haha yeah i can relate. my old man had a 308 4 speed hq sedan in mandarin red (almost the same shade as yours) that i wanted for as long as i can remember. got it for my 18th, got a motor built for my 19th that ran easy 14's (that was half quick back in 99) and proceeded to get up to all sorts of mischeif in it! it's still in my backyard awaiting a full resto as soon as i put a shed up.
yours looks real tidy, wont take much to make a beast out of it. just dont cut corners or let idiots work on it
nah mines not going. the motor went into an lx hatch then a vh sl/e. then it got a bit low on compression so i pulled it down for new rings and bearings but never got around to putting it back together, one day i will. plus its been outside for years so the paint is stuffed and its got a few rust spots from its days on the coast but its nothing that cant be fixed.
cut corners/get lazy/dodgy work/buy cheap junk parts/do a half arsed job. all these things u will end up doing or buying properly again trust me, some things will be a prick of a job/expensive whatever but better to do it right the first time.
i had a holley blue fuel pump in mine, noisy but it never missed a beat. might be an idea to have a look at all the fuel lines and tank breather hoses and make sure they're in good shape