Very helpful, thank you.
I donít push my cars hard, and while it would be cool to take it to the track, Iím not sure I ever would.
The car was someone elseís project that I fell into, so Iím not 100% sure what I have, but it appears that all the wear items up front have been replaced.
The car came with a small block, but Iíll most likely be using a big block with a 700r4 transmission. Coyís 17 inch wheels up front with 18s in the rear, I donít recall what size tires.
I think the first thing you need to do is diagnose what you actually have on the car. If needed, take some pictures and get help from Team Chevelle's forum. So many on here that are very helpful. Given you are on a budget I think this is a very important step so you can get the maximum bang for the buck.
Get the car in the air and check every bushing and boot covered joint. Check for play in the ball joints. If anything looks suspect, replace it. MOOG stuff is cheap.
Are your upper and lower control arms stock? If stock, check for cracks, particularly on the LCA. Are the bushings good, or have they been replaced? If replaced, are they poly or rubber?
Is the front sway bar stock? Is it even there? Again check the bushings, condition and rubber/poly. If it is there, what diameter is it? A simple way to do this is take an open end wrench and slide it over the bar. Start with a 1" and change till it fits.
Same questions for the rear bar.
Do you have a 10 bolt or 12 bolt? Is it stock? Are there any no-hop bars installed?
Check your rear upper and lower control arms. Are the lowers boxed?
Does the small block have alum heads or iron heads?
When you go BBC, do you plan on alum heads or iron heads?
Is the car a hard top or convertible?
What brakes are on it now? Front and rear
What brand of tires and what sizes are they? Also what condition are they in? Front and rear.
Weight is very very important to a car's handling capabilities. Weight distribution is also important. Engine choice makes a very impact on this.
You say it was someone elses project, so I am guessing the car is not driveable? Please state the condition that the car is currently in, and if you have ever felt the car driving?
I know this is a lot of questions, but to best guide you in a direction of your goals, we first need to know what you have and what your goals for the entire car are. Simply saying go buy XXX kit or whatever is blind advice at this point.