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Old 09-19-2008, 02:48 AM
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Last 2 posters JDBrown and Ckucia are dead right on... These guys have taken the time out to steer you in the right direction... The opinions expressed are possibly not the glamorous ones that you might want to start with, but, they are correct... Whatever you do decide on, do it with a safe practical usable rpm range always in the back of your mind... Have Fun!

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I definatly will take what JDBrown and Ckucia said to heart. I will slowly do this in chunks over the next year or two. Starting with beefing up the body, brakes and suspention. This is my only car, so I will probably do in in weekend projects (I am a college student and have three day weekends) getting step by step closer to what I want. My end goal is to have a BBC in there like in Techinspector1's "option 4".

I am going to a small local hotrod /restored classics show next weekend so I will look and ask what other guys have done to strenthen up thier unibody cars.

What do you guys run for brakes on your hotrods? Are you all using four wheel disk brakes or are any of you using the stock front disk /rear drum setup?
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i know what u mean on the whole workin on a project while in college...

and just like the others said, take ur time with the project... i started a 82 s10 w/ a 350 swap, i bot it my first 2 wks of college and i was puttin time and money in everywk end...that lasted aobut 3 months, and then came to a screeching hault becuase i ran outa money, and as it stands now, i havnt touched it in almost a yr
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Sounds like fun, although I would keep the small block. I have seen lots of asskicking small blocks. Rebuilding one is pretty easy and no hastle, or you can buy already completely finished small blocks out of some hot rod magazines for only 3K and they are very nice. After that you still have bucks to spend on tires and rims if you want.
However if you want to do it yourself that is cool too. Go with whatever you want
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