1998: Out with the old... In with the new.... I paid $250 for the 1979 chevy 4-bolt main 350. it was a mess, so we took her all the way down, hot tanked the block, honed the cylinders, and machined the heads. replaced the valve springs, rocker arms, cam, push rods, in fact the crank was the only thing i kept! chevy orange paint, edelbrock intake and valve covers. I went to a local salvage yard and a found a 1980 buick regal with a stock 305. pulled all of the brackets, mounts etc... I bought everything associated with the engine new. i used the old power steering pump. (I put in a larger 4qt. radiator instead of the stock 2qt. about three months after the switch.) We had to "massage" the engine mounting locations in the frame and even then we really squeezed the engine in. Seriously, we each used a crowbar to move the block so we could put the bolts in the mounts. I also replaced the fuel lines and fuel pump - important and cheap! I got these headers from a 1976 corvette for $40. but one pipe hit my frame and there was nothing i could do about it. damn shame. with stock manifolds i cleared the heater core duct by 3 inches. I placed heat tape on the duct by the manifold. if you haven't found your heater core yet, it's gotta be the easiest core replacement i've ever seen! takes <18 min. I must thank my now step-father for helping me with the engine. As a head machinist at a ford dealership for 13 years, he knew what was going on, and had the tools to get the job done right!! Without him, this wouldn't have been possible. Thanks Randy. The exhaust was custom to glass packs then dumping out the rear. The tranny was replaced with a chevy Turbo 350. Kept it an automatic, my wish was for a stick. Placement while keeping the bench seat would have been tough. Since I pulled the rear seats, the bench had to stay. We'd still squeeze four (thin) people in. All the wiring harnesses were inspected and mostly removed. I didn't need the computer anymore either. We had to fabricate brackets for the throttle and transmission kick-down. we used the same driveshaft. I kept the (stock?) posi rear end. I bought a large solid fan in place of those stock fans. A guy could go with electric fans, but they rob so much current! It didn't take too long to warm up. It really wasn't "cold-blooded". You really should cut a hole in your hood with this kind of car. i recommend cowl induction. Get a large air cleaner! Let it breathe!!! i didn't. i suffered greatly because of it. i have no idea why i didn't think of that earlier! hell, i bet i could have gotten 40hp more with that and headers. Speaking of, my exhaust was a beautiful tone. finally, we were done. not too shabby. no one ever expected it when I popped the hood.