68 Camaro engine advice
I'm in a bit of delima, so i thought i'd ask for some advice. I currently own a 1968 SS/RS camaro with a standard (non-numbers matching) 350 -out of a 71 chevelle, M20 transmission, and 3.73 read-end. Sadly, the engine needs to be rebuilt or replaced. It's burning oil like crazy and is starting to make very bad sounds.
I'm at a loss as to what to do. I'd like not to spend over $2000-$2500 on a new crate motor engine, but it seems that my options are limited. I can get the 260 hp GM goodwrench crate motor for well under budget for around $1400, but i'm not sure if i'll be happy with it or not. Other than that motor is seems many jump into the $2600+ range, except for the GM goodwrench 330 hp 350 (but i don't want to use all vortec items and be stuck with them).
Any advice will be helpful, I'm at a loss as to go for rebuild/crate as well as what to get.
Has anyone tried that 260 hp 350? Is it worth a crap. Thanks so much!