I know it's not too smart to buy a car about sixty years old with no mechanical experience, but I've certainly done dumber things in my life. So if you guys don't mind, I'd appreciate any help as I will have some questions as a newbie. First off, someone restored it 10-15-20? years ago. They put in a 1968 203, c6 transmission, and a 9" rear end. Interior was redone, it was converted to 12v, new radiator (I think) and not sure what else they did. They bondo'd some stuff, not sure yet how much. Then it sat for five years. Another guy bought it and flushed the tranny and radiator, hoses, new exhaust, sparks, oil, wheels, and some electrical thing-a-ma-jigs. Basically was on his way to get it running again. Tank was drained before storage. View attachment 1724378 View attachment 1724379 View attachment 1724380 The last guy couldn't finish it so I bought it yesterday for $3k. Pretty happy but intimidated. I think I picked an easy 'first' car, I hope? It runs but I can't take it far until I do a few important things. My overal goal is to make this into a daily driver. What I need to do, correct me if I'm wrong or add what I don't know: PHASE ONE: Get it running better 1) 2 barrel carb needs to be rebuilt so instead of a new one I'm going to get a 4 barrel and new intake manifold to match. Not sure what but probably an Edelbrock? Or should I stick with a 2 barrel? 2) Brakes are redone by last owner except for one. Fix brake and bleed. 3) Nothing on the dash works so I need to install aftermarket gauges to see if the engine is overheating mainly. 4) replace spark plug wires PHASE TWO: Mainly safety stuff 1) Figure out how much rust there is: I signed up for a beginner auto body class that starts in 2 weeks. The instructor should set me straight. 2) Seatbelts installed with help from instructor 3) get turn lights working, fix side mirrors, fix wipers, etc. 4) clean up wiring, try to get some or all things in dashboard working. Try not set the car on fire. 5) Install dipstick. There is no dipstick right now! PHASE THREE 1) New shocks, lower it a bit 2) take out rear seat and make a wooden slat floor going from the trunk to the back of the front seat. I need more carrying room. 3) lotsa little boring things 4) think about painting it 5) consider installing disc front brakes A more realistic view of the paint job: Did the original cars come with a rope like this on the back of the front seat? Interior is in good shape: So what am I missing on my to-do list? Or even a check-it-over list for a purchase like this? Any advice is awesome, and any cracks at my inability are deserved! Thanks again, here goes nothing...and sorry about the pics I'll do better next time. Can't fix them for some reason.