zz454 in 1971 LeMans Convertible
I am sure the title has gotten the blood pressure up on a lot of readers.
My plan is to build 3 or 4 everyday drivers to rotate through on an annual basis. My first car is a '71 LeMans convertible with a 350. I am having a frame-off restoration done and want to go with a big block. I plan on driving the car 3 to 4 months every year, again as an everyday driver which will probably amount to 3k to 4k miles per year (I travel for work and don't drive around home much).
Because I want something very reliable over the long haul (I plan on keeping this car for a long time) I thought I would go with a brand new zz454 GM Performance engine and pair it up with a new transmission, drive-shaft and rear-end. Has anyone done something like this? Advice on how to find/pair engine with transmission, drive-shaft, rear-end?
I really like the 455 rebuilds I've seen...just thinking they aren't going to be reliable over the next 10+ years as a partial year, daily driver...