Haven't been active for a while other than research. Car developed a couple problems and I have been buy working on my house to sell. However I can't stand the car to just be sitting right now.
Car is a 72 340 Cuda 4 speed, manual drum brakes, manual steering, no console, standard dash, B5 blue. I do have build sheet but no fender tag. I have some history of the car from its life in Mass..
Someone started restoration before I got it. It was advertised as non matching number motor which was fine as I have always planned to build it to drive hard. However once I got a vibration in neutral that goes away when I depress clutch. Then the motor started smoking a little I parked it and decided to clean the engine VIN to post in case it went to someone's e-body. Low and behold it does, mine. Obviously the guy I got it from didn't have any idea someone had tracked down the original engine for it. So now kinda unfortunately for me it is a complete numbers matching car, however nothing I can tell that was particularly special or rare on it.
Anyway I was going to build a 416 from the motor in it but an questioning that now as it is matching, I am also on the list for a Passon 5 speed - Hopefully this fall. and I plan to narrow my 8 3/4 to b body length and relocate springs to fit more tire.
Main question right now is opinions on which way to go motor wise. Find a hopefully good 340 block? Maybe a roller cam LA 360 to save cost and possible problems on converting 340 to roller? I hope to get as close to 500 rwhp as I can manage and a planning to use the 6 pack EFI from F&B/Fast with the Fast ignition also.
The car is in pretty good condition but I don't think I could get enough out of it to sell it and start with a different one as I have already done a lot of upgrades, which is ok as I never planned to sell it.
Firm Feel stage 3 P/S, 1.06" TB's, 1 1/4" fr sway bar, adj, strut rods, HD shackles, repaired all gauges, rebuilt 6 pack, clutch (may be my transmission vibration), vintage air a/c, viper front disks and generally lots of refurbish, clean up and got all odds and ends working.