I’m researching a kit car project that would need an XK 6 cylinder inline. I’m on a smaller budget, meaning I can’t drop 15K on a rebuild, but I do have some funds to at least do it reasonably proper and then update as the years go on.
I would want to run the XK on the triple Weber setup and not a stock or aftermarket fuel injection. I don’t need to be historically accurate, so the liter size is flexible. I just need the XK6 block that was used up until the late 80s or early 90s. Also, the vision for this vehicle is a sunny day country road cruiser with some pep, not a track day racer or a high HP street machine.
Also, because I am an amputee, I am restricted to an automatic transmission. I would prefer an overdrive setup, but that’s not a deal breaker.
So some questions…
What XK block years should I avoid? I’ve heard of later ones having cracking issues. Are there certain years that are more reliable than others?
Can a XK engine that left the factory with fuel injection be converted to carburetors without any internal engine modifications? If not, what is the last year the XK was made with carburetors?
What is the smallest automatic transmission (overdrive preferred) that can be adapted to work with an XK? I know there’s a reliable kit for the GM 700R4. Anything out there for a Ford AOD? Or perhaps something from Toyota? Reliability and simplicity is the goal, so something like the Ford AODE isn’t desired.
Lot of info. Thank you for your patience. I hope this made sense.