Hello H.A.M.Brs... Like the old saying goes " it takes a village to raise a child" I'm hoping to change that to to "It takes the H.A.M.Brs to help a 17 year old build a hot rod" I aplogize for what may be lengthy, but I think some back story is important. When my oldest son was in high school several years ago, he struggled with some depression and anxiety issues and in a desperate attempt to find something that he could really dive into, we bought a 64 triumph spitfire to restore. Now, I had never done anything like this and really didn't know much about cars at all. We stumbled and bumbled and shortly after starting the process my son lost interest and didn't want to work on things. I really needed to get this car done and out of my shop. I soldiered on, and every time I went to the shop to work, I would look out from under the car to see my 10 year old son just sitting and watching. Pretty soon he was grabbing wrenches and finding you tube videos and doing what he could to help, he was hooked. When he was 13 he got a free, non-running case 442 tractor from a friend. He tore it down, got it running, painted it up, won a couple lawn tractor drag races and sold it. With his new found wealth ($1,000) he bought a 1981 ford f-150 2wd pick up from rural ND. We dove it 90 miles home (on 4 out of 6 cylinders) and started working. His goal was to have it ready for when he turned 16. We spent 2 years applying the knowledge we learned on the triumph and ended up doing an almost frame off resto on the ford. It was a great truck, but at the end of the day it was still an 81 f150 2wd farm truck with an inline 6. He decided it was time to move up to some HP He has now a acquired a 61 econoline pick up and 1969 ford 302 to go in it . The previous owner of the econoline already put a 240 in it so it has the tubular cross member and some of the dog house modification has already been done. It also has a ford 9" with 3.50 gears in it. So here's where I need the H.A.M.B. , He wants to do it right, but we don't know what that is gong to entail. He wants to go with a fitech EFI, that parts easy, but he also wants to go with a automatic transmission. So what do I need to consider for an automatic transmission? What Transmission? I know I will need a new flexplate, but are there lots of choices? What do I need? How do I figure out what torque converter? What considerations for a shifter? On and On and On. And, Oh yeah and this being done on a 17 year old who works as a oil change tech at the car dealerships budget. I look forward to creating some new relationships, as well as learning as much as I can. If there happen to be any H.A.M.Brs in the Fargo, ND area that want to share knowledge/parts in person with a pretty darn cool kid, you are always welcome in my shop.