I recently bought a '66 Chevelle Malibu and this being my first project, I need advice on just how to get started (boy this could be a long post). It was originally a 6-cylinder car that now has a 396/402 with a 350 Turbo tranny. The car is straight and appears to have the original Regal Red paint on it...I am planning to build a 427 c.i.d. with 400 Turbo. This is to be my version of Pro Street...let's call it Pro Cheap, since me and my father and brother will do most of the work. I need to know what I can do to get it going for this summer and cruise with the motor and tranny I have now, before storing it away next winter and building the new motor, etc. This car will see (good weather) every weekend cruising and eventually the drag strip every other weekend or so. NO DAILY DRIVING!!! Going with this boulevard bruiser theme I am shooting for 550+ streetable horsepower with no tubbing and no nitrous, but as I said what do I need to do to get it going for this summer. I have installed Competition Engineering 3-way adjustable drag shocks for the rear and have recently purchased the same for the front along with Moroso Trick front springs. I need a complete front end rebuild and have looked at PST's Original Performance kit with rubber bushings or should I go with the polygraphites. Remember, no canyon-carving. Just cruisin' and draggin'. OR I have considered Hotchkis' kit with tubular A-arms (do they require disc brakes) and polyurethane bushings. Should I use the a-arms from Hotchkis and the bushings and front end kit from PST? I would like to upgrade to discs on the front, although not necessary yet, who offers the best stopping power for the buck. What late model cars offer a virtual bolt-on say from the boneyard. Salvage yard A-bodies and the like are non-existent here in Arkansas. I will have to replace the front floor pans along with the pan extensions that lead to the firewall. The trunk will also have to be replaced. I would then like to install Competition Engineering 8-point roll cage. As far as the rear suspension goes I have the aforementioned shocks, and so far the stock springs. It seems to look like the stock ride height, but would a new set of springs help. Would factory replacements be o.k. or what would factory SS Heavy Duty springs do for me? I would like to try the Hotchkis rear suspension package as well. I have the stock Pontiac-looking 10-bolt with open 3.08's. I would like to swap in a 12-bolt. They are so hard to find that I would think it might be better to build my own with aftermarket parts. Moser axles, Richond 3.90's or 4.10's with a Moroso Brute Strength diff. are what I am thinking. Who offers a 12-bolt housing or could I find one cheap at a salvage off of any 12-bolt (I have access to one off of a mid-70's van I am told). What else would I need to build up the rear? Would ladder bars and air bags in the coils help? I have recently purchased Wheel Vintiques 15" x 5" Rallyes for the front and I am uncertain what I can stuff in the back. I would like to go with Mickey Thompson Sportsman Pro or maybe E.T. Streets. Since I am sure that they would be good at the track would I have any problems with them on the street. I know they have minimal tread. Which would I have a better shot at 15 x 8's with 4 1/2" backspacing with 28 x 10.5-15 M/T's...or will 15 x 9 with (?) backspacing and same tire or even moving up to 28 x 12.5-15 M/T's? This is without tubbing or air shocks...only an air bag. I will run 26 x 7.5-15 M/T's on the front. Finally, I will throw some cheap Wal-Mart carpet down for the summer and install Simpson seat belts. Now....for the crazy question...does any of this make any sense and do I have any good ideas among them. I need to know what would be the best starting and point and where to go from there. I just don't want to work on one area only to have to tear it down because I took the process out of order. What other info do you need...boy my fingers hurt.....THANKS!!!