Hello all. Sorry if this is a bit long winded.
I just purchased two 1968 Impalas rollers. Essentially this car is one of the few classic cars my wife is into so I bought them as something we could build and enjoy together. I also have a 69 Cutlass project that is underway which is going to be my more expensive build (LS swap, TKO-500 tranny, brand new performance suspension, the works.) so the goal on this is to keep the build as "budget friendly" as a resto can possibly be. I paid 1500 for the two so I think I did ok.
Car 1 is a titled 68, originally a 307 w/ a power glide. Frame is in good shape. Floor pans are in good shape, driver door and front passenger fender look like they were in a demo derby. No interior. All glass is there. very little rust. Mostly just around the front and rear window.
Car 2 is a non-titled 68 parts car, originally a 327. Frame is shot. Front clip is in great shape. Interior is rough but all there. Pretty much everything else is rusted to hell. Car does not have a rear end. Previous owner wanted to put it into his project.
Essentially the plan is to tear both cars down. Anything salvageable will be saved. Everything else will get scrapped. Frame from car 1 will get media blasted, sealed and painted. Front Clip from car 2 will go onto car 1. Anything I don't use will likely get sold only after the car is completed.
So, I am wondering what are my most budget friendly drivetrain options are that won't require a ton of customization. This is going to be a cruiser so I don't need a ton of power, but I do like a little mmph (don't we all?). I would refer to do a manual trans but that isn't a hard point for me. At this point, it is no longer original as I got no motor with the vehicle, and don't intend to ever sell the vehicle, so resale vale is not a concern. I'm leaning towards a 350, but weighing all options.
Will post some pictures of them soon. Haven't got them on the laptop yet. Thanks in advance.