Ugly and fast or pretty and slow?

Caboose302

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Been gone a while and when I finally got back home I sat and just looked at my car a while and I'm really tired of the horrible paint on it. So I decided to start saving for my next big purchase which I had thought about repainting it. Problem is, right before I left I had a tuner that didn't have his head up his ass go over it and fix all the stuff the other guy messed up. Runs and even sounds like a different car now but it still only put down 250 rwhp and 301 lbft of rwtq. After talking to him for a while going over all the parts I have on the car I told him about the pistons being dished. Apparently it has some pretty deep dished pistons and it was really built for boost so my compression (or lack thereof) is the reason my numbers are down. He said I should just throw a blower on it and call it a day.
I have three really big things I want to do, in no particular order:

PAINT
IRS SWAP
BOOST

Should I have a pretty but slow car or a fast but ugly car? It can't really be a "sleeper" since it's a lowered Orange Mustang. Kinda sticks out already.
 

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Ya paint it. That will be my next thing once i get it where It runs and drives.

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another vote for pretty and slow. You gotta want to drive it first. and who wants to drive an ugly car. Unless it's like the dung beetle.
 

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My personal opinion, faster is better than slower and you'll enjoy the car even more. When I take my car out, it's more about my driving experience than anything else. But in the end, you have to pay the bills, so which ever itch is bigger scratch that one first.

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Honestly,you will probably do both in time, just depends on your preference. I'd go fast, then looks of it were my car. Or you could go "all or nothing" and take that money to the casino lol (don't do that)
 

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If you enjoy the race track, mod it first. If you enjoy car shows, go for the looks.

Honestly, if it were me, I would grab a set of correct pistons and get your 50+ HP back. That can be done on the cheap, then focus on the looks. Because if you go the FI route, that block will be a ticking timebomb.
 

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Paint, boost, then IRS.

Like everyone said, you'll enjoy driving the car if it looks good. Also, I don't know what you plan to do with the car but do you need 400hp at this point? Or can it wait?
 
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Boost can wait. I'd like to take it to the track at some point before I put an IRS in but right now it's just too slow. The only reason I was considering boost first is its cheaper. There are some bondo issues I have to address when it gets repainted and who knows how much that will add up to. I want a new hood to replace my knockoff and I need to get the trunk media blasted to get all the plastidip off. All that adds up quick.
Also my short block is a fully forged assembly from DSS with around 14k miles on it so I'm really not too worried about grenading it just yet, especially with a conservative tune and 8-10 psi.
 

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Some people don't have a choice.

Rather have a slower, better looking, cleaner, better handling, overall better car minus the fast part.

Not that i never want my car to be fast, but remember there is always somebody faster.
 

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thumbs up and panties drop all day ooooorrrrrr speeding tickets and court dates :p
 

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Agreed. It also depends on what you are going to do with it. If it's a daily driver, grocery-getter, then slow and pretty is okay. I would recommend NOT doing slow and pretty plus exhaust. Because then it will sound fast. And at this point, you might as well put a fart cannon on it, camber the wheels out, and add some tow hooks. Slow and pretty is only okay if it's clear that it's slow and pretty. Otherwise, it's just another poser.

I don't know. For me, there's a LOT of slow and pretty cars out there. Fast and ugly will stand out more (maybe for the wrong reasons, but it will still stand out).

I think this, while certainly extreme, is pretty damn cool (certainly ugly, and pretty damn fast):

[video=youtube;ZcjpXbMiCtg]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcjpXbMiCtg&list=PLFl3oCtWFC-FCml9_yP0YWFUBEuzVnS1M&index=1[/video]


So really it comes down to what do you enjoy about your car? If it's looking good, then slow and pretty. And if it's the driving experience, fast and ugly. Or maybe split the difference, and do sort pretty and sorta fast?
 

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My vote goes to fast and ugly. But like said above its all about how you as the owner plan on using the car. If your a stance and show kinda guy who cruses around then my vote goes to slow and pretty.
If you use the power then my vote goes to performance over all other.

Another option is fast and CHEAP paint job/or wrap. You would have a minimum of 6 months to a year to save for good paint with the cheap paint job option, wraps are close to the same cost and they come out just as nice as a custom paint job.
 

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Agreed. It also depends on what you are going to do with it. If it's a daily driver, grocery-getter, then slow and pretty is okay. I would recommend NOT doing slow and pretty plus exhaust. Because then it will sound fast. And at this point, you might as well put a fart cannon on it, camber the wheels out, and add some tow hooks. Slow and pretty is only okay if it's clear that it's slow and pretty. Otherwise, it's just another poser.

I don't know. For me, there's a LOT of slow and pretty cars out there. Fast and ugly will stand out more (maybe for the wrong reasons, but it will still stand out).

I think this, while certainly extreme, is pretty damn cool (certainly ugly, and pretty damn fast):

[video=youtube;ZcjpXbMiCtg]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcjpXbMiCtg&list=PLFl3oCtWFC-FCml9_yP0YWFUBEuzVnS1M&index=1[/video]


So really it comes down to what do you enjoy about your car? If it's looking good, then slow and pretty. And if it's the driving experience, fast and ugly. Or maybe split the difference, and do sort pretty and sorta fast?

Seen this video before, perfect example of performance over looks, when it hits the road it takes on a sinister aura huge credit going to that monsters soul under the hood
 

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