First off wow, overwhelmed by the responses.Thats cool man. I can dig it i guess. Cool build but to me i wouldnt waste time with an eaton either. Why do you want a t-56? And if your planing on keeping it, then atleast get rid of those headlights! All that work for a crummy eaton is shitty. I still to this day dont know why people spend 2900+ on eaton swaps.
And the Eaton swap is a starting point. I can easily replace it with a KB or Whipple on a whim. I'm going to focus on this as a start though. I could also sell it off later and go turbo, it's just the start.
As far as the T56, I like the extra gear. And as much as I hate to admit it, I hated the shaved doorhandles and headlights when I bought it, but they've grown on me, and I'm going to keep them. Just one of the many very unique aspects of it.
At least I don't have euro taillights.
Also regarding insurance, I may not get the coverage but I do pay less than half the premium because the VIN is GT.
But in the end it's just a project. If I end up over budget so be it, it's my work of art, and hopefully others can learn from it.