Ahhh, that brings back good memories. My first car was a 68 Rambler American, baby blue, 199 cid, 3 on the tree.
Mine was green and had the Flash-O-Matic 3-speed automatic. The engine was so shot in it that when floored, I had to help push it up onto the trailer to get it home. Somebody had been driving it around so long with a broken push-rod that the broken off end was rounded again. I was only able to get it up to 40mph, on a flat road with a 1/2 mile open stretch. The only good thing about the car was that it had originally had been sold in CA and had only seen 1 or 2 years in IN. Can you imagine a '67 American WITHOUT rusted front fenders in the early '80's.
Horsepower is how hard you hit the wall, torque is how much of the wall you take with you.