Thanks for the input. Update on my car.
Found a great restoration team in northern Maryland for my engine swap and steering/break/transmission upgrades. Lucas Restorations did a top notch job and I couldn't be happier with their quality service and great communication throughout the project. Although mostly a Camaro facility, they eagerly took on my project with exceptional knowledge and quality work.
Had a Blueprint 331 engine placed with 4 speed manual transmission, disc brakes and power steering. Car runs great and can now enjoy it with the family!