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Okay, before you all start to get the wood together for the traditional burning, I've had my shadow for a good few years now and I simply don't want to part with it. I've got another roller so I rarely use her but I want to...

As in Houston there is pretty much absolutely no point in owning a sportscar (crap driving/ pot holes/ etc.) and the modding scene is huge here, I'm seriously thinking of rodding my old(er) rolls. I don't mean something hideous but nice wheels, good paint job (one colour, no flames!), newly trimmed interior, etc. annnnnd a new crate engine/ gearbox. The current engine is the original 30 year old unit and so drowned in ancilliaries I want to get back to a simple engine and cut down on a lot of extraneous 'stuff'. The hydraulic suspension will also have to go.

My question is this: does anyone have some information on the chassis? Is it a separate unit or unibody (I think its unibody). If its a ladder chassis I'm wandering whether I could buy a running rod chassis (they're easily bought here) with say a 454 CU Chevy and (providing the wheelbase and track fit) swap one for the other.

Anyone know of anyone else having done this before? My 'model' for what I'm thinking of is my old truck I owned for a while (1972 body on a rod chassis, 489 cu engine smile ) and the chevy bel airs restoro-mods I seem to see everywhere.

Like I say, I don't want to produce something hideous but a restoro-mod that looks stunning (as shadows always do) and sounds like thunder.
 

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Go for it. No point spending $50,000 to restore a car you can only sell for $30000. Do it in good taste and enjoy the ride. I had the same problem with RR enthusiasts when I started putting a 5 L Ford engine into my 57 cloud. They wanted to burn me at the stake.
It is a unibody with front and rear frame members that can be removed. You have to step back a model and use a Cloud if you want a separate chassis.
 

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I'm really not a fan of the heavily modified RRs. I think it cheapens the car and the brand and makes a mockery of what was a beautifully refined machine. It should be restored to original or near original. I don't mind resto-mods, but I only like when they are minor upgrades that are virtually unnoticeable to the untrained eye, such as wiring/electrics, brakes, minor engine upgrades, etc.
Just my opinion, but if you go ahead with it, good luck anyways.
 

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You may consider it cheapening the car but in reality the fate of this car would be scrap yard. That would really cheapen it. If you have a lot of money to take it back to original and not worry about exceding resale value then enjoy your ride. Not all of us are in that catagory. We do what we can to keep our machines running. Often on limited finances.
 
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