hey guys, I just gotta say first off, you all are a fantastic group of individuals. I’ve asked a few questions already to get my 81 CCLB project up to speed, and they’ve all been met with a high degree of human decency that lacks at other sites...you all know where I mean. To the question! I know my 350 has burnt valves on both banks, lub sounds dollar bill test and true dual exhaust told me so. I like to think about long term goals and fix short term issues accordingly. I can drive it, but it needs fixed and I need more power. Here are my options as I see them: 1. $500 or less gets me fixed heads, used aftermarket or performance GM heads. 2. $500 or less also gets me an 86 c2500 with 454 of unknown condition, but is mated to an sm465 just like my current motor. I know the owner and have already agreed on price of $400, all I need to do is pay him and drag it home. Truck has 96k on it, ran when parked, and has been sitting for 15-20yrs. 3. $500 or more gets me a new crank and more, and starts me on the path of building a stroker 383, obviously more costs after that to finish the build. 4. ?$ gets me a 12v Cummins and I get to learn the work associated with that swap. I’ve never swapped a motor, this is my first sbc and squarebody, and I’m pretty mechanically inclined, albeit inexperienced in these areas. I’ll dive in to almost anything in order to learn. My goals are to have a fun driver that can haul ass (-ish....1tons only go so fast), the kids, and trailers/rvs when called upon. Not a daily driver, but something that is always at the ready for just about anything. I want to stay manual too. I’d love to crest the 400hp/tq mark in either option. 400lbft is nice in our Tundra as a benchmark, but it’s getting sold.