I am looking at doing some trading with a friend. Its a 53 ford crestline hardtop. Cool car, needs work, has original flathead and 3 speed. It's a good runner with low miles. I am not a motor expert, and my flathead knowledge is even worse. As for the anyone that is going to tell me to put a 350 in it, well go fuck yourself. I really have 3 questions 1.) What would you flathead experts do to get the cleanest best running reliable engine you can get. I know waterpumps are an issue and I understand that speedway makes good replacements. I know there are MSD ignitions units for these as well, and I do see a lot of questions regarding points and problems with them. 2.) It's got a good 3 speed trans in it, which I will probably keep but I would like to know what options I have for going to an auto trans. 3.) I want to keep it pretty stock, but I am considering airbagging it. There are airride kits for the older fords I know that could work with some modifications, but I am just wondering if anyone here has some good advice on air bagging this car. I know there are easy solutions to lowering it, and I would keep it at that but I have this crazy driveway that will destroy the car getting it to my garage. Any advice is much appriciated!