I didn't want to blow smoke as if I've already got my frame, body, and all pieces ready and rarin' to go, so that's why I named this thread what I did. I read a lot of posts on here about how guys got parts in cool ways and for cool prices, so I figured I'd head that route....how I get my parts piece by piece and post the stories here, along with the interesting tidbits I learn along the way for other "A" noobs who come after. I'm new to A's, so this will be as big a learning experience as my first build, my 50 Chevy. I'm planning on it being as much of a budget build as humanly possible, for multiple reasons: -baby on the way -decreasing cash flow -Would rather obsess about getting a deal than a part that others think is "cool" -did I mention the baby? Towards that end, I want to build a car that utilizes more of the OEM parts than newer ones, and modify existing parts instead of buying new bling. This will likely require me to change my plans from time to time, based on what I can find. I know what my general target is, but if somehow an A sedan body came up for a steal, then that's the way I'm going to go, as opposed to the coupe that I'm envisioning. This may sound dumb, but originally being a sculptor who used clay, you have to let the medium talk to you sometimes, instead of telling IT what to do. I'm going to apply this to my build. If I find artillery wheels for free instead of wire wheels for $200, as long as it doesn't detract from the look, that's what I'll use. In essence, the car will partially build itself based on "directed circumstance", if you will. What inspired me most is Seret's Orange Jalopy Model A Coupe thread: I want to go highboy for this, primarily because it won't necessitate any major frame or suspension mods, as far as I know. Plus, it's not the NEW traditional route that so many others have. Not that there's anything wrong with that way of doing it, but I figured it would kill two birds with one lug nut. I started hunting for my first piece to the puzzle, but didn't know whether it should be the frame, a stock chassis, or the engine. I knew that I didn't want to put an SBC in it, and I've seen a number of HUGE threads around here where guys are using the old inline 6's. Some even using them in their A's. I really dig the silhouette of this obelisk of steel sitting in the bay, and even being non-symmetrical with the exhaust, intake, etc. I started looking for 250's and 292's. Almost got off track and got hornswaggled into buying a "running" 250, Offy head, Holley 390 for $350...until I took the advice of TMan, and with a little luck, *coincidentally* found this Chevy 250 w/powerglide for $100.00. One cylinder is stuck from it being outside for a week or two after it was pulled, but it's starting to loosen up as we speak: I kinda had my heart set on a manual trans for this build, but I don't really want to go out and buy one. If someone wants to trade a compatible manual trans for this one, I'd be up for it. So, without getting into my adventure of getting the engine unseized, I'll close on the first post, and post successive ones regarding all my (mis) adventures.