Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Rocket City, AL
I would have to agree on just buying something else.
If you are going to a shop, hope you have deep pockets, 5k at a minimum.
Been there and got the T-Shirt. 5k scratched the surface. Got 3x that now. Getting a good motor and trans is just the beginning, what about brakes, suspension upgrades and the rest of the drive train etc.
I have a real reliable car and one of a kind. Depends on what you want. I don't agree against a crate motor - I have a Ford crate Windsor 4.6 and it couldn't be better. 12 yrs with not a single problem
12 years ago when I did my upgrades there was not much in a fairly large, rear drive car.
It probably will not go over good on this site, but I have been moving to GM cars.
My wife had to have a Ram Air Trans Am and worked my to death to get it. Really did not want to get it but she would not settle for Stang. Gave in bought it, must admit it has been a much more reliable car than I thought. Really only a one person car in my opinion. Rear seat is useless, right front is not all that comfortable, but 320 hp out of the box. Gets plenty of looks. Just depends on what you want.
As far a bang for the buck in a reasonable performance car, I have bought 3 2000+ Buick Regal GSs 3.8 SC for my daughters. 240 HP, front drive and way more reliable than a SC Bird. These cars come cheap 5+ years old, but a 4-Door car. Again depends on what you want or need.
Doing it again today I would get a 2004 up GTO, but obviously they weren't around 12 yrs ago.
1995 PI Tbird
2001 Lincoln Town Car Cartier L
1998 TA Vert
2004 Buick Regal GS
2000 Honda ST1100
1990 Mazda RX-7 2+2