Buying parts that are for sale.
you need to try to avoid falling into the trap of collecting a bunch of stuff because it is easy or avaiable
and then adjusting your plan to suite the the parts.
You will end up with a much better result for the money spent by developing a good build plan
and then buy the parts that fit the plan. Even if that means waiting.
The local used-for sale Kijiji/craigslist part that does not fit your plan is not a good deal.
EG: buying a 3000 stall converter because it was for sale, even thou you wanted a more radical motor ( big cam duration/tunnel ram) that needs a converter with a higher stall.
Same with gears. Same with cylinder heads.
If you want a 500hp performance result, don't buy 325HP parts.
You need to define your performance goals better, before buying parts.
One of the benefits of the long cold snowy Ottawa winter is you got lots of time to create a good plan.
A good Hot Rod build aways needs a good plan.