a few weeks ago, after a full day of wheelin, my '82 350 locked up. pulled the oilpan and found the broken rod. the rotating assembly looks solid and well lubed until cylinders 7(broken) and 8. the crank and rods have almost no oil on them back there. my assumption is that something blocked oilflow, a bearing spun (i found what's left of it in the oil pan), and eventually trashed my rod. the rod cap jammed between the crank and block. i couldn't move the crank more than 10* or so. took me a while to dislodge, but now things move freely 360*. my cheap side says replace #7 and maybe #8, since it was right next door to the problem. but, i've never replaced just one or two rods at a time, so i don't know how reliable that would be. i feel like i'd just be asking for 1-6 or the rear of the crank to crap out on me. i'm looking at junkyard engines some. there's a place here that sells them as-is for $60. i'd probably tear one of those down and replace anything that even might be a problem. also, tbi might be nice, but i've never done a carb motor to tbi motor swap before. this forum seems to have mixed opinions about how tricky that is. last resort is just plop in the parts it needs to run well enough to sell it, then eventually get a late 90's jeep or something. i much prefer k5's, but a jeep could get me back off the pavement and maybe be reliable because it's newer. i take good care of my trucks, but unfortunately, a 23-year old vehicle is just going to have some issues. i realize that, but i can't always be prepared for every one of them on the trail. lots of choices, but none i'm too crazy about, at the moment.