Yea I agree. Too much of a headache.
I started out by looking at crate engines on ebay and then I found a whole truck for about the same price as the crate engine.
The more questions I asked about it though from the owner and you guys leads me to think I'll pass on it.
I'm in the same boat with a motor that I already have all the parts to put together that I was asking about in another thread.
350 4 bolt that is .030 over with 4-valve relief flat tops and 64 cc double humps. Fresh with screw in studs, guide plates, and Z28 springs good to about .550 lift (I think).
By my calculations, I'm gonna be over 10 to 1 with a zero deck height and thin head gaskets to get some quench. And from what I've read it's more prone to detonate with more deck height and a thicker gasket because then there is room for the gas to run off to the side of the flame and detonate.
Is this the case?