Hey, Warrant! what part of Utah you in? I'm in South Jordan, maybe not too far from you!
Anyways, go for the complete rebuild on that puppy. Do it right and do it once. If you need a good machine shop around here, Chets up in layton or Ogden somewhere and the other really good one is Clegg's down in Orem. I would go to Clegg's if you can.
At least change the fluid in that rans and put a trans cooler on it. With a little more than stock stall it makes a lot more heat. While you are at it get a radiator to support an 8. It's worth the piece of mind over the 6 cyl radiator, and cheap insurance so this doesn't happen again.