I recently traded my 77 crewcab for a 63 Nova project, now I find myself wanting another truck to replace our aging minivan. I am able to get a 86 burb with 305/700/unkown gears in decent condition other than paint for $1500. Or and 89 with a 350/700/unknown gears in about the same mechanical condition, little nicer interior, and better paint for $2500-$3000, maybe as low as $2000 with some trading. I am not sure which would be the better choice and need some opions. Here is what I am looking to get from the burb as far as needs and wants are concerned. Things that both offer: Family friendly with plenty of room Able to hold lots of cargo on vacations Able to take the place of my truck as far as hauling things like lumber Ease of maintenance/parts availability Things I am unsure of: Considering both are in stock trim and equal rearend gearing,which would give better mileage What would be a good gearing to have for daily driver with lots of highway miles and occaisional light towing (up to 5000 lbs) On the towing issue would the 305 suffice for towing 5K occaisionally (like taking a camper on vacation 2-3 times a year and towing the nova around to different shops) Is the TBI really that much better than a Q-jet? I have experience working on the Q-jet but have never had anything to do with the TBI, are they a hassle to work on. Are there any other issues I should think about before deciding on which one I want? It has been so long since I have driven a truck with a small block that I can't recall really what the power is like and even then I don't know if it was a 305 or 350 since it wasn't mine. I guess my biggest questions relate to the 305 and wondering if it would be enough for what I need without hurting mileage and daily driven performance due to the engine being smaller. I at least want it to be able to get out of it's own way, but I am not looking for a hot rod. That is what the nova will be for.