|Originally posted by TheDuke:|
As for the engine, I'm aware that pretty much everyone on here thinks the duke is not worth it and it's a better idea to swap engines but I am not interested in doing that...
the one who mentioned the "swap" word first, in your opening post.
The duke will be fine for your son. I enjoyed driving my '84 (with a transplanted 5-spd). Heck I even autocrossed it for a couple of years. What several of us are warning you about is throwing money at a duke and perhaps expecting too much of a performance
return on your investment. Remember, a bone stock 2.8 is 140 HP... and it's very doubtful you'll get a re-worked duke to run reliably
at anywhere near that output.