Originally Posted by AutoGear
If he wants to invest some money into it and youre going to try your hand at burning, you might want to see how he feels about picking up a different manifold and heads. Over on thirdgen.org, you can always find someone doing a LS1 swap, and there usually a few minirams, ported OEM intakes, worked iron heads, 58cc aluminum heads etc on the for sale boards. Also, there are some racing circles that need date coded 305 blocks, so it should be worth more than scrap.
awesome thanks for that advice. Ill definitely take a look. I just figured with the way I wanted to build the engine his transmission and rearend should last longer lol.