On my list of things to do before I'm a dirt napper is to make some passes at the track. This is something that I've wanted to do since my first trip to a drag strip in the mid 60's. I was restoring my 66 Mustang to be a performance street car, but I've decided to go one step further with racing in mind. I've been restoring and building cars and trucks for a while and have accumulated a bunch of parts that I can use. My current decision is whether to use my fresh top loader 4 sp or a competitiion AOD that I picked up recently (or neither?). This will be going behind a roller 302 that I'm building. There is something about wanting to bang the gears with a manual that speaks to me a lot more than being consistent. I don't even really care if I stall or miss gears at first....I just want to get out there and try regardless of embarassing myself. I have no idea where this will take me and it may suffice just to get on the line and make a few passes and never become an avid track racer....but having said that, I can also see myself continuing to go to my local track on Friday nights at least a few times every summer. And what about a Hurst V-gate inline shifter for the top loader? I've never used anything like this so I have no idea if these are worth looking at. I just recently purchase the entire drive train and front end suspension from a cop who was parting out a wrecked P71 Crown Vic. I was going to use this in an F-100 that i restoring but now I'm wondering if any of these parts could be used in my Mustang, especially the 4 link rear end with a 4:11 gear set? All advise and opinions will be appreciated. One final note; since I'm not sure how far down the road I will go with this, my financial situation does not lend itself to spending a huge amount of money to get where I'm going at least for now.