Emmjay, thanks for taking the time to respond as well as the other guys. When I say "budget" I dont mean going cheap, I mean NOT wanting a car payment, that it all. I am not looking to set the world on fire with a race car. I have a motorcycle that I drag race that takes care of my "speed fix". Most likely all I would do to the car would be gears, exhaust, shifter suspension. I was just asking about mods in case there is a possibility down the road of wanting more, I dont want a ticking time bomb (like the stock block 302). With that said, is there a power level these motors are good for to stay safe? Again, not that I want to build a race car just asking for possible future mods.
I want something me and the wife can jump into and cruise our back country roads that handles well, has pretty good power, cold a/c, nice stereo etc. It sounds like the s197 would fit the bill perfectly.
I have a fox coupe that i am in the middle of building with a stout little engine/tremec 3550 etc. and I have kind of lost interest due to some medical reasons. My entire lumbar spine was fused (no disc at all in my lower back) and it just took the fun out of building it being in pain all the time. Thinking of selling the coupe and picking up a s197 that is done (pretty much done).
Again thanks for taking the time guys, much appreciated.