If lack of mods is a sign of being an old coot, then I'm most certainly guilty as charged.
Bought my '06 GT, five speed Labor Day of 2006. It now has 56,000 miles and is still stone stock.
I do understand DC's comment about building a car piece by piece. In my younger years I built three cars from a frame on saw horses UP. I modified numerous other cars sort of one piece at a time.
It is indeed a different world today when it comes to twisting those real wheels harder.
BTW, I'll turn 65 in May.
Have a Great Day,