Long-time lurker and occasional poster but let me say the site is excellent and been a very big help. I've been wanting to build a FED for a couple of years now and finally scraped up enough change to start on one after selling my mustang project (homebuilt turbo 5.0) This is probably about as cheap as someone without a garage of speed parts could put one together so try not to laugh Browsing ebay turns up the bugcatcher hat, found the 6-71 on craigslist some guy had on a boat, lower intake was a swap meet special. So far more expensive than a lot of motors I've built and its only the top end racingjunk find on the shorty powerglide, another craigslist deal on the 350 4-bolt longblock. $100 for the longblock and a stock alternator and starter . . . so far chevys are indeed cheaper Finally make it to the shop . . . a guy I work with (we work for a firearms manufacturer) builds motorcycles on the side and has a full-blown fab shop. I had been bugging him for months to help me with a frame and he finally relented Chalk line'd, craigslist 9" that appears to have been pulled from the bottom of a lake, some strange guts for that 9" . . . Two steps forward, one step back for a couple of weeks . . . bought 95% of the tubing I needed from shapiro and only got the minimum wall thickness (.058) well the hossfeld bender said to heck with that and we crushed the first tube trying to get the bottom bends. Finally went to a shop that had a hydraulic setup for their hossfeld and bumped up the tubing to .065" and no problems. 138" wheelbase. We've got no blueprints or pre-made plans, only the SFI book and some printed off images from google . . . which might explain the frame for you actual dragster builders out there. The future home of the meat in the seat. Right now we are on the almost every saturday/sunday plan . . . hope to wrap up coping the existing bends and throw together the cage section. I am a machinist at work so I've got a little work to do after hours machining two spacers for the spindles (apparently strange stilletto spindles and a s&w front axle don't use the same length king pin boss) and machine out a plug for the center section to line the motor up with a tube through the main caps. Any words of advice . . . feel free to share them. I've never built a car from scratch let alone something I've never worked on like a FED but I've worked with an alcohol funny car if that counts Guy I am working with used to work for Pat Patrick Racing, then for jackie howerton, then built midgets, then built motorcycles . . .