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@jdabbey this is definitely a good place to ask for advice with many helpful people. Once you receive your first magazine (if you haven't already), you can also contact the 1955 technical advisor, Mark. If you need his contact info sooner, let us know and one of us can send you that.
Regarding your pedals (item #9 on your list), those used to be recast by a company called Gary Goers, who sold out to Quirey Quality Design. They haven't gotten everything online yet, so you'll need to use Gary's catalogue and then call Quirey with the number of the parts you want to order (note that prices have also gone up since Gary's last catalogue). They also have odds and ends like rubber bumpers, firewall pads, etc. that you may need as well. Links for both are below:
383's are good motors with good availability on parts and good performance. If it's not going to be original, that's not a bad alternative!
@davidfrank Thanks for the helpful info. I've been told that the magazine is running a little late this quarter, so if someone could DM me Mark's details, that would be awesome.
I went ahead and inquired about the pedals. Thanks again for the heads up there.
Between that and the AAJ recommendation from @RegisBodnar, I have a few projects in the works already. Even ordered new carpet from ocautocarpets.com and sound deadener(Yes, I got the Amazon Basics, it's 100mil for cheaper than competitors 80 mil., just sayin)
I'll start posting my questions in general so that I'm not clogging up this thread.
I appreciate the welcome.
1955 DeSoto Fireflite Sportsman