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It really depends on what you want to build. There are as many ways to build as builders. It may be in your best interest not to use a donor at all.
 

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It may be in your best interest not to use a donor at all.
Well, I estimate 90% of the 7000 FF5 roadsters are donor builds...:wrench::bbs::wrench:
 

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For $$$ saving, check out craigslist in your area (where are you located?). As an example: 1996 Cobra with front end damage $2500, located in San Diego area............... search and find what you need.
 

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I don't think a donor Chevy will be cost effective.
Most guys are using the '87 - 95' 5.0L pushrod engines or the '96 + modular motors. These donors also provide transmissions, rear-ends, front spindles, brakes, pedal assemblies, power steering and brakes, and various other parts. Some better suited than others.

My personal preference has been a combination of years.

I'd recommend starting with a build plan to determine your needs / desires, then determining your approach.

Here's mine, if this helps:
MPTech Build Plan
 

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In order to answer your question effectively we need to know your plans for the car.

Once we have that you will get opinions based one each individuals experience. Personally I had a very good experience with my first build using a 1989 Mustang. I have since used 4.6 SOHC and DOHC motors. They are awesome as well.
 
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