The Chevy engine, although the purists will raise stink over it, does make sense from your standpoint. I can appreciate the price discount with Chevy stuff compared to Mopar or even Ford prices. Will be interesting to see. As you can imagine, it isn't going to be a straight bolt together process. I think the Chevy engine mounts are closer to the front so it'll push the engine back towards the firewall...
I thought of the LS1/LT1 route but with an old gen 2 Trans Am. Semi modern fuel injection, daily driver economy and "reliability". Also thought of using the IROC-Z rims. Would be a "craigslist build", meaning all the parts I would scrounge for cheap of craigslist.
I do appreciate the advice there Cuda Hunter. I never even considered looking behind the hard back of the one seat I have. Nearly as much as I can determine is that the build sheet was tucked up into the seat springs of the rear seat, and now it is all scraps. I'm not really a chevy guy, but the motor fits all of the requirements that I have.
I do agree Super Blue. If it wasn't for a parts run that I made in September I wouldn't have had much for my car at all, essentially just a rolling shell. I am really gonna be bad if I have to get a grille and taillights/panel too, and if I have to go that far I will start docking what I am paying my friend.
I do appreciate the info on the motor mount location, that will be one of the primary things that I am concerned with.