With only an hour after work to pick away at it until it gets dark, the progress has slowed down.
Today I removed the rockers and pushrods and carefully placed them in numbered order into a box.
I couldn't believe my luck when I found out that the dealer can actually provide a new timing indicator for $19. and the local parts dealer found a new stock harmonic balancer for only $90.
I ordered a new performance distributor complete with HO coil, adjustable vacuum and mechanical advance. Also have a new Edelbrock aluminum performer intake manifold on the way.
The original cast iron manifold weighs 60 lbs. The aluminum unit weighs 30 lbs.
The heads are next to come off. I can't wait to see what the cylinder walls look like.
It would be nice to go with the Edelbrock aluminum heads but they are not in my budget.
I will probably replace the cam with a slightly more aggressive unit but because I don't plan on changing the rearend gears, will select one for tow and go torque limited to 5000 rpm max.
I'll try and remember to take some pics tomorrow before it gets dark.