I'm looking at picking up a 240z without a motor or tranny. I currently have a 350 SBC out of a 1972 1-ton truck. My goal with the Z is to build a reliable daily driver that gets at least 20mpg and maximize power and torque within that limitation. In other words, I want to have a comfortable, economical ride to work that will still be some fun.
1. What should I do with the SBC? If I turn it into a 383 stroker, will it still achieve 20mpg, or should I just rebuild it as a 350? I have high hopes for such a light car.
2. How much hp can I reasonably put to the ground without doing anything to mess up the stock look of the car?
3. Should I use the 4-speed muncie out of the truck, or find a different transmission? (I'd like to keep it a stick shift).
4. What do I need to do with the rear end?
I will NOT be racing this. This needs to be easy to drive as my wife will likely be using it as well. I need to have some fun though. Thanks in advance for any advice.