Older kids had a Hurst Dual Gate in their 70 SS Chevelle that we used to cruise in. The Dual Gate was not the in console kind, this one went into the floor, had a big boot. I emulated this in my 68 Nova in 1977 after HS.
short list for shopping.
o MT or Cal Custom finned AL valve covers
o some people had that wretched Edelbrock air cleaner with the foam and mesh
o most went with the GM chrome lid open element air cleaner assy
o Though most had the Torker, I pass on that for a 163 GM intake regardless what heads I had on it.
o coil on dash was popular
o glasspacks were en vogue though I ran Cherry Bomb brand 2.5" Turbo type mufflers
o way too much gear, too much cam, and shi+ for tires
o tach on steering column if you did not have a factory tach
My 68 Camaro ragtop project is nearly done. The born-with 2 bbl 327/210 with incorrect 1964 power pack heads on it ran, kinda, was good for several short trips around Seattle-Tacoma before I pulled the car down. Want a nice driver, not a show queen. Theme is Day2. Most back then would pirate good parts off the SS and Z28 cars... You can imagine every Vette or Z28 wrecked lost all the swappable perf parts soon as it hit the boneyard. Lots of those cars wrecked and junked. So that is what I am doing to my car, swapping in a few things. With this in mind, my 10-bolt 2.73 posi gets a break, had a 3.73-geared 12-bolt made. Powerglide yields to a 2004R for a good take off and the OD needed with 3.73s. The 327 got a bore and forged flattops, some big valve 291 heads were sourced, tuned by a local stock class racer with cyl head shop out back.
I went for the bigger 2.25" Z28 exhaust and am keeping the ext manifolds so I can cruise AND hear the passengers and tunes. No off the shelf cam for me, slipped in a sane but hefty HR to get good manners, some growl at the drive thru, and plenty of oats to feed the engine. Right now, stock orange valve covers, may go chrome. I did source an old Eddy C4B then a C3B which I will go with. Atop, will have a 670 Street Avenger (with elec choke) vs the old 600 Holleys we all used to run. Chrome GM air cleaner. Stepped up to the larger Z-28 size 15" vs stock 14" Rally wheels. Finding raised white letter tires is getting to be somewhat of a challenge...a few sizes are available, some on backorder. But, desiring cruise and period look more than handling for the moment, am looking at mild-size tires. Thinking about some RED LINES vs RWL tires but the cost difference is staggering! While the front end was off, I did throw in a bigger sway bar, worked in taller ball joints, etc...nice upgrade but sane. Big blingie tires and such down the road. Upgrades to the interior and dash will be period correct as custom stuff does not turn my crank much for the interior.
So she'll look mostly stock, stop good with the front disc brake upgrade, handle well, and just look like Day2