The guys are right, an XW/XY in good nick will cost quite a bit to begin with,
in addition there are plenty of phase 3 copies out there already, the XA/XB
coupe will be easier to find bits for and cheaper, plus the coupe is a better
body style to work with.
Personally I like the 289, but out of the 302/351 I would tend to go for a bit
of both worlds, a 302 with a good blower behind a 5 speed trans will get fair
economy and bags of stoke when you want it.
Remember over the next couple of years fuel is not going to get cheaper,
I'd toss in some lpg as well, in a couple of years you don't want to be pouring
$100 into the tank every time you want to cruise.
Regards Prof. Rabbit
Originally Posted by mada_3083
next year i will be a working member of society after 4 years at uni, and as such will have a little spair $ floating around, and i was planning on building a nice little street car, a classic falcon. and it'd be built up slowly, as it wouldn't need to be driven at all till it's done. so i wanna do it right the first time
my dilema's run as such
family/ friends tell me to build an XY, which is fine with me
but i love the shape of the xa-xc coupes.
then the problem of powering it comes to mind
which is cheaper to get some streetable power out of, a 302 or 351, preferably manual tranny. Some/ most of the work will be done by me, i've got no proffessional mechanical skills, but i've kept my two old landcruisers (one diesel one petrol for variety) running on a very low budget, and i am fairly quick to learn this stuff.
any help/ suggestions would be good, and the goal is to be able to keep up with some quick newer cars (5l commo's vl turbo's etc).
and all said and done, any suggestion will be listened to (i've toyed with the idea of a turbo 6 XD for years as well)