WHAT'S UP, Im new to the site, but have been lurking for months you could say. A little about me, Im a little green around the ears due to circumstance in life to do with my past I have not had the time or the car guys in my life to pass down knowledge. I have in the past 3 years have had my nose in books, my ass in auto shop class in community college, and under a car or hood to the point now if I aint talking about cars, Im really just wondering when the conversation is going to go back to cars. Im a 31 years old sponge aka virgin who has yet to do an engine swap but all that is changing. My acquired knowledge will now put to test and use, but like I said earlier I can still smell the green around my ear. SO CHECK IT OUT. Recently I got a real good deal for two 1963 Olds F85 for 850$. One a convertible 90%complete with engine and tranny that I will be leaving stock. The other a hardtop with no engine/tranny that I will be building up with something more ballsy than the 215 v8/ slimjim option . While researching this what I have came to understand. My car shares similarity to the Buick special. Cutlass, jetfires, and specials from 61-63 share the same engine, trans. The tempest and the corvair are different respectfully. the car is a unibody structure. the 63 is an one year car. the trans tunnel will need to get hacked. my differential is week and unique. my steering linkage will also be problematic it being behind more than usual. Ive heard of people swapping in mustang ll front suspension but need for info on it. So yes I understand this will be a tall order, but im up for it. MY GOALS to have strong engine. to be drivable across state lines and to able upset the neighborhood ricers and new school plastic muscle cars off the streetlight. to retain my heat and factory AC. or find an option to retro fit. to upgrade to 5 bolts/ disc brakes. to not spend an arm and leg. real end swap MY OPTIONS While researching and lurking in forums I have come to the conclusion (but not yet sure) that the Buick 350 would be the best fit due to its light weight (450 lbs, my engine was the olds 215 that weighted 330lbs) the distributor is in the front and I hope this might clear the the heater core on my firewall. So what would you do in a budget situation for my goals, what engine should I also consider, keep in mind I will only put a General Moters engine in this car. ADVICE, DIRECTION, PAST EXPERIENCE, & OPINION NEEDED AND WELCOMED AND NEEDED THANK YOU.