So after three years of searching, I found a one owner 73 LT / 350 / 4 speed. I’m planning on keeping this car for life. It’s the original L-65 and transmission, smogged, 2 barrel Rochester with a point distributor. Its running rough, but the manual front disk brakes are solid, its not pulling or shaking, its driving well on the freeway. The 4speed is tight. No rust, 1 respray, 80’s redone interior. 5 year Goal: Frame on refresh and restoration. Drive it May – October. Re-establish stock interior, enhance exterior appearances. Rebuild or replace engine, redo the suspension, brakes, rear end, wheels and tires, clean and minimize the engine bay The most important question. What would you do? It’s the original engine and transmission! Do I keep the original L-65 350 (no idea if it’s a 4 bolt main) and rebuild it? I don’t feel good about taking one more “survivor” off the road, but I don’t think I’ll be happy with end result in performance of a worked L-65. There is no way I’m keeping the smog gear on it. If I rebuild it, keep the stock heads, bring up compression, cam it, find the right vintage intake, add a FiTech EFI, headers, all under a stock hood. What is my max? 375hp/425tq? It’s not like I’m protecting value at this point, its an LT / L-65! But…it’s a 100% complete car and that's something. Here is what I’m thinking: Step One: Lets get it drivable for this summer, but not tear it apart yet! I plan on PAYING for this work: - HEI Distributor swap - Holly 670cm / electric choke - Performer Intake (needs to fit under stock hood) - Cut air tubes and plug the existing exhaust manifold - Remove emissions (not required in OR for 73) air pump, charcoal canister, etc - Yes, I’m keeping all the original components. What else would you do to improve; idol, starting, and general drivability, basic power? Step Two: Fix the old leaky parts! Here’s where I get dirty. - Get it up on stands - Pull radiator and grill - Clean that engine bay! - Replace: :fuel pump, alternator, water pump, steering pump, radiator, electronic fan upgrade - New manual master with proportioning valve. - Aesthetically clean and rework engine bay. - Fix what ever breaks If I can get that much done over the next two years I’ll be happy. Any advice is much needed. It’s been 17 years since I’ve owned a vintage Chevy. I’m excited to be back in the hobby and don’t want to make common mistakes. I’m searching these forums everyday, and I greatly appreciate the knowledge contained here.