I've had my Stage 1 for at least 10 years now (I was 22 when I got it) and figured this would be a great place to document its life while in my hands and show how I built it up to this (picture below)... ... and then decided to tear it apart to completely redo the car again. This is where it currently sits in the process of the 3rd version of the car. (Picture below) Going back to the beginning, it has been a ton of ups and downs, plenty of difficult and expensive learning lessons, and lots of time in-between. Before I get too far in I need to thank my uncle, Mark. Without him, I would have never found this car, been able to get it running, and wouldn't have learned any of those difficult lessons he and hot rodding have taught me, his guidance and support through this process and been essential. I originally found the "Stage 1" car because I was slowly buying parts (rims, hood, etc) from a guy to put on my Skylark custom (See below). After buying these parts he had mentioned that he might sell his car, which was what I thought was an amazing Stage 1 and quite the upgrade from my small block custom. I ended up making an offer of $8,000 for the car and bought the Stage 1 as a roller including a complete big block with a stroker kit I would need to assemble myself. Having little experience in assembling motors I would need to wait until my uncle had time to help me build the engine. The car sat at my parent's house for about a year while I was reserved to washing it and staring dreaming about the day where id be able to "smoke anyone on the street" with all my BBB torque. Finally, after what seemed like forever to a young kid my uncle told me he was ready to help me start assembly and I took the block over so we could get started. He had me do most of the work while supervising. I had the idea I wanted an all-black engine and thought it would look cool. Looking back, the black and green combo probably wasn't the most aesthetically pleasing but little did I know I'd have plenty of opportunities to change it in the future. After we completed the engine it was time to bring over my car so we hooked it up to a trailer and we were off. I have to run for the day but ill update the story over the next couple days when I can.