Not at all! It's great to see interest for restoration. Car shows would be extremely boring if only late model new cars where shown.
Anyone can buy a new car, keep it in a garage, drive it on sunny days to shows and win trophies. To me, the person that has a true "driver" and uses it as such, and shows it, or someone who takes an older vehicle, does work to it (any level of restoration) and shows it, earns my respect.
It's just the level of the restoration that adds to the money equasion.
My father in law bought a 68 Torino GT to grab the 428 SCJ it had. He had this engine in a 76 Ford F150, and that engine was getting "tired" as he put it. My father in law used to race dirt track back in the 50's up in Wisconsin (to set the stage on my dad in law). Anyhow, he bought this Torino, and began to investigate the car. He found out that only 50 Torino's came from the Ford factory with a 428 SCJ engine; Caroll Shelby threatened Ford that he would pull his name (and plug) from the Shelby Mustang if Ford used the 428 SCJ in anything but the Mustang. Ford stopped the 428 SCJ Torino (replaced it with the 429), but 50 had been produced and sold.
So, dad in law spent the next 10 years restoring this Torino. I spent a lot of time helping, scowering junk yards collecting nuts and bolts, because even they had to be correct Ford issue for my dad in law. Car was completed in 2001. Unfortunately, both my mother in law and father in law died of cancer within a year of each other in 2002. Both were heavy smokers.
The sad part is the car got sold in the estate auction; I have no idea where it is. I think it's in North Carolina. I don't have the VIN to trace. And sadly, I have no pics of the car during or after it's frame up restoration.
It's a red 68 Torino GT 428 SCJ with factory A/C and smog air pump. Very rare, suposidly only 8 were known to still be in existance.
It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.