Cone of silence? Okay...I give up...what is it?
I understand what you mean about modifying the car. My Trans Am is a WS6 convetible with every option available (I think). While researching the car, I found that they made only 463 of these...so it is in "rare" territory, just not as desireable as a first gen. I am sure your SS and my WS6 are similar to a 69 copo or Z/28 with crossram and will someday be sought after cars. That is one of the reasons I am using the parts from an LS1...it will still look completely factory. The car, like your SS, is completely unmolested and I want to keep it that way. But the brakes really did suck and I wanted to do something. I have kept the LT1 brakes complete on the spindle and with the removal of three bolts it can be put back if someone wants. I am not sure if I will keep the car until it becomes a rarity, but it is not our daily driver, is my wife's toy, and for what I can sell it for, it's not worth it and I might as well keep it. Not sure how you insure your car, but Classic Collectors, the insurance company for my 69, insured my 97 as a collector as well. The insurance is only $150 a year. They required the car be at least 10 years old and less than 3K a year mileage. So insurance is not prohibitive. Who knows, maybe one day when you and I are old and gray, young punks will knock on our doors trying to buy our "RARE" 4th gens.