Okay, the 350 is dead. As of this afternoon, it will be on the engine stand and ready for disassembly. The big question I still have is what should I do with it? The truck currently has 700R4 tranny, locked 10-bolt axles, 4.56 gears, and 35" BFG MTs. Within the next two years, it will be going to D60/14BFF axles, 5.13 gears (maybe D60/D60 with taller gears) and 42" Swampers. The engine in its original configuration was pushing around 300HP and 330 ft-lb torque (rough guestimates based on configuration and components). It was a new crate 350 bought from GM in January that I beefed up. It had 6,000 miles on it before saying 'goodbye'. I now have a few options. (1) I can rebuild it the way I had it (but with guideplates for the pushrods). This would require a basic rebuild with quite a bit of machine work on the heads as they took the brunt of the damage. All the components in the heads will also probably need replacing. I may just replace the entire heads. The crank and pistons should be fine. I don't know yet about the cam. Rough cost estimate (with new heads and cam) is around $1500-2000. (2) I can take advantage of this opportunity to bore it and stroke it into a stump-pullin' 383. The head work would still be the same as in option #1. Only real additional work for this option is boring the block and prepping it for the 400 crank. The pistons, rods, and crank would also have to be replaced. For cost estimates, Summit has a 383 kit for $1000. Add that to the head work and add the boring and this one would run between $2500 and $3000. But, properly built, I could then be pushing 350+ HP and 415+ ft-lb torque. I need an engine that has the power to get me out of the trouble I can get into. I need something that will effectively power the big meats targeted for the future. I need something that is reliable and not going to break down every trail run. I need something that is still street driveable. And I need good fuel economy. (just kidding! /forums/images/icons/grin.gif ) If it was your pocketbook and your rig, what would you do?