Originally Posted by pl626
This forum is an amazing resource, and folks are friendly and helpful, though if you say something stupid/silly, you may not live it down for a while...
Thanks Peter! Though with the level of stupid I evidenced I might have made myself immortal! Awesome /s
Anyway, thanks for your response, very helpful. And I'm definitely not doing this as an investment - well, at least not an investment in anything more than just my own entertainment and education.
Originally Posted by rdavisinva
Matt D... Santana's before 1983 are a moderately different, but not extremely different.
Some Parts are much harder to obtain.
Other parts are exactly the same.
I would stay away from them.
Robert - thanks! That was the impression I got from the small amount of research I'd managed to do before finding this forum - that pre-'83 they were not extremely different. But all the advice on here has been, like yours, to stay away. And when I read what happened to the Santana company that makes perfect sense. I don't want to get into this only to find I can't get parts. Save a little money up front only to put myself in a worse position down the road. No thanks.
So thanks for your response! Please do post pics though, I'm very curious about how it went and is going trying to fit that motor into the Santana. And good luck as you continue!