'I would like a truck built around a 350 sbc. When I step on the gas, I would like it to go as fast or faster than traffic. mileage is not an issue with me. I am willing to give up some bottom end torque for some scoot. My plans are to address the rear end with 3.73 or 4.11 gears, coupled to a stall converter with around a 2600-3000 stall to work with the cam that was recommended."
This build need not have forged pistons or any other more expensive parts. Good gaskets, bearings and moly rings will compliment the build to achieve what the target goals are.
Personally, as far as deck height is concerned, I'd deck it to 9.010" and use a .035" composition gasket to get .045" quench. That would be fine and not raise the CR any more than necessary. I would watch the total timing carefully so as not to contribute to detonation.