Novaman....shop around for an engine. 350's are literally a dime a dozen. You just aren't looking in the right place. First place to start shopping is to drive around and scope out cars that have been sitting for quite awhile. Chances are that if it is Bowtie it has a 350. Usually cars like these can be picked up for around $100 and some will even give them away to get rid of them. Check out your local impound lot. Ask thru your local law enforcement how long these cars have been sitting and if you can purchase one for the impound fees or scrap fees. I bought a '85 Caddy awhile back for parts out of our local lot for $150 with no title. So it pays to shop around. Just a little suggestion.