Good Morning all, New to the site but have some deep inquiries that need attending. To start I'm overly new at hot rods and all vehicle aspects. HAHA but i have general mechanic knowledge. I can work on cars and i love it. Sooo, i am looking at slightly upgrading the internals of the current 283 v8 that sits inside the Apache now.. I'm ripping it apart and replacing all internals with better upgraded versions. Again nothing crazy but a bigger cam, new heads, new pistons, new manifold, the works really. My confusion begins with the pistons and crankshaft. The pistons, I have no idea what to get and how upgraded they need to be. The crankshaft, does it truly need to be upgraded and if so what is a good place to start. no knowledge of compression rates or anything of that nature. Just FYI. Next the transmission all the way back to the rear axle. New gears will be added and I need to know where to begin. If its possible to keep the same transmission and replace just the gears awesome! If not whats the best upgrade to get me going down the highway at decent speeds (keep with traffic) as well as get off the line for some fun. (not really looking to race on a track but maybe one day) Next the driveshaft, Whats needed to hold up to some good horsepower one day? Is it better to just replace the rear axle or switch out internal parts? If new axle is needed where do I go about retrieving one? I want to do my best at buying new parts not pulling from older vehicles. So a few good sites are greatly appreciated. Thank you for reading and I look forward to the amazing advice i receive.