All of my friends wear Bowties but I fell in love with a 51 Plymouth Cambridge two weeks ago at Charlotte AutoFair. This is my first classic car - my grandfather died about 2 years ago and he was a mechanic and owned an Esso station for a 25+ years; my last conversation with him was about classic cars I wanted to buy. So this project is for him... The wonderful seller (Cliff) I purchased my 51 Cambridge from already went over the 218 engine and converted to disc brakes and 12 volt electrical. Interior is bare bones but who cares as long as it's mechanically sound. I'm weighing my options / budget regarding what will make the car most enjoyable to drive. My wish list includes = - transmission upgrade (thinking B-W R10 OD vs T-5) depending on which conversion is most manageable vs easiest parts to acquire vs cost. - new seats + carpet (need to solve widow/trunk leak situation before carpet) - update intake manifold for 2 carbs (have single barrel Carter + Oil bath air intake now) and do headers at same time. I like the HP boost but am not a super experienced mechanic so I'm concerned about messing with a reliable engine at this point. - change out rear end, aka "replace the pumpkin ball", as my uncle says, to improve highway drivability - accessorize with exterior sun visor and stone guard trim I'm open to suggestions and plan to blog about any projects I start, so the next newbie can learn from my mistakes ... All I want is a highway-friendly cruiser that is as original as possible but easy/fun to drive! Thanks in advance for any advice.