well, after long and hard consideration, I have decided an upgrade was in order.
there are going to be two stages to the upgrade, the first is on it's way.
first, I have been looking into a cam and intake combination that will work better. the Offenhauser as it turns out is a real hamper to performance. they appear to do best when doing your recycling. So I went shopping on ebay and bought a slightly used Edelbrock Performer intake for $80.00. it looked best overall in a Hotrod Magazine test I read.
the other thing is the Crane cam. after flattening a lifter or two,and not as hot as expected performance, I've decided to go a different way, so I went hunting and came up with a Hughes Whiplash cam. I called and talked to their tech guy and he told me the down side to these cams are in the 6000rpm range, and that I probably wouldn't, or shouldn't run into that problem. he assures me that it should make gobs of low end torque, and work and sound great with my setup.
I'm contemplating a head swap while I'm at it. also contemplating a move to manual steering in a forward look towards a future with headers, or Dakota exhaust.
the next stage is a planned move to a THM-200-4R overdrive trans, and 8 3/4 3.91:1 rear axle setup. all indications are that the trans is strong enough to hold my horsepower, and small enough to install without cutting into the floor board. the issues are fabricating mounts, linkage, and dealing with the lock-up converter, none of which should be that hard to overcome.
I'm planning a new video of it running soon!