Greetings! I've just brought a new Scout into my family and am planning the upgrades and improvements. I've had two Scout II's in the past and foolishly let them go, so i'm excited to do it right the third time with this one. What I've got: I bought a really low rust 1973 with a 304 and Automatic. It has a showbar, a decent 20' paintjob that was done in someone's garage and has been upgraded to front disc brakes. The seats are in great shape (though I'm not sure if they're original) and they're not on the original mount. It's also got some nice steel bumpers on it that look really good. There is no carpet, headliner or door panel insers in it, so it is loud and rattly! Vision What I want to do is accomplish a few goals as a fun family project with my kids (they LOVE the Scout, just like I did at their age) For driving, it's a truck to drive a few days a week to work (20 miles) or for running errands/etc. I do want to get it dialed in enough that we could take it up to the mountain (40 miles) or camping or something with confidence. I want to convert it to a 392 with a 4 speed. The car was a factory 4 speed and has the clutch pedal still installed in the cab, so hopefully this is a doable project! I want to really protect it from rust, so I plan to POR 15 the undercarriage and the interior floor this summer, and then fluid film underneath the scout and ALS sound and heat blocker plus the liner inside the truck as well as inside the door panels and the roof to quiet it down and protect the metal long term. Suspension Currently has tired stock springs and shocks, a 1" body lift with new body bushings, and for some reason a shackle lift on the front, so it is a little higher in front than back. I don't want to raise the truck (or only do a tiny amount), but do want to improve the tracking and make it sit level. I think my best alternative here is to get the rough country 2.5" lift kit, with the Bilstein shocks, and replace the shackles with stock length and replace the shackle bushings at the same time. If possible, i'd also pop in some shims to give me some caster. If I could find stock height springs that wouldn't break the bank, i'd sure consider it. How much is the 2.5" lift going to screw up the steering? The steering gear and mechanism are pretty tight, but it does wander on the freeway, likely due to the shackle bushings and lack of caster. Where I'm at now I drove it 4 hours home and have been driving it off and on the last few days (purchased Sunday), the transmission is working great, but the engine needs a little love (and your advice). It's got a MSD Hifire 3 hooked up to the factory Holley distributor, and has what appears to be the stock 2210 Holley carb. Issues: Terrible hesitation when cold. Can barely climb up the road by my house and can't make it up it at 25 MPH in the morning. Vacuum hoses are all routed wrong (pictures in next post). I've reset the timing, but think I've got a vacuum problem. I know a lot of folks have trouble with the 2210, but i'm trying not to sink money into a new carb if I can get this one running well for now until I do the engine swap. Any other thoughts?