After 3 years of scheming and planning, Isaak and I are about to finally embark on the engine build for our '72 Skylark. Placed the second deposit on the 350 SE heads this morning, so things are definitely in motion. Here is the plan so far: TA Performance Stage 1 SE 350 heads, with Level 1 porting job TA 1316HD rocker assembly AutoTec forged pistons from Competition Components TA 1630B billet connecting rods TA 310-350 camshaft TA 1523 double roller timing set TA 2010SCH headers, ceramic coated locally after break-in and fitting Parts we already own and plan to reuse: Stage 1 dual plane intake Quadrajet Power carburetor, currently stage 1, will send back to be retrofitted as stage 2 TA Performance timing chain cover and high performance oil pump assembly Pertronix Ignitor 3 ignition system: distributor, module, coil The build goals for this project are 400+ hp and 450 ft-lbs. This will be mated to a TKO 500 transmission which I'm planning to source from Modern Driveline. (the car currently has a 3 speed Saginaw which has been converted from column to floor shift) Does all of this sound like a set-up that should work well? Are the build goals realistic from what I've outlined? Are there any special considerations to be aware of when building for a manual transmission application? This forum is such a great resource! Looking forward to everyone's good feedback.