Compomise is the order of the day
After much soul searching and balance checking, I (think I) have decoded to get my existing engine rebuilt by a local guy here in town. this way I (currently) feel I have a little more control over what parts are used, and get some more feedback as to what caused these problems originally (age, misuse, sun in Capricorn, etc.)
The mechanic who gladly took my money (inlet gasket, oil cooler leak, etc.) has now decided to leave the shop so there goes that possible recourse, but I hope to hear back from the PO about some sort of compensation. We shall see...
So tomorrow I start the process of removing the blown 454 lump, keep them crossed and please try to stay near your computer, I suspect I'm going to need a lot of advice!
1975 26' Silver Argosy MH: Ethyl the Never Ready!
Fallbrook, Southern California
"Experience is something you never have... until just after you need it!"