Originally Posted by IMVerticle
I can buy a '82 base model Camaro with the 4cyl and 4spd for $2000. I have a '81 Caprice with a 305 and automatic. Is this a project worth doing for an old man like me. The Camaro has a good body with no dents or rust issues but I don't know if it would be worth any more than $2000 with the 305 in it.
Once a year or two, I find these $2000 specials. Perfect body vehicles, run, good options, and super clean. My group of freinds needs to talk me out of. They arent coming around as much. My truck was superclean $1900 85C10 305/Th350C 3.73 8.5 rear.
A manual is very fun way to drive your build.
A couple tips I cannot confirm -
The 8.8 ford rear end will bolt in to a 3rd gen camaro / firebird common 3.73+ ratios. It is the cheapest 3rd member avalible . It is the correct enough width depending. A poor mans 9" rear, stronger than the gm 8.5 rear.
The L 33 Ls 5.3L is a very hot small block. Makes impressive results and can be had complete for about $5-600 with the 4L80 trans. Makes 300+ hp as is. Hot turbo tip they can internally take 16psi constantly. Many single T45 turbo kits and recipes to make 600hp. 600hp and cheap, and fast, and reliable. Hotroding is never gonna be the same.