Theres a guy out of Iowa that sells complete Ford 9" rears modified for A body GM cars, with drum brakes, for a little over 2k. Buying an 8.2 rear to rebuild, then the parts to rebuild it, ill be into that rear for over a grand at least. For another grand, I get a new rear, internals and brakes, axle ratio choice, eaton posi, all for about 2 grand. Am I overthinking this?Well, you now have a good excuse to go with a Tremec TKO 5-speed with OD and a Ford 9" with 3.73 or 3.89 gearing. Both should be bullet proof and then you will have an excuse to build a 500HP stroker engine.