The Story So Far I've owned this 1962 Special since 2009 when I picked it up in a small town in Pennsylvania for $1,000. Between then and now, it's spent time in South Carolina, Connecticut, Washington state, and of course come back home with me to Missouri. It's never been a show car and never will be, but seeing as I have a "if it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is" attitude, that doesn't stop me from throwing an inordinate amount of work and neat parts at it. The first real change I made was swapping in a junkyard 700R4, which has since been replaced with a built 4l60E. The extra 2 speeds (it started off with the Dual-Path 2 spd trans) made it the best bang for the buck change I have ever done to it, and made driving it in modern traffic rather pleasant (this was my only vehicle from 2009-2016). But that itch to keep tinkering never went away, and eventually I purchased a second vehicle (a 1980 Chevy LUV, $900) to support more intensive vehicle hackery. It currently has a 10 bolt swapped in back with the obligatory Cadillac discs, a Fat Man Fabrications front end with 12" Wilwoods, QA1 single adjustable coilovers front and rear, a dual reservoir master-cylinder, 7" dual-diaphragm booster (finishing off the swap from 4 wheel manual drums), a mild cam, Edelbrock intake, Holley 2300 Sniper 2bbl to replace the stock 2bbl carb, and most recently a Vintage Air unit (A/C not yet hooked up, but that heat is incredible...). The new shoes are 17"x7" American Mag wheels and 225/50ZR17 BF Goodrich G-Force Super Sports (all-seasons, nothing sticky). A New Chapter Begins... At some point in South Carolina (I think 2015) I picked up a 1970 455 and TH400 combo for $400, sold the trans, and more or less got a decent big block for $200 (fun fact, a disassembled Buick 455 fits in the trunk of a Nissan rental car ). In keeping with my obsessive "if it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is" way of life, I'm now going to try to shove that 455 (now a rebuilt 462) into my increasingly messed-with Buick Special. The engine has been bored 0.030" and fitted with hyper pistons, decked 0.010" (I forget, may have been 0.020"), 10-10 crank grinding, it has the TA Performance Stage 1 Street Eliminator heads, 212 cam, front cover, and water pump (with a beautiful closed impeller design), along with an Edelbrock Performer intake. Still waiting on some engine stuff, so while I wait on that I'm going to swap my leaky gas tank for a bigger one. The Current Self-Imposed Hurdle (Of Many) I love little in life more than a good roadtrip (one of my longer ones was 3,650 miles total, and I've done at least 6 totaling over 2800), and average about 225 miles per 3/4 of a tank with the 215 v8. I didn't want to sacrifice too much range seeing as I was more than doubling displacement, so for the swap I mandated a 20 gallon minimum tank capacity. I planned on fabricating my own for awhile, and admittedly chickened out after I saw what appeared to be a more elegant/shiny solution. Turns out a 1968-72 El Camino gas tank is very similar to the stock tank (same basic shape and dimensions, same side filler neck), but is 2" deeper all around for a total capacity of 20 gallons. As such, I ordered one from Holley with provisions for an EFI setup (the big block is getting a Holley Terminator setup with Trans Control). To make room, I'm planning on sacrificing 2" of trunk depth. Essentially I'll be cutting the floor of the trunk and raising it, as well as cutting and remaking the area where the filler neck will be. Now, I'm purely a hobbyist and no professional, but what I lack in smarts, speed, ability, good looks, social grace, and overall adequacy as a human being, I make up for with an out and out stubbornness that lets me keep banging away until I find a solution to a problem. And without any further monologue outta me ('cause holy cow, this is a long post), lets all get ready to laugh as I fumble-buck my way around shoving 462 ci where 215 was already kinda cozy. Lemme know if you have any questions, I'll see if I can answer them!