Soooo.....I may have traded my 1940 Panel for the following...
1985 Trans Am
Same owner for last 16 years, completely restored from a bare shell, drive train done 3 years ago. 355, forged flat tops, zero decked, "pink" rods, arp throuout, have all receipts from machine shop, including ring end gaps, balance results, etc etc. Comp 262 cam, roller tip rockers, ported 920 heads, performer intake with new Qjet, new HEI, msd wires, mid length headers, 2.5" y-pipe to single 3" to a raven muffler. Elec fan, alum Rad, etc etc, 700r4 with vette converter. Built by local 700-200r4 guru, with receipts, I know the builder personally and he swears it will live behind anything up to app450# of torque without an issue. 1le alum driveshaft, Bw 9 bolt rear, initially thought it was a 323, now know its a 342 gear. Custom welded in frame connecters, boxed everything, energy suspension bushings everywhere, koni struts, eibach springs, interior is new, from carpet to headliner, he went so far as to change every bulb in the dash to blue as he didn't like the Pontiac red. The current, well previous owner is upfront, and just a super guy. He knows the amount of work my truck requires, from re-engineering the rear suspension, to rewiring the entire truck, to paint etc etc. I didn't hide anything at all. But he races vintage boats, and wants to build it into a tow-hauler to pull them with.
plans are to install my pro-filer heads, rpm intake, Holley 750dp, I am swapping my 292s for an xe274 and installing that with 1.6,rockers.
going to take half a coil outnofnthe front springs to drop it just a touch more.
Then love it or hate it, I'm going to have all the second Gen bandit trans am stickers made up in matte black and layed out. Will likely sell the roh's on the car now and pick up the year one 17" snow flakes with black inlay. That's about it, oh and it has tunes, lots of loud clear tunes lol.
The car, the paint, the motor, it all looks like it rolled out of a showroom yesterday. I'm amazed. The appraisal for 17500 from a local well know company also feels kinda nice, not that its relivant for anything.
So here it is....from a vette pulled out of a field, with less then 3g's wrapped up in it, to the panel, to this, with zero cash outlay, in under 12months, I'm pretty happy. The pics are before the springs were installed, sits nicer now, and they really don't do it justice, its gorgeous in person.