Just my $.02 worth. Vintage, I agree with you to some degree. I am firm believer that if your money is investd you should make the decision. However, where I differ from you is the use of a forum.
I am not quite as young as many my fellow Mustang friends on this forum, nor am I the oldest. I am old enough to be old school. But I do like to post questions and comments to get other people's input. Using the stripes example, we all have our own ideas regarding stripes. Currently I do not have stripes on my car, yet I do want them. So I have come to this forum to get ideas, suggestions and comments. After talking to many of my friends here, I was able to determine what type of strieps I want and how I want them done. This forum showed my that vinyle strieps can be very impressive, but many people her on this forum have had issues with vinyle stripes that I simply did not know existed, for I have never used final stripes on any car.
After disovering the potential problems with vinyle stripes, I was convinced that painted stripes are the way to go. Yet, I rapidly discoverd the disadvantage of painted stripes...the cost. Now do not get me wrong, I spent a small fortune customizing my Stang, but I do have hard time justifying the large cost of one modification. So I have relied on my friends here to tell me their experiences and opinions. My goal is to make a winning car showing car. So I rely on the the experience of others to let me know how car shows respond to vinyle stripes versus painted stripes.
I have decided that I am going painted stripes. However, I have convertible and I personally feel the stripes going from end to end and up and over the top of a vert is a bit odd looking. So I wanted suggestions for other stripe possiblities. tThrough this forum and seeing pics of other Stangs, I have taken apsects that I liek from several sources and hence have come up with an idea I like. Yes, once done, I will post and get comments. I may post a photshop version first to make sure before I spend a small fortune on something permenant, that I am able to judge reaction to such. But in the end, I wil make my decision, with help from friends that have done something similar.
Another example you mentioned is color. Color is an insteresting concept. I personally have a black with red interior car. My first choice was to have a red with either black or red interior. Do not get me wrong, I love my black car, but have learned many things about a black show car from here. Currently, for the '07 models there is a new color called grabber orange. I personally think that color is extremely hot. I like it enough that I would have bought it had it been avbailable at the time I bought mine, or if I were to buy one today, I would buy it. But I found out by talking to friends here, that that color is a love or hate color. My friends and family here do not car for it at all. I still love it. I have a friend here on this forum, Grabber Orange, who has this color and still sends me compliments on my black car.
Finally, I remark on modifications in general. I post here to get opinions, suggestions and comments from others to find out about any modification. My latest modification is a new hood. I want to know from others what is expected from this hood. What can I expect ot encounter once this hood is installed. Whenever I do a mod, I ask who else has done this mod with this particular brand name. For example, ont he suspension kit. When I asked aobut that, I got an overwhelmiong support for Eibach springs. I ended up going with the Saleen kit (which is essentially Eiback springs), becasue it was the a full suspension with a brand name I knwo and trust. I knwo there are many people here who think I may have spent too much money for Saleen's name, and many think I should have gone with Tokico shocks. But I mad emy decison, and i am happy with it. I got the final results I was looking for.
So, I will end by saying, this forum is a fabulous source of information. I like getting comments, suggestions, opinions, and even compliments from my friends here. I like when people can tell me their expereinces with particular modifications, manufactures, and parts. I am not mechanically inclined, so I appreciate all the guys (and gals) you have given me tips in installation of items. To all my friends here, thank you and I look forward to showing you more of my ideas in order to get more of your comments (good and bad).
You all have a great day.