I lurk more than I post, but I have always been amused that the two most common posts on this board are either "you're doing it wrong! (not traditional)" or "build it the way YOU like it!" It's well known in the larger collector car circles that the "hot trends" map to the cars that people of a certain age (i.e. with the means) to buy the car they wanted when they are young but couldn't afford then. The recent flourish of traditional rods goes against that trend, which I think is good, and hopefully will lead to appreciating the wide variety of rods, customs (and cars) not just "what is trendy" If I built the cars I drooled over in Hot Rod Magazine as a youth, it would be a wildly painted van or a VW. Maybe a V8 Vega. I was resto-mod before there was a name for it. I've done projects in various other themes. I appreciate cars done in a consistent style, but for the most part what catches my interest is my particular tastes, neither right nor wrong, but they are all mine. I can't afford a giant garage with all the cars I want and I like to drive them so safety concessions to modern technology are perfectly fine to me. Even though it means my cars might never get invited to Pebble Beach... One of the best thing I like about this place, the people and the cars, is the legitimacy to the history of modified 'hot rods'. Concours factory original cars have always been preserved and appreciated, we are now seeing some of that same preservation and respect for modified cars. That's awesome. --steve p.s. does anybody know a good supplier for crushed velvet?