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Microsquirt with a factory converter will save you many headaches.

Learn about it. Then get on the dedicated mega/microsquirt forums and learn more. There is a wealth of info out.

A manual valvebody gets old fast. That and you will be more abusive with your up/down shifts with a manual valvebody lessening transmission longevity.
If you want to run a truck in a derby or offroad then a manual control is not that hard to make work. But in something you frequently drive you will be wishing it shifted on its own or you just had a manual.
 

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Get the thing put together with mostly stock parts. Then once you have a baseline to work from you can tune and modify it from there.

Using things that allow for tuning and adjusting (like a microsquirt 4l80e controller) will let you have less parts in the for sale pile and more under the hood.

Lots if projects die because people try to get it perfect out the gate. Life happens then they have a pile of shiny parts sitting somewhere that they loose money on when they sell those performance things to me for 1/2 the price.

A cam for a 383 I want to cruise in? An RV cam is a good choice out the gate.
Leave the 4l80e alone(if it shifts good now) you can control/tune it with the microsquirt. Do some research. It is one of those things you will talk crap about if you never ran one(correctly). But once you get over the slight learning bump has potential to make that 4l80e work just how you need.

Once you have the thing moving if you want to change things you won't be guessing. You will KNOW you can run a bit more cam, bit more rear end ratio, maybe even change the converter.

Just get the wheels rolling.
 

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The other helpful place for a street machine with a big cam demanding a high idle speed a little extra converter slip makes sitting out a traffic light a little easier on your left leg an foot as it’s not trying to drag you through the stop as a standard stall converter will want to do.

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Just pop it into Netural at those long lights.
 
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