you know? i wonder if this is like Z 28's? i heard somebody on t.v. the other day, say there is 40,000 more 1969 Z 28's on the road than were made, and eveytime i go to a car show, i see dozens of 409 cars. i don't even remember seeing a 409, car as a kid, but somehow they are eveywhere around here. some say 80% of the g.t.o.'s on the street are clones...
Possible, but not likely. I see VERY few 409/348 "W" motors out here. Even going to the Pomona Swap meet or Super Chevy Shows...a rare sight. Try to build one? Quite the chore. Blocks are hard to come by and expensive. Other engine parts, same deal. And when you can build a more modern more powerful motor for less...who needs the hassle?
Z/28s? No doubt...at least to look at them. But how many actual facory 302 motored Zs do you see? How many Zs that conveniently have Auto Trans, or air conditioning? NOT a "real" Z/28. GTOs? Put a hood and change the taillights, and a LeMans/Tempest pretty much "looks" like a GTO...but it's not. Needs the 389/400/455 motor from the factory to be "real". Brings us back to the "cloned" Chevelle thing all over again. A hood, some badges, and a motor is all that seperates "real" from cool but "wannabe". No doubt "built" cars can look at least as good, and perform at least as well, and make the owner very happy, but a real Z/16 or real Z/28, or real LS6 is valuable not only for what it was but also by the sheer fact that it still exists without being "hot rodded" by someone who thought their idea of cool was more valuable than the heritage of the genuine article.
That being said, I have NO interest in original Model Ts but when Mike and the boys on American Hot Rod found a carefully restored/detailed green Model T Pickup and promptly tore it apart and changed out the diff, the brakes, the motor...EVERYTHING! Well it just killed me. Take a ratty one and do what you want but by this point let the survivors alone. Reminds me about 10 years ago I listened to a man who played piano in speakeasies as a teenager. I'd heard younger musicians play the music before, but this guy played it with a differnent feel...probably an "original" feel...the same but somehow with more "heart", less technique. You can't learn that, can't build it, you have to have lived it. Just an opinion, and noone's gonna die because someone built a hot rod.