Greetings. Decided to rebuild my 79 Z28 after about 18 years from the 1st time. I'll have many questions through this process, because this time, I want to try to do it right (as opposed to winging it like I did then.) Here are some pics to bring us up to date: Earliest pic I could find. I was in military and bought and rebuilt the car in Seattle. I painted it myself at the auto hobby shop on Fort Lewis. I replaced the 350 almost immediately with a 454 from an old truck. This was taken in Mississippi about 4 years later. Car ran great and was a hoot to drive. Still have a timeslip from the Gulfport dragstrip for 12.10. Had to go oversees so took car to dad's for storage: Got back (4 years later) and cleaned her up: Well, looks like I didn't clean the engine: I never like the cowl scoop. Plastic, fiberglassed on the original hood. Hey, I was a poor kid in the military. I quickly swapped the hood: The rig in the background above is about to take us all to my new station in Virginia: Those wheels were on it when I bought it, btw. I do not know what they are, but will be for sale eventually. Newly motivated in Virginia, I decided to build another motor for more power: The engine had a lifter freeze (didn't rotate) in the bore at about 20 miles, so the car got mothballed until I could take it apart and clean it out. Fast forward about 7 or so years and we are up to last week in the great state of Texas: Hood finally got primer: Clearing space to pull motor: Now, for as long as I can remember, THIS is how I've envisioned my car in my head.....((THIS IS NOT MY CAR, THIS IS A RANDOM PHOTO I FOUND IN THE INTERWEBS) Finding that photo was somewhat depressing. Now, should I just go for it, or should I come up with something fresh? I entire car will be repainted, and in fact, I already bought the orange and matte clear. I have always been a fan of the SCCA/TRANS AM look: I will post photos as I work on something, which, now retired and working at a second career, is usually on weekends. Some early random thoughts: 1) Wheel and tire sizes....seen all the charts. They help you ball park it at best. Will need real world sizes/backspaces. 2) Do you just break those plastic windshield molding clips out? Mine are glued in with the windshield seal. 3) How do I know if I have the early or late 79 front suspension bushings/balljoints? 4) Since I can't get my wipers on with the fiberglass hood, do I trim the hood like my wife suggests, risking ruining it, or do I find some aftermarket low profile wiper studs? Or if I can get an antique plate in Texas, do I need the wipers at all? 5) Spent $40 on fender patch panel and $150 on having local hot rod shop weld it on (pictures forthcoming). New panel on Classic Industries = $190. Spent $260 on front seat upholstery at NPD 8 years ago and $250 for local shop to install on original seats. Brand new high back buckets on Classic Industries = $284 ea. This means I need to be a little smarter....... Bring on the critique and ideas! Clean slate, limited funds!