Thanks for the comments... I just hate to throw away a block that is so
shiny! It is a 4 bolt main, with a lefthand dipstick so it is a 70's
engine. ( I haven't ran the casting numbers to see exactly what year it
is, but being 70's maybe a better chance of being a good casting? )
Worst comes to worst, I guess I have a good crank, bearings, timing
chain set, new Howards solid cam .510 lift 288/288 duration ( spec card
was included :) ) , new oil pan, balancer and t- chain cover, rods and
oil pump to save. Next question.... if I feel brave and bolt on some
heads and try it, what would likely happen IF it fails? I assume it
would be a cylinder wall failure, which would take out the block,
piston, (which wouldn't matter much at that point), and anything else?
Most likely the crank and heads would survive, maybe? I'm still thinking
that for the price of a gasket set and my labor, if the rest of the good
parts would be salvagable after a failure I might just try it in a
street vehicle. ( but not for the track because of the heat and stresses
) What about this idea? Again, I really appreciate all comments, thanks!