has been in the family for a couple decades. The truck is my first vehicle, and so far it has been loads of fun to work on and drive. THE ASPIRATION: Naturally, as with anything, I have big plans for the truck. I've seen some of the spectacular vehicles that people have built with the help of imagination, creativity, sense of design, and fabrication skills. From experiencing this I have developed a few of my own ideas of how I would like to build my truck. Some of these ideas include physically modifying different aspects of the frame, suspension, body, etc. etc. (You know what I'm talking about; lowering, frame notching, chopping, anything that has to do with cutting up and reengineering parts of the vehicle as to make it no longer STOCK or ORIGINAL.) THE HINDRANCE: If I were to follow through with my ideas and how I would truly like to build the truck, wouldn't the monetary value of it decrease substantially? I mean, aren't unmolested original vehicles much more desirable, and if the time came that I wished to sell the truck, I could get a much better deal for it? THE CONDITIONS: The truck is in very good condition, as it had been stored in a temp.-controlled warehouse for a couple decades. It was originally a Texas truck, and therefore has no rust, besides the general overall light layer of surface rust. The body is all straight except for the entire front end (including the grille, valence panel, hood, radiator support, and left front fender). Apparently someone had hit a pole pretty hard and banged it in pretty good. Luckily nothing was bent/broken past the radiator support, even the original radiator wasn't harmed. Also, the truck still carries its original coat of Academy Blue paint. Since I first began working on it, and bringing it back to its glory, I have occasionally on the way made some non-destructive upgrades and modifications. For example, I replaced the entire exhaust system from the heads back to rid the truck of the previous hideous manifold crossover design (which restricted the engine tremendously). Another example would be exchanging the oil bath air filter for a more modern paper element filter. Although these are but little things here and there simply for the sake of improving the truck for the modern road, I have made it a point to keep all the original parts that I removed stored away, so that if I ever desired to sell the truck, I could possibly also send all the original parts along with it. I would think that including any original parts with an antique vehicle would increase its value enormously. _____ However, if I were to notch the frame in order to lower the truck some, for example, this would be destructive to the original physical form of the vehicle, as well as its resale value. Maybe I am just too caught up in the notion that original antique vehicles can call for a much higher price come selling time than a vehicle which has been hacked up and altered in every which way. Here are a few pictures of the truck: (obviously the front bumper was replaced after the crash, and someone had attempted to pull the grille out some, but besides that, most of the front metal has been bent up pretty good) So, to sum it all up, this is my query: Should I keep my truck original or should I build what I desire? What sort of decrease in value can I expect if I destructively modify various aspects of the truck (by the word 'destructive' I mean for the most part physical one-way alteration)? It's obvious that the truck is no where near concours condition, or even pretty nice, straight condition, but it is all original. I'm just not sure which path I would like to take. If you have any input or advice, please share! Thanks for reading.