this spring, i got a helluva deal on 2 454's- one rebuilt shortblock, which i later made a killing on by installing it into a 67 Chevelle- and one complete long block with a busted rod and a high rise aluminum GM rectangular port intake on it.
i tore the engine with the busted rod apart, and 2 of the main bearings spun- but there are no grooves or discoloration in the bores. when the rod broke, it took out a 1/2" section of the inside bottom of the oil pan rail into the water jacket. clean break- no cracks or anything coming out from it. otherwise, the block is in good shape- despite the cam that came out in 3 pieces.
i was thinking maybe fill the bottom of the block, and it would be good to go- maybe score a 396 crank and make a 427 out of it or something, since 454 cranks are kind of hard to come by cheap, and i'd like the idea of being able to use any old small block flywheel or flexplate on it for easier swap into whatever i wanted to shove it into.
you don't plan sincerity.
you have to make it up on the spot.
wanna hear about 20 years ago when i was too smart to know any better?