This will be a long winded post so bear with me as I ponder my options. Or just bail on the thread now! So some of you may have seen my AG thread and the plans for my car and road trip. I'm starting to put things together and have to make some decisions. Having owned a ton of cars over the years, this one I have now is my first glass car (not counting Corvettes). When I bought it my intention was to build a street/strip type of car with big power, huge rear meats, etc. That way I could say, "yeah, it's a glass car but it is a race car so who cares." type of thing. Then I came to the conclusion that I really need to take an old car on my road trip instead of my Corvette that I was planning on. I know I'm going to get a lot more interactions with people in an old car as opposed to anything new. In a new car, you're just another tourist like a million others on the road. So the plan is to take the '34 and try to meet old time hot rodders along the way and get their stories from years gone by. A '34 coupe will lend an aura of authentication and people will be more willing to open up to me (I'm thinking anyway). The problem is my glass car is not really an old car. It was built in '88, has a 231 Buick motor and T350 combo and is a bit "street roddy". So I picked up a 392 Hemi and will run an A833 over drive 4 speed, pull the fenders, got some door handles coming, and make a few more changes for a more traditional look. But it will still be a glass car and not a "real" '34 Ford but will anyone care? So, what to do? Sell this car and buy a steel '34 coupe? Out of my price range I'm afraid plus I'd still want to swap in the 392/4 speed. Maybe I could afford a rough project car but then I probably wouldn't be able to get it done by this fall for my trip. I could buy something other than a Model 40 but these have been my favorite car forever. I could go Deuce coupe or sedan (I've had both before) but they are near as pricey. A Model A coupe or sedan would be more realistic and I could get a runner that just needed some minor changes for this trip. Maybe even find someone that wants to trade cars. Then when I get back I could swap in the 392 but it still wouldn't be a Model 40. There are also a boat load of other stuff like fat fendered Chevies and such that I could get pretty cheap. Or a beater '55 and be Falfa? I'll be "searching For Milner" after all. I could just say, "F it!" and take my car as is or maybe just pull the fenders. The 231 would get great gas mileage and be reliable. Then when I get back swap in the 392. I thought about replacing the doors and trunk lid with steel ones for a half glass/half steel car! Plus, I'd love to have a louvered trunk lid. I have one other option, my 63.5 Galaxie that I'm in the middle of a frame off. It is a Z code, XL500 with a done chassis that includes the rebuilt 390, T-10 4 speed (I'd go with a GearVendors OD or a 5/6 speed for halfway decent gas mileage), 9", all new Police Interceptor springs, sway bars, shocks, brakes, etc, all painted and ready to go. The body is getting a couple dents knocked out and ready for paint. I'm hoping to pick that up in a few weeks then have to place it on the frame, do wiring, interior (I have the complete XL interior with buckets seats, center console, panels, etc), and of course, a ton of other small stuff but I think I could get it done in time for fall. It will have a lot of room inside, have a nice comfortable ride and will be a cool car but it won't be '34 Ford 3 window coupe cool! It will be a real 1963 Ford though. So this is what I'm struggling with. Now I know some of you will say you just have to go with what you think is best. But you ever go out to eat thinking you want seafood then the place has steak, lasagna and ribs on special and now you don't know WTF you want? That's kinda where I'm at on this thing. So just looking for some feedback as to what you all think. I have to get this ball rolling soon though as the summer will fly by and I don't want to delay this trip another year.