I posted this question in the "swap" section of Vortex, but I don't think there is much activity there so I'll post it here.
I'm considering a custom build with a front longitudinally mounted engine and transmission to a rear wheel drive for a Mk1 Caddy. This has been done before but I haven't seen one that fits all of my preferences. One of the initial questions to consider is choice of the major components; engine, transmission, rear end, etc. I have ruled out several things: no rear located transmission (i.e. not a Porsche 944 type of setup), no all wheel drive (rear drive only), no all wheel drive transmissions converted to rear drive only, no rear or mid mounted engine. I have not ruled out a automatic transmission provided it meets my other requirements. Some basic requirements are: prefer a lighter weight more compact drivetrain, able to withstand some abuse (e.g. big smokey burnouts, drifts, etc), and extremely low cost. I'd like to find something that's readily available and relatively easy to swap in (generally speaking, I realize any swap is a lot of work).
Any suggestions for drivetrain options on such a build?