I originally bought this '82 Stepside as it sits, with a built 396 with 2000 miles, SM465/NP205, 4" lift, widened out fenders (enough to clear 40s and not rub), Dana 60 front, 14-bolt rear, Detroit lockers, 4.10s, and Ramsey winch. I paid more for it than I ever usually do for a vehicle (luckily I sold enough other stuff I had laying around to pay for it.) The initial plan was to keep the locked Dana 60 and 14-bolt, 396 and winch, put a 350, 3/4 ton axles and a stock bumper on it, a quick paint job, then re-sell it for the same price I paid for it. BUT, I kinda liked it, and it was already built the exact way I liked it. So I decided to keep it. I hated driving a rig I didn't build myself, and didn't like having that much money in it, yet I figured that I'd keep it as long as I could unless I needed money. Now, today, the motor started knocking. So I have to pull it and check out the crank and replace bearings. If this truck is going to become another "project moneypit" forget it. I'm going back to the original plan if I start tearing it apart. Later I'll get another stepside for cheap and build it up. Things I hate giving up are the fact that the body is rust free and the fenders are one of a kind and professionally done... the truck sits low and street legal yet clears up to 40's. Think I should send it down the road (keeping the parts I want of course and selling it as a good running 350 powered 3/4 ton)? Or should I pull and rebuild the motor and have it become another permanent needy "child"?