How does that affect your mindset today? We all come from different places, different cultures. Each region has it's influences, nuances and styles. Personally I'm Southern. If there is a "Southern Style", personally I think it's conservative and does not stray too awful far from stock. For instance.....In my background we really did not build cars per say, rather we made them Right. This might include a simple tune up...a engine swap...suspension tweak but we made improvements to "the car" rather than building "a car". My grandfather was a mechanic for a time. He raced some in Birmingham, built two Jalopy Racers, Copacetic I and Copacetic II. I was # 59 (50 Ford Sedan)and II was 111(46 Pontiac Coupe Chevy 6 powered). The 46 Pontiac was crowd favorite, they called the.... Triple One. These were just Jalopy Racers. My Grandfather also did some work on Whiskey cars. The bootlegger always paid in cash. That was a rarity in the 50s. Many folks who needed work done, did so on credit and tried to pay with stuff like eggs and garden vegetables. Some never paid. That's another thing....money was in short supply. Things were tight. Old cars were not built as a hobby. They were built to get to work. In Chassis rebuilds, engine or transmission swaps, major work...started on Friday...finished on Monday Morning. That was done or you were walking. With that said if you are doing the work, might as well improve it. Might as well soup it up. You might as well....make it right. This may explain why I tend to not stray too far from stock. I tend to want to soup up and get the best out of an old car before.....upgrading. What car culture do you come from?