I'm new here looking to connect.
I grew up in Detroit and now live near Cleveland Ohio. I just bought my next project, a 71 Chevelle true SS HT. In 1971 I was 16 years old, had just started driving and felt that they had been waiting for me to drive before making the most beautiful car ever. Since then I have restored a few cars as a hobby but none have ever excited me as much as this one that I finally brought home two days ago. It's rust free and only has 21K original miles BUT it was badly abused, hacked up a little, and owned by someone that flat a$$ didn't know how to drive very well, meaning lots of minor dents, scratches, broken plastic, trashed interior, etc. I'm now 65 and newly retired and I could have bought a much nicer car that didn't "need" me like this one does, instead I have something to do and a few coins to buy what I need along the way. I'm hoping that someone reading this will reach out to me with tips advice etc. At this point my drive train is pretty much done, I have already rebuilt the 454 with all kinds of upgrades and had the Muncie 4 speed "done". I'm now putting my VERY LONG list of body and interior needs together and am looking for help/advice.... Example: which vendors are best, which brands can I trust, and which brands should I avoid. I am shooting for original "like new" appearance but not hung up on NOS and OEM if there is a new quality made piece available. I will very soon be buying a LOT of new stuff from bumper to bumper and want to avoid regrets later.
Sorry if I bored you but I'm hoping my little story will help me connect with anybody that can help with advice or can point me to where to look.