Well, I was trying to get into this inexpensively is the main reason for not going with the stock 302 pistons. The 6.250 rods are a bit pricey still. I had another idea, but this one is real iffy. The Ford 351W has pistons available with a 1.774 deck height. I could use this with the 5.7 rods, but heres the trick. The pin on a ford piston is .9122 whereas a chevy is .9272. Can a good machinist bore the pin over .015? Or are there bushings available to use a Ford pin on a Chevy rod? Has anything like this ever been done? It would obviously take away a bit of the piston strength, but would it still be useable? This would be cheaper than the TRW 302 pistons, and I could still get a compression ratio useable on pump gas, unlike the TRWs which all I've seen are 12:1. If anyone has any experience in boring pins, please let me know.
Thanx again for all your support and bearing with me.