Re: Tell me, is it true..
No problem. I have known folks who will scrounge, piece together, and/or fabricate what they need for a project. Unfortunately I do not have the skills, knowledge, or time to do that. I truly wish I did, because I think it is impressive that folks can do that. To me that is true hot rodding and a demonstration of the American spirit.
Then you have folks like me, who can do a lot of the remove and replace work, but don't trust their engineering or knowlege skills to make something like a brake mod work. This is another part of the hobby and one that makes vendors stay in business. Yes $100 or $200 is a chunk of change to me, but so is a bunch of hours scouring the pick a part yard or calling around. Call me lazy. In addition, I am in the military, so just when I get to know the good places to get parts or a machine shop, etc, I am being transferred.
I used to have a '58 Impala w/ a 348 in the '80s and it was very hard to get parts for that car. About 2-3 years after I sold that car, the aftermarket "discovered it" and started making all kinds of reproduction parts for it. So, I welcome owning a Camaro and the ability to buy most of the car off the shelf. Some folks will lament that is not true hot rodding, but does let a bunch a people into the hobby, that might otherwise stay on the sidelines.
Anyways, just a different philosophy.