But if the bird had front and rear damage first, then '49 Ford it?
Looks bad in picture=true. But if it's the only way to put it back on the road, then section the bottom of the fiberglass front and rear to trim 3" out of it (make it thinner), then use SC sideskirts,then make a lower side window filler piece that goes all the way back to end of roof, and , you will have something *****en that started as a '93 5.0 $500 wreck ( or not).
Well right now, it's a "limited time offer", the basic kit is a $1000 off which brings the cost down to $2,995.00
If you can't put the front and rear of a wrecked '93 5.0 back together with 3K worth of salvage yard and/or aftermarket parts it might be a good idea to think about parting it out or scraping the car (or not wasting $500 on it to start with) and spending the money and your time on something else...
imo the easyrod kits look like crap and no amount of sectioning will "fix it".
Even if you like them your going to end up with a $3500+ car that still needs assembly, customizing and paint. Is an easyrod worth that to you or would you rather be toying with something else for that kind of cash and effort?
The very first EZ Rod was kind of cool because it was a fresh idea when the MN12 was new, and it was something no one had ever done before. But once it became a bolt-on kit with so-so results from amateur installers, it went downhill pretty fast. I'd say $3k is too much to spend on the conversion. Why spend $3k to fix a $500 car anyway?
Did I mention the 3K doesn't even get you the headlights, tail lights, one of their grills and bumper sets, correct period rims, etc...
You know all those little "optional"(?) things you'll need to complete the car. You could easily spend another 1K or more on all the unique little bling items to finish it out to be your own little custom thing...
So $4500 plus paint for what is going to look like a bastardized 90's car trying to be a 40's hotrod?
imo the center section of the MN12 is never going to look like a 40's hotrod that ties the front and rear together. It's obviously still a 90's Cougar / Tbird... I just don't like retro hotrod kits that are obviously layered onto a late model car that you can still recognize.
If half the people who see it are going to say "look at that Tbird!" (or Cougar) by name then somethings very wrong, what's the point.
You are all right, too much money for the conversion as offered. If the whole package was $3.5k with nothing else required, then it would be workable. I think they will be out of business soon then. But, if another company does a splash off their stuff and sells it for less, they'll show up at shows again. Try glass grills and bumpers painted that new metal-look silver ( shown at SEMA) and then it be cool?
Time will tell. Remember , I do agree that the current version is an ugly mix.