so wife and I bought an 86 5th Ave the other weekend. body is in fantastic shape for a new england car, minus someone's attempt at buffing the trunk after the clear had peeled. the interior needs the headliner and pillar trims recovered but nothing major. the 318 has already been converted to electronic ignition and the computer control disconnected. drove it home 70 miles without too much problem. so i feel i have a good if not great base to start with. after looking it over on a lift found some things that explained the ride home, like the play in the steering being due to lateral play in the output of the steering box, simple fix. planning to rebuild the front end since most of the bushing have seen better days. was thinking poly was the way to go for that. i would like to wake it up a bit, doesn't need to be a bruiser, but both my vans and my Shelby Charger put it to shame. from the quick reading ive done here already seems quickest and cheapest is to start with the gearing. the other things i was going to start with would be intake/carb and exhaust. i'll post more in the exhaust area asking about that. what else should i be looking to do to improve the car over all?