Oh my Gawd! Todd Rudgren?!!
Hey, nice intro sir, well done.
My best suggestion is to read other's build threads, after you determine what flavor of bus is best suited to anticipated needs. From there, read & research about the various engine & tranny options there are, so you may shop smartly & accordingly.
Welcome to the sanitarium!
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