still slow going, and only 1 mod to post, but I think is a significant part of the entire picture.
to start off, curiosity finally got the better of me, and I had to find out what ratio I had in the axle... 3:42! I started to clean it up to paint, and thought that before I put it in the car, why not go ahead and do the disc upgrade? I had thought I'd heard someone use a b-body disc brake setup in theirs before, and that the rotors from an f-body would slide right in place, well I found out that that was wrong....
so back to the drawing board and I went ahead and sourced the brakes off a 2000 camaro v-6 car and dove right in.
to keep from boring you to death on the build, I used this as direction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0z79D14fyQk
IIRC, he's a member here, and this vid is great! (thanks a million dude!)
few pics from the buildup
drum and backing plate removed:
axle removed and scoring for cut to remove "cathedral" section
after cut, ready to drill mount holes (gtsdesigns, I owe you an apology... I didn't clean mine up as nice as you did!)
don't forget to protect the bearings from metal shavings while drilling the holes!
drilled/axle painted/ new seal installed
I chose to mount my calipers foward, like on the camaro, I've seen some mounted rearward (you'll have to make a shock relocation mount for that)
ready to install!