Well, here's my thoughts. First, front springs are fairly cheap in that they're available for around $100. But...then you should replace the isolaters at the top while you're farting around there. The last thing you want is the sweaking from metal to metal
Firmer springs are alot nicer. They're better in the turns, dips, dives...whatever. The ride height is up to you. I had 7 inch wide rims and with a lowered spring and fat radials they rubbed. This time around I rolled the fenderwells. The swaybar..you'll like. Keeps the car level in the turns. A premium set of shocks is worth the cash too. Now....we have...drum brakes. The best thing I can say about them is they'll stop ya once good. After, that...? If you familiarize yourself with the parts, you can piece together the stock type disc brakes from Craigs/bay and rebuild them for a decent price....and they work real good. hope this helps.