Good Morning folks! My name is Tim, I live in Arcadia OK. I'm an old Jarhead who now makes his living running a structural repair station for corporate aircraft. So - last week this 90 yr old friend of mine calls me up and says he heard I was lookin for a coupe. I went to his place - looked it over - when it started and ran - I whooped out the checkbook and drug it home. She's not my first hot rod but she is my first vintage flathead car - So - my knowledge is limited on this species and I think with some input from all the collective wisdom here - I should be good to go. What I know abt the car: Not much, when sold new, it was some sort of silver-ish color. It was painted black fairly soon and then "rodded". It has the original v8 flatty, edelbrock heads, an Edmunds 2x2 with 2 Holley 2bbls. a really cool vacuum "wolf whistle" horn and the 3 spd has been moved to the floor and allegedly has "Lincoln" gears in it. (Could have Jefferson gears in it for all I know - still a newb on the old V8 stuff) Been converted to 12v. everything else is stock as sold new. When I came to get the car, my friend had a large envelope and also some large b/w photos of the car taken by some dude named Timothy White- (allegedly famous but we aint heard of him here in Oklahoma yet...still tryin to get over JR from Dallas gettin shot) who had a car photography showing in 2005 at the Peterson Automobile Museum in L.A. back in 2005. this car was on the invitations ( I got one of those too) and the pics I received were the actual ones hanging there - as I am told. she's basically a time capsule from someone modifying it in the very early 50s and I wish to leave it somewhat "as is" plus some of my own things I'd like to do - hopefully this doesn't equate to desecration by definition of some Ford freak who will spit on me/it etc... ha! It needs love - lots of it... it runs - i drove it quite a bit this last weekend. it has some rot... paint is well seasoned to say the least. interior upholstery is fragile and the exhaust system is pretty damn crappy! I plan on pulling the motor and trans - do a rebuild - paint the block as spec'd by Ford - shine up all the stuff that should be - do some panel swappin, replate or replace bumpers - redo the original interior to original.. respray the black... blast & powdercoat the frame - drop the original axle and lower the back a bit. Add radials... and probably discs to the front - leaving as much original suspension or original replacement parts as needed. not gonna add a stereo - no fuel cells - none of that stuff... - just try and get it back to 195? when it was shiny and safe. I would like to fix the original 2 bar radio ( insert who does that please!!!) new wiring, an alternator, some lap belts and I should be happy. So... educate me or send me money ( either is fine!)- try not to beat up on me too much or I'll just get that much more stubborn in making it all happen. Thanks in advance for the help.