I went with an auto in my 54 because I want a comfy cruiser that my wife is willing to help me drive on long trips. The other reason was that I had a free 302 sitting in the garage and an AOD was a cheap thing to bolt to it....funds were tight at that beginning of my build. My next car however, will be a full-on traditional 29 on deuce rails with a clutch and something like a nailhead for power. It'll be totally breaking my "no-trailer" rule, but I think it'd be cool to build an old school style trailer and pull the 29 down the road behind the 54 Ford. You know that would turn some heads.