Hello everyone from Vientiane in Laos (Yes most people probably have no idea where this is??) I'm running my own small garage and am going to start a project to attract some attention and get some work in. The car which will be used as a base is a Lada, I'm not using this because it's a top choice of car but simply as it's the only decent shell I can get for a sensible price... Cost less than £400 and it's very clean and tidy with very little corrosion etc... An E30 full of rot and filler starts at £3000 here!!! Anyhow I'm trying to think of the best engine choice?? Kind of down to 3 different choices which are SR20DET, RB20DET or 1JZ-GTE.... As I see it so far: SR20DET: costs around equivalent of £900 for a Red top complete with gearbox, wiring, ancillaires etc... I know the SSR20DET is a very popular option and as far as I'm aware pretty reliable!? RB20DET: can be had very cheap! Complete engine, manual box, wiring and ancillaires I can get for the equivalent of £400... Be slightly more hassle to fit I'd imagine but no major issues... Quite an unknown engine to myself but from what I do know the RB20DET is supposedly the hardiest of the RRB's? Its seeming like a good option so far! 1JZ-GTE: I can get for £600 equivalent which again is for the whole set up including wiring, ancillaires but an auto box.... A R154 to convert it to manual is around £600 again plus of course other costs for clutch and flywheel etc... No need for questions about the engine itself I know their great! So as I'm on a budget what should I do? To begin with I would run whatever engine I choose as stock... Just front mount intercooler, exhaust system and air filter. I won't be going for mad power but say 350 in future... I know the 1JZ will do that easily but as for the other two engines I'm not so sure... I understand the RB20 turbo is crap so would need changing which would add up cost wise. Any ideas and suggestions welcome! As soon as I get the car I'll begin a build thread. Thanks in advance.