I just signed up and also just purchased a 51 Commodore coupe. I had a 52 Hornet coupe in high school. It was a mild custom, nosed & decked and lowered 6" front & back. Went from a hot Hornet to a stock 55 Olds (should have stopped here) to a radical olds w/ a 37 La Salle transmission. Seemed like a good time for another one.
I've been playing with LS powered resto-mods for the last 10 years (1980 AM80 Chevw/LS@, 1981 Coupe DeVille w/2013 6.0 and a Sonoma w/LS1). The 262 W/hydrmatic will take some getting used to.