i'm in a quandry. pontiac or caddy engine
i have had this 67 lemans for years now. tried to sell it for three, it's a rolling chassis and is in my album. same with my moms 70 caddy 4 door.
my 400 motor has new short block, flywheel, water pump, heads at the machine shop where nothing is getting done, and a 4 speed. the lemans is a four speed car. it needs about everything. no front seats, no engine front wiring harness. just all good sheet metal except windscreen bottoms. it would take alot to get it running. no distributor, oil pump, all that stuff.
my moms car has a trashed front suspension from hitting curbs. the inside is great but no one will even buy it for $800! a running good 472. a company makes mounts for my lemans for $150 and a new oil pan and pump will put it, and the i think turbo 400, into the lemans. it will smoke the 400 as the build isn't all that rad. the pistons are just stock rebuild items, and i still have to get a valve job finished. have a carb and intake tho.
the 472 is and would stay stock and not taken apart. as is.
should i put it in or keep building the 400. i also need a clutch and pressure plate. and there is no driveline either, and i dont know anything about the rear end.
i want the lemans to be a stipped down 70's street racer with the sheet metal door panels and dash, and cheap bucket seats. rowing gears seems to be the only way to go, but i am tired of waiting and waiting for money to put this together. i guess either way will be about the same amount of money, so i guess if i have to shift then i answered the question right there.
it's just that with a caddy you can't wind it up anyway and when i told the caddy guy it was just temporary he said yeah, until you put in the 400, then you will rip it right back out. well maybe then i can find a bellhousing for a 472.
just talking to myself again, but would appreciate anybodys thoughts on this. i also have a 455 engine core laying around that needs everything as well. the 400 is also a 67 like the car, but i heard no lemanses came with my 400's heads only firebirds, (which they came out of), so it wouldn't help it be a numbers matching anything. and i dont give a crap about restoring it, anyway. or the caddy either since it's a four door and the front end work it needs and other stuff is expensive for no extra resale. i also don't have any exhaust pipes or manifolds for either except the caddy which are stock.
i kinda think the rear seat of the caddy will fit in the lemans. who knows. both bodies are rust free.
i could strip the caddy and gut it i spoze. wonder what it would weigh. if i did the front end work myself the parts probably wouldn't kill me either.
your thoughts? (got caddy pics in my album too). maybe strip and gut the caddy and keep the lemans? can't sell either one. could get more scrapping the caddy almost.
Last edited by bullheimer; 10-13-2011 at 11:26 PM.