Been looking at engine options and doing a little research. Car will be a budget build but new or rebuilt mechanicals, brakes and steering. Buying than getting built a 283 or even 327 is real money these days. Crate engines look more and more a viable option particularly as its cheap horsepower and companies like Blueprint seem to have a good reputation these days. The only issue for me is that most complete engines are Vortec heads, have huge HEI distributors and other garish parts and just dont look right in my not so humble opinion, particularly for here. For the purposes of this exercise Im looking at new only parts that are readily available. Many of us live overseas so keeping it simple saves us looking stupid(er) To put it another way lets try and configure a HiPo OEM crate from the 60s (ignoring its a 350 ) Keeping it real and knowing 350HP is heaps in an A coupe highboy (for me) starting with this crate from Blueprint without the heads seems like an affordable start. Part #BP3503CT1 Price is $2800 375HP/400Ft Ibs with 9.5:1 and roller cam. Doesnt appear on their site as a short block but they seem pretty receptive to pulling together a one off engine when I spoke them early this year. TBC. Having ditched the Vortecs, Trick Flow have been producing Aluminum heads that mimic the old double hump 421 heads. Part #TFS-301210002 $1380/pair n Summit. Seems to be pretty good reviews and specs seem to be as good if not a little better than the Vortecs on the Blueprint above. Intakes, for simplicity I would want to run a single 4, dual plane with oil filler tube. Edelbrock do one with the oil filler tube but for some reason its got EPS script cast into it. Was that there back when they started making them? If not sure why they produce an old style intake then do that??? The made in the USA tag would need to go for aesthetics. Price $260. Carb choice would be Holley 4150 650 in the Dichromate finish as it more closely resembles the OEM factory finish. Part #0-80783C $544 Summit. Distributor wise most crates come with big ugly HEI units so having asked the brain trust here in this thread there are a few options. https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum...hat-dont-look-like-ass.1203580/#post-13720346 There seems to be quite a bit of love (and disdain when they go wrong) for Pertronix. The coil doesnt really work for me and @bobss396 linked me to this one available here for $149. Looks good and for that price buying another for spares in case something goes wrong isnt too extreme. https://www.ebay.com/itm/CHEVY-327-350-SMALL-HEI-DISTRIBUTOR-45K-COIL-8-5mm-BLACK-WIRES-UNDER-EXHAUST/184036226872?_trkparms=aid=1110006&algo=HOMESPLICE.SIM&ao=1&asc=20200520130048&meid=8b7c432238494cc797ef8cc736cca267&pid=100005&rk=1&rkt=12&mehot=pf&sd=200950815713&itm=184036226872&pmt=1&noa=0&pg=2047675&algv=SimplAMLv5PairwiseWebWithBBEV2bDemotion&brand=Custom&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851 Valve covers are available from all the big suppliers and one of my personal favs are the offys but I came across these guys recently and really like what they are doing and are quite affordable at $225 and would be good to support some small guys. https://www.spotlitekustomaccessories.com/store/p11/Finned_Chevy_Valve_Covers.html. One upside of these is that I could run an intake sans the oil filler tube too. Well thats it for now as have to head out. Please feel free to comment etc, all input is good input. Air cleaners etc would still be needed.