Great car! What's the plan for restoration?
Today I located the last boxes of parts that I removed from the car a long time ago. One of those boxes contained the the engine bay wiring. The superficial condition of the insulation looked ok, but I did note some (green) corrosion on one connector and wire strands. That got me to thinking...nearly 50 year old wiring throughout the car. I hate intermittent electrical issues. Then, I remembered an FBBO thread saying that full current goes through the ammeter. I hate fires more!
I don't like "scope creep" in any project because it runs up the costs, but I can't stand the thought of a fire. So, here goes with the highlights:
1) I'll install new wiring throughout the car.
2) I'll hand off the dash to some company to rewire and checkout/fix any gauges that need attention. Cosmetically, the dash pad, gauges, etc. look nice.
3) I'll reupholster the seats and install the carpet myself. Ditto the headliner.
4) I am torn on what to do with the exterior lighting. I prefer to keep it as is, but I have seen some modern lighting that I like. I have seen others that I don't like (they weren't bright when looking at them from an angle).
5) The drum brakes are the 11" monsters. I'll probably keep them, but could be persuaded otherwise. No matter, I do all brake work myself.
6) The 383 needs rebuilding. I'll probably keep it mostly stock (maybe run headers). It had a jumped timing chain when I bought it from the second owner. I disassembled it and then life took over. What I need is a reputable shop/engine builder. $10k budget enough?
7) I'll put in a new clutch and pressure plate. I'll have someone inspect the trans or maybe do it myself.
8) I am tempted to go with larger wheels and tires along with 3.55 gears and a limited slip rear.
9) Paint and body last. The car has a lot of door dings and there are several rusty places at the base of the rear window. Fortunately, the car has always been indoors since I purchased it in 1985. Maybe I will do the paint and body myself.