Should I put the original 351W back into my 69 coupe?
I'm trying to decide about swapping the original 351W back into my 69 coupe which came from the factory with a 351W, 4Bbl, 4 speed and trac-loc rear. When I bought the car from the original owner in 2012 he gave me the following story:
“The engine seized around 1979 so the car was parked in garage where it remained until 2012. It still has the 1978 NJ registration sticker on the windshield. Car is all original, paint has one spot repair on the PS rear quarter. DS door got damaged while car was stored in garage, large dent, most of car is rust free except for a small bubble over DS wheel well.”
I bought the car as a project. The first thing I did was pull the original 351W engine and dropped in a 94 351W roller engine I had, got it running well. Rebuilt the brakes, replaced all the lines, put some new wheels and tires on, got the car on the road.
Now I’m trying to decide if it’s worth getting the original 69 351W rebuilt and so I can swap it back into the car to make it more original. What’s everyone’s opinion, is it worth the efforts to make the car more orignal? I can do the swap myself but will have the send the engine out for rebuild at a local shop.
1973 Fastback, 460