Looking for a TON of input on the PRO's and CON's of Starting up a custom/hotrod/speed/machine shop in this day and age. I've just been hit by the recession with restructoring taking place at my "former" employer...and now I'm out the door. With 30+ years experience with working/wrenching on "non-production" vehicles such as race cars, hotrods, muscle cars....ect.. as well as multitude of years as a machinest in a engineering shop making prototype equipment...I feel the time has come to control my own future instead of someone else pulling me around like a puppet. I fully understand "business" and what needs to be done in the "office" as well as the hours in the "office" that are required. My main concern right now is NOT the economy..that will come back around in a few years...can tighten my belt...but wondering if there is need for a "traditional" custom/hotrod/speed/machine shop? Would there be better means of success with a shop that deals with more modern muscle?? (like the new MUSTANGS, CHALLENGER, VETTES, CAMARO...ect) My gut feeling would be to go with a more MODERN MUSCLE type shop...but my HEART is in the vintage tin. Do you go into business with what is near and dear to your heart or bite your tounge and go where you feel more $$ can be made? This decision has been tearing me left and right...while I enjoy older era cars the most..I do like the reintroduction of some old muscle. I could always go both ways and that has also been in the back of my mind..but have always like to specialize and not be so widespread. Any input good or bad is appreciated! Thanks for your time.