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Well if the dealer can't get the specs right, that's a pretty grim world we're facing Doc.
Wait! You should bring it back to whoever rebuilt it, to make sure there is no leakage. Let THEM add the fluid as well and then recommend to you which fluid to use in the future.
Seems to me, given the habits of the average American driver, that engineering a car that needs MORE service than usual, is not a great idea--even if it had many advantages in efficiency.
If you increase the HP, you have to address ride height and braking on these old tubs. Dropping the car an inch would hardly be noticeable and it would give you such a better degree of handling on turns. And of course docking her at night in the wind would be less of a hassle
Do you really want to be in the junkyard business? What will you do with the half-eaten carcass? Store it somewhere? It's probably better to just let it go. It's not a high-demand parts car anyway. Sorry to hear about the engine, but after 12 years, maybe it's time to look forward, not back.