I also vote for the first picture! I pulled my bubble top home from North Carolina and only got one thumbs up in Ohio. But i was smiling all the way. If that big block is taking up much needed room in your shop id might be interested in it. Let me know.
Cool story and car!
2nd car. While stationed at ft hood i found this 63. Whith a slight rod knock and a quart of oil every 3rd tank of gas i drove it from TX to Upstate NY and left it at my uncles til i got out. It cost me another $400 in 1983