Hi all, I'm about to start on a long delayed build of my great grandfather's 1950 Fleetline Deluxe 2-dr. Looking for some advice/opinions here. At present the plan calls for: 1) Complete rebuild of front suspension 2) Disk brake conversion 3) Replace steering box with bolt on rack and pinion 4) Replace rear axle with Ford 9 or S-10 5) 4-link rear, weld in or bolt in, not decided yet 6) 12v conversion Undecided about: 1) Restore body or keep original patina under satin clear. Issue is great grandma couldn't pull out of the garage with banging into something with the rear wings. Both dented, bondoed, dented again etc. 2) Drivetrain. At present there is a nearly zero mile 216 in the car that I do not plan to use. In storage I have a 1953 235 fully rebuilt inside and out by Action Machine in Seattle. So, the question for drivetrain, mod the 235 with dual carbs/exhaust, electronic ignition etc or sell/trade for a comparable small block 8. What do you guys think? I plan to drive the car a fair bit including some semi long road trips. Auto or manual trans? Personally I like rowing gears so was leaning toward a T-5 5spd but then the convenience of the auto is appealing too. Thoughts? 3) Interior. Recover original seats or redo with buckets/console etc.? Plan to stay with stock dash configuration and gauges, refinish all surfaces and maybe rebuild gauge internals. At some point in the future I will consider going with an Art Morrison chassis and LS motor. If I do that I would like to have a really good rolling/running frame and drivetrain to pass on to someone else's project. For the moment that's about it, I'm looking for any and all thoughts and opinions about direction to take this build. Please, no "just build what you like" thoughts, I get that, but I also have not done this before and many of you all have so looking to benefit from collective experience. Thank you all in advance for your time and thoughts.