Originally Posted by V8 Super Beetle
I personally would rebuild what you got with some vortec heads. That way, you know what you have instead of trusting someone's word.
Casting numbers to look out for are 062 and 906. Here's a set. They want $400. I would just drop another $200 and buy new.
That's a steep price!
What he has now is virtually worthless, buying a complete Vortec long block makes the most sense. You can have 4 bolt mains, HYD ROLLER CAM PROVISIONS, and usually very minimal bore wear (less machining costs).
Buy a Vortec long block, sell what you have to someone for $50. Its the best start you can hope for at this point.