This weekend the wife and I were walking around the Stray Kat 500 looking at all the great cars and the wife posed a question that sort of stumped me. She has been around pre-48 hot rods for 30+ years so she gets them, but customs are new to both of us. She asked what the rules were for a Traditional Custom? She asked "Do things have to be changed so drastically that it doesn't resemble a stock car?" Or can you just add bolt on stuff? Her view for someone that has never been around a custom is pretty dang good. She said " My take is it should be elegant, look like the mods were intended to be on there. Not an afterthought. I don't like things that look like they are hanging on like a tick." I think that is pretty spot on. I told her there are no rules , to speak of, but some things should be avoided. For instance adding a pool table to the back of a Corvette. To each his own, but my tastes run along the more conservative vein, but I appreciate the effort it takes to complete such a task. I ask guys like Jeff Meyers, Jimmy Spears and Sancho a lot of dumb questions, but I think that if we want customs to continue, the knowledge needs to be handed down. We are still chugging along on her 55, but it's probably a good thing that I am slow. It gives us time to develop our own style in the process.