What Engine/Tranny Combo is most cost effective?

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  1. Quazit

    Quazit Veteran Member

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    Ok, odd title I know.

    I have the 75 which I will be putting back together in the next 6 months or so.

    It has no driveshaft, no transmission or engine in it, so I see it as a blank slate.

    If I were to source a used engine setup. What would people recommend? I would like the build or setup as economical as possible when the time comes. It will likely just be a day cruiser.

    If there is a donor vehicle I should be looking for parts from in local yards I'll take that information also. I prefer not to change the mounts and stick to what would be able to drop in with the least modification as possible.
     
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    Go find an 70s or 80s GM car or van with a V8 that is ready for the crusher and pull the drive train. Used to be pretty common here in the snow belt to find a decent running pile of rust for a couple hundred bucks. Clean up the motor, tuneup, some chrome and go with it. Might find a 4 speed auto even. Scrap the vehicle and recover some of the cost.
     
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    400 SBC, with a set of Vortec heads and a good Turbo 350. That combo will bring a smile to your face for sure.
     

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