Welcome to the land of LSR. . The craftsman ship of the 50's was different , not necessarily wrong. As it is today. Good Luck J.D.
.......I'm a builder , in the grand scheme of things a greenstick but I've worked this much out......LSR , and the salt in particular is harsh on everything from motors to the tent pegs you take there........when J.D says " good luck " he means it because luck plays a huge part in it .If you have bad luck a supplier will let you down just before Speedweek so you'll spend four times as much getting a part machined in time ,it will rain when everything else has been done , you will qualify but lean out on your record run and destroy your fresh Big Block , just when you spend the 10,000 getting it re-built you break your hand , now it's five years after you started .
There is only a cigarette paper between struggle and big budget in this game .With a big budget you can have fun and " make it look a bit easier".......if you have to watch your funds then get prayin' 'cause you'll need all the luck you can muster.
The best thing about LSR is the individual aspect , if there was a "do it this way " manual then a lot of the odd-balls who make this game interesting would be off doing something else, that's how those with different skills compete against each other , the engine builder , the body-man , the lateral thinker.........take a look at the Bud-Fab....that's cutting edge.
John Broughan did very well for what he spent ( Racing here in Oz), hard workers and smart too the Broughans.......after what I've learnt I'd see JB as the bottom line in a budget build ....I wouldn't expect anyone to go faster for less , ever.
between starting to type this and submitting this thread has gone nuts!!!!! , hang in there Jim , you'll love it.