A newbie here.
I just bought a V8 swap kit off ebay. Kind of funny that nobody else bid on it; do they know something I don't? Anyways, it's Archies ecomomy kit, all new, plus headers, electric water pump, small starter, clutch, oil filter relocation stuff. Got it for $1500.
Of course I don't have a car or engine, so those will be the next purchases. I've wanted to do a V8 swap into something for a while now. Almost went with an RX7, which also has some pretty good kits available and lots of info on the net. But the real purpose of this is to make something to drive on the street now and then, but is fast at the drags, so I thought a little more weight on the back wheels is a good thing.
I do have some experience in this area as I've built 2 Cobra replicas and have a pretty nice set-up in the garage; 4-post lift, welder, lathe, mill, all the nice toys. Of course the Cobras were Ford powered, so I have to learn about this bow-tie stuff.
From the research I've done here, I think I'm looking for a V6 4-speed to start with, since the trannys are supposed to be fairly strong. An automatic would likely find it's way in later. There seems to be a fair number of Fieros available in my area (Ontario, Canada) for under $1000. I'll hunt around for a cheap SBC to start with, and then upgrade it later.
I'm quite excited about this. I've wanted a car project for this year, and wanted to keep the cost down (compared with building the Cobras) and this seems like a good way to go. The plan is to buy the car and engine within the next month or so and have it at the dragstrip late summer. Oh, the plan also is to get it to run low 12's. Anyone know if CAA would have a problem towing me home from the dragstrip when I break the tranny?