Thanks to everyone who posted their ideas for retrieving the washer that we dropped into my new engine. Once on the stand, I turned it over, and it fell right out. I spent Saturday removing the old engine, and Sunday putting the new one in. The only issue that came up was with the LH exhaust manifold. I found that it is cracked all the way around. I guess I am pretty naive, cuz i expected to call the JY and find that they had 100's of these, and that they would practically pay me to take them. No such luck. Several of them wanted 100 bucks for the left side only!! I found one place that has one for 65, but it has air tubes that will need to be plugged, since mine doesnt have them. If anyone around here has a LH exhaust mani, for a 454. Let me know, I'll take it off your hands. The one I need is casting # 3994045. Thanks again!